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  eNews Issue #158 (June 2017)

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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: 1910 "W-Unc" Colorized Portraits
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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June 2017

28Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Hunt Auctions (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
29Dallas, TX Heritage Auctions (see website for details).
30Phone/Internet Leland's Catalog Auction (see website for details).

July 2017

8Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).
10-11Miami, FL Hunt Auctions (see website for details).
11-13Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction (incl. baseball; website).
14-16Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
26-30Rosemont, IL National Sports Collectors Convention (see website for details).

2. Set Profile: 1910 "W-Unc" Colorized Portraits

This somewhat obscure set is often overlooked by vintage collectors. It is a group of 26 cards referenced in early price guides as the
1910 W-Unc Colorized Portraits set.

The "W-Unc" classification indicates that the cards were produced as strip cards and that they were uncataloged in the American Card Catalog. However, it has subsequently been determined that the set was originally printed on the front and back covers of a notebook and pre-dates most other strip card sets by at least a decade or longer.

A Walter Johnson example from the set is shown at right. As shown in the example, the cards are unnumbered and have blank backs. The fronts have very narrow off-white borders. A panel at the bottom of the cards is used for printing the player's last name and team affiliation.

All cards measure approximately 2-3/8 inches in height. The widths vary, with most (20 cards) measuring 1-3/8 inches. The other six cards are cut at approximately 1-5/8 inches in width. These wider examples include cards for Chance, Cobb, Collins, Jennings, Mathewson and Wagner.

The date of issue for the set is best pegged at 1910, based on the playing careers of the 26 players in the set.

Somewhat crudely produced, the cards feature colorized portraits of uniformed players. On most cards, the player's team imprint can be identified on his jersey.

While collectors have been aware of the "Colorized Portrait" cards for some time, it was not until early in the twenty first century that the nature of the panels from which the cards were cut became more widely known. At that time full notebooks with covers that included all cards in the set were discovered by the hobby.

A low grade example of one of the notebooks is shown here. As readily seen from the example, the set was printed (half on front and half on back) on the covers of the notebook.

The portraits include all players found in the set, equally divided with thirteen players from each of the two Major Leagues.

The covers are titled "Rivals" with subtitles for each league. The six wider cards in the set (mentioned above) are printed across the middle of the display.

Interestingly, the pose for the Honus Wagner card from the Colorized Portraits set is based on the now-famous Carl Horner pose used on Wagner's T206 card. Cards from both sets (shown at the approximate same scale) are illustrated at right.

It is also worth noting that in addition to the Wagner example shown, nine other player poses match those in the 1909-1911 T206 "White Border" set. All ten players are identified in the 1910 W-Unc Colorized Portraits Checklist on than Old Cardboard website.

The recently added checklist also identifies each player's team (as printed on the card), league and the six cards that measure slightly wider (1-5/8 vs 1-3/8 inches) than the others.

A Set Profile and Gallery of Cards for the Colorized Portraits set have also been added to the 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:
1910   "W-Unc"   Colorized Portraits

Set Checklists have been added for:
1910   "W-Unc"   Colorized Portraits

Set Galleries have been added for:
1910   "W-Unc"   Colorized Portraits

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.

W (Strip Cards)
1922 W501
1925-28 W512/W513
1920-21 W514
1931 W517 Strip Cards
W600/W601 Sporting Life
W602/W603 Sports Exchange

PC754 HOF Plaque PCs
PC765 Deitsch Postcards
PC773 H.M. Taylor Pub.
PC775 Grignon Cubs
PC786 Orcajo PCs
PC798 Baseball Comic PCs
1919 PC799 Reds Champs

(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.