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  eNews Issue #166 (June 2018)

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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: 1923 W572 Strip Cards
3. Set Profile: Arbuckle Coffee Trade Cards
4. Latest Additions to the Website
5. News Briefs (A Digest of Recent Hobby Happenings)

1. Updated Auction and Show Calendar

The following is a summary of vintage card events coming up in the next 45-60 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 2018

29Internet Sports Card Link (see website for details).
30Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).

July 2018

5Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
6-8Houston, TX Houston Collectors Show (Tristar) (see website for details).
10-12Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction (incl. baseball; website).
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13-15Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
18Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
19-20Dallas, TX Heritage Sports Collectibles Auction (see website for details).

August 2018

1-5Cleveland, OH National Sports Collectors Convention (see website for details).
8Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
9Phone/Internet Auction (see website for details).
9Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
16Internet Bagger's Auctions (see website for details).
17Phone/Internet Leland's Catalog Auction (see website for details).
18Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
17-19White Plains, NY White Plains Sports Card Show (see website for details).
18-19Dallas, TX Heritage Sports Collectibles Auction (see website for details).

2. Set Profile: 1923 W572 Strip Cards

W572 Front

"Garrety" Back
The 1923 W572 strip card set has always presented a challenge to vintage baseball card collectors. A recent discovery, however, has identified a previously unknown distributor of the cards.

Old Cardboard reader Glenn Scheyd sent us the scan of the new W572 back type. It is one of three such cards that showed up last year as part of a collection of vintage cards acquired by a local card dealer in Cincinnati, OH. Ads printed on the card backs promote the "Garrety Dry Cleaners and Tailors" located at 414 E. 5th Street in Cincinnati.

The players featured on the three cards were John Morrison (example shown here), Chas. Hollocher and Lee King.

In researching the backs, Scheyd uncovered a 1930 ad that ran in the Cincinnati Enquirer placed by Garrety Dry Cleaners. Further, Scheyd was able to locate a period city directory that in fact listed the "CHerry" exchange in downtown Cincinnati--the exchange printed on the card back.

The 121-card W572 strip card set was issued in 1923 by an unknown producer. The set is designated as W572 Strip Cards in the American Card Catalog.

The 1-5/16 by 2-1/2 inch white-bordered cards feature black and white player poses. The player's first and last names are shown in script lettering near the bottom of the image, along with the player's team printed in small block letters. A copyright logo is also printed near the lower border of the card fronts.

The W572 strip set is a subset of the much larger (240-card) E120 American Caramel series issued during the same period. Except for the Ty Cobb card in the W572 set, the player poses are derived from the same photos used in E120.

In addition, the W572 set is known to be closely related to the T85 (actors and actresses) series and likely also related to the W580 (boxing) cards of the same year.

W572 "Neilson's Chocolate Bars"
While the vast majority of W572 cards are blank backed, cards are also known with backs printed promoting "Neilson's Chocolate Bars." These were first reported in April 1988 in Issue #16 of Lew Lipset's Old Judge Newsletter (image shown at left).

Note: there has been some discussion among collectors concerning the authenticity of the printed backs on the W572 cards, with some speculating that the ads are "overprints" that may have been printed in more recent years. This "conspiracy theory" seems unlikely, however, considering the trouble that one would have to go through to produce such overprints with very little financial incentive. The discovery of this second W572 "sponsor" seems to further validate the authenticity of the W572 ad-back cards.

Along with a W572 Set Profile, the players are checklisted on the Old Cardboard website.

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3. Set Profiles: Arbuckle Coffee Trade Cards

from Arbuckle Satire Series (Card #58)

Trade Card Back
Along with its competitors McLaughlin and Gold Medal, Arbuckle Coffee was among the most prolific distributors of trade cards in the final decades of the 19th century. For several years around 1890, Arbuckle distributed more than a dozen sets that included many hundreds of cards.

Of these, only two cards contained references to baseball.

The "Gets There Just The Same" card shown at left was included in Part II of a 100-card set now referred to as the Satire Series. It was issued in late 1888 or early 1889.

The front of each card is a brightly colored illustration presenting satirical commentary in a cartoonish style. All cards display a humorous (or sometimes not so humerous by today's standards) text at the bottom of the card. The title and text below the cartoon on this card reads:


The catcher of the visiting team is a little bow-
legged, but suffers no inconvenience on that ac-
count by reason of the above ingenious device.


The backs of cards in the Satire Series are printed in one of two styles. One (as in the example on the card above) contains the standard "Four Points" sales pitch, in a vertical format, explaining the four key virtues of Arbuckles' Ariosa Coffee. A second style, known for some cards in the series, shows a detailed engraving of the Arbuckle factory buildings and docks, in shades of blue in a horizontal format. However, this second back style has not been confirmed for the baseball-themed card (Card #58).

As seen at the top of the card back, it is "No. 58" in the series.

1888 issue

(Vol. 14,
No. 360)

The cartoons in the Arbuckle Satire Series were not original works done for Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Co. Rather, they were taken from three of the popular humor magazines of the period: Puck, Judge, and Texas Siftings. The original source is always attributed at the bottom of the card.

Interestingly, however, the baseball-themed card above did not originally appear in Texas Siftings as stated at the bottom of the card. Instead, it was published in the September 8, 1888 issue of Judge magazine (Vol. 14, No. 360). A clipping of the original Judge cartoon is shown at right.

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The other Arbuckle card that relates to baseball is Card #1 from the 50-card "Sports and Pastimes of All Nations" series. As shown here, however, the reference to baseball is a bit more subtle, with two players on a baseball field background on the far right side of the card.

from Arbuckle Sports and Pastimes of all Nations Series (Card #1)

The card back identifies the card as "No. 1" in the series and contains text promoting the company's Ariosa brand coffee and encouraging the user to "keep a small coffee-mill in your kitchen and grind your coffee just as you use it--one mess at a time."

Although baseball is perhaps down played in the graphics on the card front, it is more prominently featured in the text on the reverse. Under the title "United States," the right side of the card back contains the following narrative:

We are a cosmopolitan land, and as such, have attempted to take from all nations their best, rejecting what our judgments could not approve, and usually improving what we have taken. So it is with base-ball, the truly national game. This is the highest developement of which any form of playing with balls has thus far been found capable. It has taken something from football, from cricket, from hand-ball and evolved the most scientific game. In playing it well, every quality of the athlete comes into play.

Yachting is another national sport and every sheet of navigable water is covered with the fairy sails of pleasure craft. Our country holds the World's supremacy in yachting. The circus is pre-eminently an American institution, universally in favor with the young and one may say the old. The name of P. T. Barnum is more potent to the imagination and calls up more pleasure than almost any other that may be suggested.

Fishing counts its American devotees by the thousands.

Canoeing, a very popular sport of to-day is an inheritance from the aboriginal Indians who fashioned them of birch bark.

Cycling is a diversion that counts its devotees by the million. In 1819, a machine was invented derisively called a hobby-horse, but the feet of the propeller rested on the ground. With the advent of the "cycle" and "safety" a revolution in outings has been accomplished.

Amateur photography is a fad that has come in of recent years, but it has come to stay. The camera fiend is abroad in the land, and there's little of note that he does not capture.

Many other sports and pastimes engage our juvenile population, not the least of which is the celebration of the national holiday by the display of fireworks.

In addition, a single line of text across the bottom of the card reads "This is one of a series of Fifty (50) Cards giving a pictorial History of the Sports and Pastimes of all Nations."

A comprehensive book entitled "Arbuckles' Ariosa Coffee Victorian Trade Cards" was recently released by Jeffrey Buck who provided some of the material for this article. The 318-page illustrated full-color book in 8-1/2 by 11-inch format can be ordered from Jeff's extensive website at

4. 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 added for:
1889   N88   Terrors of America (small format)
1889   N136   Terrors of America (large format)

Set Galleries have been added for:
1889   N88   Terrors of America (small format)

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)

5. News Briefs (A Digest of Recent Hobby Happenings)

See You at the "National." We look forward to visiting with our sponsors and collector friends at the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, held August 1-5. Please feel free to call or text during the convention at 512-466-5358 so that we can meet-up in person. Look forward to seeing you there.

Lyman and Brett Hardeman
Old Cardboard, LLC.

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