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  eNews Issue #127 (November 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. Set Profile: 1880s H804-13 Trade Card Set
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. 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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November 2014

19-20Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).
20Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
21-23Rosemont, Il Chicago Sun Times Sports Collectibles Conv. (see website for details).
27Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Giovanni Sports Auctions (see website for details).

December 2014

3Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
3Phone/Internet Mile High Catalog Auction (see website for details).
3Internet All-Sports Auctions (see website for details).
3-4Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
4Phone/Internet Bussineau Sports Rarities (see website for details).
4Phone/Internet Auction (see website for details).
4Phone/Internet Collectible Classics Auction (see website for details).
5-7King of Prussia, PA Philly Sports Card & Memorabilia Show (see website for details).
5Phone/Internet SCP Auctions (see website for details).
6Phone/Internet Worthridge Auctions (see website for details).
7Phone/Internet Wheatland Sports Memorabilia Auction (see website for details).
11Phone/Internet Mile High Premium Catagog Auction (see website for details).
11Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
11Phone/Internet Collectible Classics Auction (see website for details).
22Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).

2. Set Profile: 1880s H804-13 Trade Card Set

Today's baseball fans and vintage collectors sometimes compare the game today with baseball we remember as kids growing up in the [whenever], or even from what we have read about the dead ball era from the earliest decades of 20th century.

The H804-13 trade card set featured here, however, contrasts the game from somewhat earlier times. The six card set compares "Old Style" and "New Style" baseball from the perspective of the mid-1880s--relative to "the way it was" a decade or two before that.

The six cards in the H804-13 set are shown below.

(1) The Batter

(2) The Catcher

(3) The Fielder

(4) The Pitcher

(5) The Scorer

(6) The Umpire

As illustrated in the cards, trends in baseball at the time were:

  • batters became more focused
  • catchers donned protective masks
  • fielders found more idle time
  • pitching got faster
  • scoring became more detailed, and
  • umpires gained more respect
  • As with many trade card series the "old style new style" cards were printed in color for use by mulitple advertisers of diverse products, then overprinted (on the front, back or both) for distribution to their customers.

    The H804-13 cards measure 3 by 4-1/2 inches--a common size for trade cards of the period. The six cards are all veritcally oriented. Each is illustrated with both "new" and "old" style baseball with the title centered at the bottom of the card. While the printer is not identified, all cards are found with the label "C-929" in small type at bottom left.

    A Set Profile and Player Checklist and full Card Gallery for the H804-13 Trade Card Set has been added to the Old Cardboard website.

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    3. 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:
    1880s   H804-13   "Old Style-New Style" Trade Cards

    Set Checklists have been added for:
    1880s   H804-13   "Old Style-New Style" Trade Cards

    Set Galleries have been added for:
    1880s   H804-13   "Old Style-New Style" Trade Cards
    1911   T201   Mecca Double Folders

    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 (Topps)
    Magic Photo/Hocus Focus
    1951 Topps Gum
    1952 Topps Gum
    1953 Topps Gum
    1954 Topps Gum
    1955 Topps Gum
    1956 Topps Gum
    1957 Topps Gum
    1958 Topps Gum

    T3 Turkey Reds
    T200 Fatima (Team)
    T201 "Double Folders"
    T202 Hassan Triple Folders
    T203 Mayo BB Comics
    T204 Ramly
    T205 Gold Borders
    T206 White Borders
    T207 Brown Background

    (more custom searches
    by major card groups)

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

    T201 Doughtery/Lord Card Found from Factory 30. A 1911 T201 Mecca "Double Folder" card of Harry Lord (front) and Patsy Dougherty (reverse) that was distributed from Factory 30 of the 2nd District of New York was recently discovered and reported by Pennsylvania collector Cliff Franklin. The card had previously only been reported as being distributed from Factory 649 (see Michael Wheat, "1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders: Setting Precedent for the 20th Century," Old Cardboard magazine, Issue #31, p. 30-36). With this discovery, all 50 cards from the T201 set have now been reported as being distributed from each of the two factories. Congrats to Cliff for discovering and reporting this find.

    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.