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  eNews Issue #147 (July 2016)

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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. E270-2 Colgan's Camnitz Card "Rediscovered"
3. Latest Additions to the Website

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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July 2016

15-17Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Bussineau Sports Rarities Summer Auction (see website for details).
28Dallas, TX Heritage PSA-Graded T206 White Border Auction (see website for details).
30Phone/Internet Small Traditions Summer Premium Auction (see website for details).
31Phone/Internet Pristine Auctions (see website for details).

August 2016

3-7Atlantic City, NJ National Sports Collectors Convention (see website for details).
4Phone/Internet Goldin Auctions (see website for details).
4Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
10-11Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
11Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
13Phone/Internet Goldin Auctions (see website for details).
20San Leandro, CA San Francisco Bay Area Show (see web page for details)
20Phone/Internet SCP Auctions Mid-Summer Classic (see website for details).
27Phone/Internet Small Traditions Summer Premium Auction (see website for details).
27-28Dallas, TX Heritage Signature Sports Collectibles Auction (see website for details).

2. E270-2 Colgan's Camnitz Card "Rediscovered"

Although the Colgan's E270-2 "Tin Tops" card of Pirates pitcher Howie Camnitz was included on early hobby checklists, the existence of the card has been questioned by many collectors of the set for more than two decades.

But thanks to input from advanced vintage collector and Old Cardboard subscriber Richard Masson, the long "lost" Camnitz card has now been verified and is alive and well and living in Kentucky--the state from which it was originally distributed.

In a 1996 article written by veteran collector and dealer Larry Fritsch (1936-2007) and published in the Vintage & Classic Baseball Collector (VCBC, Issue #8, September/October 1996), Fritsch questioned the existence of about two dozen cards from the E254 Stars of the Diamond subset that he believed were placed on the then-current E254 checklist in error. Now, two decades later, none of those cards have been verified by the hobby and they have been removed from many hobby checklists.

In addition, Fritsch identified cards of two players (Camnitz and Hanford) from the E270-2 Tin Tops set that he believed did not exist. The discovery of the Camnitz card pictured above is the first and only Colgan's card identified as erroneous by Fritsch that has now been confirmed to exist.

Masson also reported several other E270-2 "Tin Tops" cards not previously found on hobby checklists. These include: Hunter (Minneapolis); George Merritt (Buffalo); Perry (Providence); Bud Ryan (Cleveland) and Ed "Tubby" Spencer (St. Paul).

All of the above cards have now been added to the Tin Tops checklist on the Old Cardboard website.

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In related news, Colgan's collector John Spano has reported the discovery of a very interesting and unique Colgan's card from the "208" sub-series (front and back image shown at left). Note the very rare "208 In Present Series" printed across the bottom on the back of the card.

Of particular interest is the absence of any team affiliation labeling on the front of the card. To our knowledge, this is the only Colgan's example that does not contain a team label.

Also of special note is the "Kroh" label printed at the top of the card front. In all other Colgan's cards, as in the E270-2 Camnitz example above, the player's name is printed on the left side of his image, or on a very limited basis in the Red Borders subset, at the bottom of the player image.

A Set Profile and Player Checklist that encompases all three Colgan's subsets (i.e., E254 Stars of the Diamond, E270-1 Red Borders and E270-2 Tin Tops) are provided on the Old Cardboard website. The Checklist is sortable by player last name, team or league.

A complete Gallery of all 289 known cards (including all team variations) in the E254 subset is also provided on the website. It is a unique and quite impressive gallery made possible by a number of contributors.

Thanks again to Richard Masson and John Spano for their input provided for this article.

Note: For a comprehensive description of all of the Colgan's subsets, see: John Spano, "1909-1913 Colganís Baseball Sets: Packed with 'The Gum Thatís Round,'" Old Cardboard (Issue #19, Spring 2009, p. 26-33)

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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:

A Group (Type-Card) Gallery has been added for Exhibit Cards (a subgroup of "W" cards). Such Group Galleries are listed at the beginning of each Group Index accessible on the navigation bar at the top of each page on the website. They function as "type card" galleries within each major card group. They are intended to help streamline the identification of various card sets and provide a visual path to the Profile pages on the Old Cardboard website for each set. Each card image in the group represents a vintage baseball card set and includes a link to more detailed information about the issue.

Set Checklists have been substantially updated for:
1909-13 Colgan's Chips (including all major sub-series)

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, images of cards missing from our galleries, error corrections and suggestions. Please send all feedback 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 group)

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.