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  eNews Issue #160 (August 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: 1951 Wheaties "Test Issue"
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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August 2017

24Internet Bagger's Auctions (see website for details).
30Phone/Internet Mile High "Extra Innings" Auction (see website for details).

September 2017

2Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).
6Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
7Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
9Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).
13Phone/Internet Hunt Auctions (see website for details).
13Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
14Phone/Internet Mile High Catalog Auction (see website for details).
14Phone/Internet Sandler's All-Sports Auctions (see website for details).
22-24King of Prussia, PA Philly Show (see website for details).
23Internet Brockelman Auctions (see website for details).

2. Set Profile: 1951 Wheaties "Test Issue"

The 1951 Wheaties Test Issue (also referred to as the Wheaties Premium Photo Set) is a relatively obscure group of twelve cards issued around 1951. The images are mostly (but not all) portraits, some of which were displayed on the backs of much more widely distributed Wheaties boxes the following year.

Little is known about the origins of the obscure issue. Set checklists circulated within the hobby and in price guides have been incomplete until the past several years.

Based on research by Old Cardboard reader Tim Begley, the checklist is now considered complete at twelve cards. These include nine baseball subjects along with athletes from three other sports (figure skating, golf and tennis).

The 5 by 7-inch black & white cards have white borders. The subject's full name is printed in all capital lettering at the bottom. All card backs are blank.

The cards are sequenced by the letters "A" through "L" printed near the bottom right corner of the card. The sequence letters all carry the prefix "A8491" without any sponsor identification.

It is speculated that the set was produced as a test issue to determine popularity of the photos for later use in a redemption premium. But because contracts were apparently never completed with two of the subjects (Mickey Mantle and Al Rosen), the distribution of the set was ended.

The 1952 Wheaties card of Stan Musial (above) is clearly based on the same photographic pose used in the 1951 Wheaties "Test Issue" shown at right.
Although there is no sponsor labeling printed on the cards, the set has been attributed to Wheaties brand cereal, a brand of Minnesota-based General Mills, Inc.

However, because several of the images used in the 1951 "Test Issue" are also found in a 60-card set printed on the back of boxes of Wheaties cereal the following year, the two sets have long been linked and attributed to the Wheaties brand. Examples of the Musial card from both sets are illustrated here at approximately the same scale.

An updated Set Profile for the 1951 Wheaties "Test Issue" (including a Set Checklist and Full Gallery of all 12 subjects in the multi-sport series) is provided on the Old Cardboard website.

In addition, a Checklist and Gallery (baseball subjects only) of the 20 cards (10 players; 2 different cards for each player) for the 1952 Wheaties regular issue has 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:
1951   Wheaties "Test Issue" (updated to reflect recent discoveries)

Set Checklists have been added for:
1951   Wheaties "Test Issue"
1952   Wheaties Regular Issue

Set Galleries have been added for:
1951   Wheaties "Test Issue"
1952   Wheaties Regular Issue

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.

C46 Imperial Tobacco (Canada)
V61 Neilson's Choc. (Canada)
V300 O-Pee-Chee (Canada)
Propagandas Montiel (Cuba)
Stamps/Transfers (Germany)
Menko Cards (Japan)

S74 "Silks"
1914 B18 Blankets
1939 Centennial Stamps
1930s Diamond Matchbooks
Baseball Sheet Music
1943 Yankees Stamps

(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.