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  eNews Issue #161 (September 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: 1954 R714-19 Topps Scoop
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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September 2017

7Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
9Phone/Internet Small Traditions 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).
21Dallas, TX Heritage Auctions (see website for details).
22-24King of Prussia, PA Philly Show (see website for details).
23Internet Brockelman Auctions (see website for details).
27Phone/Internet Hunt Auctions (see website for details).

October 2017

6Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
12Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
13-15Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
20Internet BST Auctions (see website for details).
21Phone/Internet SCP Auctions (see website for details).
25Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).
28Dallas, TX Heritage Auctions (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Robert Edward Auctions (see website for details).

2. Set Profile: 1954 R714-19 Topps Scoop

The "Scoop" series of gum cards distributed by Topps Chewing Gum, Inc. is generally thought to have been issued in 1954, although it was issued in two series, possibly beginning in 1953. The cards are identified as set R714-19 in the American Card Catalog.

The set features key events in world history dating back to the middle ages.

The series includes just four cards featuring baseball events. As a result, the set also has wide appeal among non-sport collectors. One of the four baseball events, however, celebrates Babe Ruth slamming his sixtieth home run, making that card the key to the entire set.

Headlines for the four baseball events featured include "Bob Feller Sets Strikeout Record" (card #27), "Babe Ruth Sets Home Run Record" (#41), "Braves Move To Milwaukee" (#130) and the "26-Inning Tie Game" (#154).

The Scoop cards were distributed in both 1-cent and 5-cent packs of gum. The downsized cards (smaller than other Topps issues of the period) measure 2-1/16 by 2-15/16 inches.

Card fronts are derived from quality paintings of the historical events. A brief headline and date are also printed inside a white panel on the card front.

The card fronts are found both with and without two black "scratch-off" stripes that cover the full width of the card (see example at left). Most of the scratch-off stripes are printed with the messages "Scoop -- Scratch it off, Peel it off" and "See it now!" However, the stripes can also be found in solid black without the messages.

It is reported that the scratch-off versions of the card were distributed with all 1-cent packs but on only the top card of those found in the 5-cent packs. Cards with the scratch-off panels intack are less common but still readily encountered by today's collectors.

The card backs (see example of Bob Feller card above) are formatted to simulate a newspaper masthead, headline and story along with a black and white image related to the event. Across the top is the name and logo of an actual newspaper of the period along with a location and date of the event. The card number is printed prominently in the top left corner while the word "Extra" is found at top right.

All cards identify and promote the next card number in the series, along with the event depicted on the next card, printed in white over a black panel at the bottom, .

As indicated, the Topps Scoop cards were distributed in both 1-cent and 5-cent packs. An example of the wrapper used with each package type is shown here.

Interestingly, the small print on the 5-cent wrapper on the right states that the pack contains "1 Slab Bubble Gum Plus Picture Cards" without specifying the number of cards in the pack. The 1-cent packs each contained "1 Stick Bubble Gum" along with a Scoop card.

A Set Profile for the 1954 Topps Scoops set (baseball only) along with a Set Checklist and Gallery of Cards is 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 Galleries have been added for:
1954   R714-19   Topps "Scoop"

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.

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter
1888 N29 Allen & Ginter
N162 Goodwin Champions
N172 Old Judge
N184 Kimballs
1800s BB Trade Cards

D303/D304 General Baking
D305 Bond Bread
1946-50 D317 Remar Bread
1910 D322 Tip Top Bread
1947 D323 Tip Top Bread
1916-21 D350 Standard Biscuit

(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.