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  eNews Issue #152 (December 2016)

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1. Updated Auction and Show Calendar
2. Set Profile: 1934 PD9 Ward's Sporties Pinbacks
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. Curious Collector Corrects Colgan's Chips Checklist

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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January 2017

14Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
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2. Set Profile: 1934 PD9 Ward's Sporties Pinbacks

Mystery continues to surround a small and relatively obscure set of eight pinbacks listed in the American Card Catalog as set PD9 Ward's Sporties.

Perhaps because the set is listed in the ACC under the category "Bakery Button Inserts," the pins are generally associated with "Ward's Bakery." But that association remains uncertain, as a direct connection to a bakery of that name has not been made.

Even the date attributed to the set (1934) is unconfirmed. Although all eight of the players featured in the set played in 1934, they all had careers that spanned well beyond that year.

PD9 Front

PD9 Reverse

The pins measure about 1-1/4 inches in diameter (an example of the PD9 Dizzy Dean pinback is shown at right).

The celluloid over metal fronts are printed with a wide red border with white lettering around the circumference that reads "Good Sports Enjoy Ward's Sporties." The player's image is printed over a white background in the center of the pinback. The player's name is printed above his image and the word "Eats" found below, showing at least that the product being promoted is food.

The pinback backs are metal without any advertising insert.

Half of the players in the set (Dizzy Dean, Jimmie Foxx, Frank Frisch and Charlie Gehringer) have since been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. The remaining four players are: Jimmie Dykes, Charlie Grimm, Schoolboy Rowe and Jimmie Wilson). Curiously, the pinback of Charlie Grimm seems to have been produced in the largest quantity, as it shows up with noticeably higher frequency among today's collectors.

A Set Checklist and Complete Gallery of all eight PD9 Ward's Sporties Pinbacks are provided on 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 Checklists have been updated for:
1909-13   E254/E270 Colgan's Chips (changes player Bill Clymer to Ottis Clymer).

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.

E91 American Caramel
E92 Nadja/Croft's/Dockman
E93 Standard Caramel
E94 George Close Candy
E95 Philadelphia Caramel
E96 Philadelphia Caramel

E120 Am. Caramel
E121 Am. Caramel
E122 Am. Caramel
E136/137 Zeenuts
E145 Cracker Jack
E254/270 Colgan's Chips

(more custom searches
by major card group)

4. Curious Collector Corrects Colgan's Chips Checklist

Vintage collector and Old Cardboard reader Val Kehl has discovered an error in the modern day checklist for the century-old E254 and E270 Colgan's Chips sets.

E254 Clymer
E270-2 Clymer
Chicago Nat'l
For years, the "Clymer" card in both the E254 Stars of the Diamond series as well as the E270-2 Tin Tops series has been listed as Bill Clymer. Example cards from both sub-sets are shown at right.

The Clymer card also appears in the checklist for the E270-1 Red Borders series, but has not been confirmed by collectors today.

As the Manassas, Virginia-based Kehl recently explained in a note to Old Cardboard:

I recently acquired an E270-2 Colgan's Tin Tops of Bill Clymer of the Chicago Cubs for my type collection. One reason I was especially pleased to obtain this card is that I was aware that a Clymer had played for the Washington Senators, and I try to obtain type cards of players who played for the Senators at some time during their careers.

However, upon checking, I note that Bill Clymer played only 3 games of major league ball in 1891 [and for the Athletics; not Minneapolis or the Cubs]. The only other Clymer listed is an Otis Clymer, who did play for the Senators in 1907-1909 and for the Cubs in 1913. Furthermore, the pic of Otis Clymer on more closely resembles the pic of Clymer on the E270-2 than does the pic of Bill Clymer. Clearly, it appears to me that Clymer is misidentified in the Standard Catalog and by SGC, as well as in OC's checklist. Attached are scans of my E270-2, and below are the links to for these two Clymers.

Bill Clymer on
Otis Clymer on

A look at the images of both players (Bill and Otis) on provides further evidence that the player pictured on the Colgan's card is indeed Otis. Images for both players are provided below for more direct comparison to the player featured in the E270-2 Colgan's example.

Bill Clymer
Colgan's Chips
Otis Clymer

Based on these images and Kehl's explanation above, we at Old Cardboard are convinced that the Colgan's "Clymer" is Otis (not Bill), but will leave it to our readers to judge for themselves. Meanwhile, we have changed our Colgan's Master Checklist to reflect what we are convinced to be the correct identification.

And on behalf of all of our readers, we thank Val Kehl for bringing this to our attention.

A Set Profile covering all three Colgan's subsets is provided on the Old Cardboard website.

Lyman and Brett Hardeman
Old Cardboard, LLC.

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