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  eNews Issue #125 (September 2014)

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Welcome to Old Cardboard, the most complete reference resource for information about collecting vintage baseball cards and related memorabilia.  More information about this eNewsletter and its companion website and magazine are found at the bottom of this page.

1. Updated Auction and Show Calendar
2. Please Note: Important Changes at Old Cardboard
3. Set Profile: 1910 "Orange Borders"
4. Latest Additions to the Website
5. News Briefs (A Digest of Recent Hobby Happenings)

1. Updated Auction and Show Calendar

The following is a summary of vintage card events coming up in the next 30-45 days. For the most current listings on additional vintage card shows and auctions, see the Key Events Calendar on the Old Cardboard website.

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September 2014

24Phone/Internet Mile High Extra Innings Auction (see website for details).
25Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
26-28King of Prussia, PA Philly Sports Card & Memorabilia Show (see website for details).
27Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).

October 2014

1Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
9Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
10-12Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
11Internet Brockelman & Luckey Auctions (see website for details).
12Phone/Internet Wheatland Sports Memorabilia Auction (see website for details).
16Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
18Phone/Internet Robert Edward Auctions (see website for details).
23-25Dallas, TX Heritage Signature Sports Collectibles Auction (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).

2. Please Note: Important Changes at Old Cardboard

As we enter our second decade in providing quality informational resources to the vintage baseball collecting hobby, we are planning a few changes for moving forward. These changes begin now, as outlined below.


  • Frequency of Print Publication: In following the general trend toward more information being provided electronically (and less in hard copy), we will be printing only one issue of Old Cardboard magazine each year, scheduled for distribution around March 1.


We believe that the above changes will have a positive impact for our readers, our advertisers and ourselves. In addition to the significant cost-of-subscription reduction, our readers no longer need to remember when to renew your subscriptions. The result should be an expanded subscriber base--an obvious advantage for our advertisers. It will also reduce our processing time and costs since we will no longer need to track and send out renewal notices. Thus, the above changes should be win-win-win for all.

We sincerely appreciate the unwavering support from our readers, authors and advertisers over the past decade and look forward to serving the vintage hobby for many years into the future.

Lyman and Brett Hardeman

3. Set Profile: 1910 "Orange Borders" Candy Box Set

This rather obscure set of 35 known cards features some of the top players from the height of the dead ball era. While the cards have been known to vintage collectors for some time, they are not listed in the American Card Catalog. Many hopeful collectors believe that more players will be added to the current checklist of the century old set.

Cards in the set get their name from the orange borders that surround the black and white player images. The players are also printed with an orange tint overlay. They measure approximately 1-1/2 by 2-7/16 inches. All card backs are blank. The series currently numbers 33 player cards as well as team cards for the Tigers and Pirates.

The orange border cards were cut from a candy box on which the player images were printed. As a result, some cards are cut from the box without any borders surrounding the player image, eliminating the orange border and making it more difficult to identify the card.

As can be seen from the Orange Border Gallery of Cards, most all cards display waist-up action poses of the player. Exceptions are portrait poses of Lou Criger, Harry Davis and Addie Joss. All players in the set are shown in uniform.

The only labeling on the player cards is the name of the player printed at the bottom in all caps lettering. All cards except three (Fred Clark, Ty Cobb and Sam Crawford) show only the last names. In most all cases the name is printed in black lettering, although cards of Doyle and Joss are printed in white over a dark background. Interestingly, the card of McGraw is printed partly in black (over a light background) and partly in white (over a darker background). In still another variation, the label on the card of Dots Miller is printed in black and outlined in white over a dark background.

The boxes on which the cards were printed display a player on one side and a team photo for either the Detroit Tigers (1909 American League Pennant winners) or Pittsburgh Pirates (winners of the 1909 World Series) on the other.

The box shown here was recently sold in an SCP auction. Orange Border boxes are extremely rare, although a similar box featuring the Pirates on the team card side of the box is also known. Interestingly, both known boxes feature Devlin on the player side.

As seen, the Orange Border box carries the wording "American Sports and Candy and Jewelry." Part of the end flap states that the card on the box is "one of a set of 144 leading ballplayers." As indicated above, however, only 33 different player poses (including two poses for Honus Wagner) have been reported.

The end flaps on the Orange Border box carry the wording "American Sports and Candy and Jewelry" and the name "Geo. Davis Co., Inc." and "The P. R. Warren Co., Warrenville, Lowell, Mass." This is no doubt the same P. R. Warren Co. that printed the American Caramel Company's elusive E125 Die-Cuts cards. The P. R. Warren Company therefore holds the distinction of printing two of the baseball card hobby's most obscure card sets. As an added tidbit of trivia (no extra charge for this one), it is noted that in 1905, five years before it printed these obscure baseball sets, the P. R. Warren Company also published one of Mark Twain's most obscure book titles: "King Leopold's Soliloquy: A Defense of His Congo Rule."

Orange Border

Baseball Bats
Note: The "Orange Borders" are sometimes confused with cards from the Baseball Bats set. Both are cut from candy boxes and have blank backs. The Orange Border cards are slightly smaller, however, and the player's name is printed in a larger bolder type face.

Also, unlike the Baseball Bats cards, the Orange Borders do not show team or league affiliations next to the player's name. An example card from each set is shown here for side by side comparison. Both are displayed at approximate actual size.

A Set Profile and Player Checklist and full Card Gallery for the 1910 Orange Border set is provided on the Old Cardboard website.

Thanks to longtime collector Dan Mckee for providing card images and details about the Orange Border set.

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4. Latest Additions to the Website

We are continually expanding the Old Cardboard website with more set profiles, checklists and card galleries. Recent (past 30-40 days) additions include:

Set Profiles have been added for:
1935   Indiana Sport Avion (France)

Set Checklists have been added for:
1935   Indiana Sport Avion (France)

Set Galleries have been added for:
1910   "Orange Borders" Set
1935   Indiana Sport Avion (France)

Updating the website with checklists and full set galleries for additional vintage sets is an ongoing project, so check back often to check out the latest additions. There are now many thousands of card images on the website and the list continues to grow every month. We welcome and encourage feedback with checklist additions, card images, error corrections and suggestions. Please send all input to

Beyond the above pages recently added to the Old Cardboard website, we continue to expand and refine our eBay Custom Search Links to make finding vintage baseball cards on eBay easier than ever. The results of these searches are continuously changing, so check back often to find the most recent eBay listings. Samples of a few of these custom searches are provided below. Hundreds more are provided on the Set Profile pages throughout the Old Cardboard website.

R-Cards (Pre-WWII)
R300 George C. Miller
R306 Butter Cream
R310 Butterfinger
R313 Nat. Chicle "Fine Pens"
1933 R328 U.S. Caramel
1933 DeLong
1939 Play Ball
1940 Play Ball
1941 Play Ball

R-Cards (Post-WWII)
1943/49 M.P. & Co.
1949 Leaf
1934-36 Batter Up
1929 R316 Kashin
1934-36 Diamond Stars
1941 Double Play
1936 R311 Glossy/Leather
1936 R312 Color Tint
1935 Schutter-Johnson

(more custom searches
by major card groups)

5. News Briefs (A Digest of Recent Hobby Happenings)

1908 Postcard Set Continues to Expand. Now more than a century since the 1908 Detroit Free Press Tigers postcard set was first distrubuted, its checklist continues to expand. The most recent addition is a card for Claude Rossman, first baseman for the Tigers. The Rossman card showed up in the Goodwin & Co. Auction that closes later this month. The Rossman card has been added to the Checklist and Gallery for the 1908 PC773-4 Detroit Free Press postcard set on the Old Cardboard website.

Passing of Bill McAvoy. We are much saddened to learn of the recent passing of Omaha, Nebraska-based collector and dealer Bill McAvoy. For decades, Bill was well known to many vintage collectors and a familiar face at card shows and conventions. As a collector, Bill had an extensive collection of baseball wrappers, among other interests. He was a longtime friend and supporter of Old Cardboard and will be missed. May he rest in peace.

Lyman and Brett Hardeman
Old Cardboard, LLC.

Old Cardboard, LLC. was established in December 2003, to help bring information on vintage baseball card collecting to the hobbyist.  Produced by collectors for collectors, this comprehensive resource consists of three components: (1) Old Cardboard Magazine, (2) a companion website at and (3) this eNewsletter. The Old Cardboard website contains more than 500 pages of descriptive reference information for baseball card sets produced fifty years ago or longer.  Each of these set summaries has a direct set-specific link to auctions and a similar link to 's powerful search engine for further research.  The website also includes a Show and Auction Calendar, an eBay Top 50 Vintage Sellers List, and much more.  As a result, the Old Cardboard website makes a great "Alt-tab" companion for vintage card shoppers and researchers.  Old Cardboard eNews provides current hobby news, upcoming shows and auctions, and updates to the website and the magazine.  It is published around the middle of each month.  For a FREE subscription to the eNewsletter, or for subscription information on Old Cardboard Magazine, please visit the website at  If you find this information resource helpful, please tell your friends.  We need your support and your feedback. Thank you.