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eMagazine Issue #170 (June 2019)        

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1. Updated Auction and Show Calendar
2. Featured Set: 1904 Sporting Boiler Supplements
3. Set Profile: 1931 W754 Metropolitan Studios
4. 1910 Scorecard Highlights Early Jackson Photo (by John Esch)
5. 1952 Wheaties Tin Trays
6. Latest Additions to the Website
7. 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 60-90 days. For the most current listings of additional vintage card shows and auctions, see the Key Events Calendar, accessible directly from the home page of the Old Cardboard website.

Have an event that needs to be on the OC Calendar?
June 2019
15Austin, TX Old Cardboard eMagazine Distribution (Issue #170; website).
20Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
22Phone/Internet SCP Auctions (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).
July 2019
10-11Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction (incl. baseball; website).
11Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
12-14Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
18Phone/Internet Auction (see website for details).
31-4Chicago National Sports Collectors Convention (see website for details).
August 2019
1Live Chicago Goldin Auctions (see website for details).
8Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
8Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
10Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
10Phone/Internet Goldin Auctions (see website for details).
10Internet Love of the Game Auction (see website for details).
15Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
18Phone/Internet Robert Edward Auctions (see website for details).
31Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).

(more calendar events)

2. Featured Set: 1904 Sporting Boiler Supplements

Sporting Boiler--Boston National League Supplement
(Distributed August 20, 1904; click to enlarge)
While not nearly as well known to today's collectors as The Sporting News or Sporting Life, The Sporting Boiler of Philadelphia distributed a series of rare supplements in 1904 featuring "souvenir pictures" for all sixteen Major League baseball teams of the period.

The set is important in that images of many of the players pictured in the team photos are not easily found in other sources.

The half-tone black-and-white supplements measure 8-3/4 by 11 inches and are printed on coated paper stock. They are all blank backed.

The series began with the May 21, 1904 issue of the Boiler with a supplement featuring the Boston American League (Beaneaters). It continued weekly (with a short interruption near the end of the series) through September 24.

The photos were issued as free supplements with each weekly issue. Each supplement was titled over the team photo with the team's city and league association.

Curiously, there were small changes to the labeling of the supplements after the seventh supplement. The sub-head for the first seven supplements includes a supplement number (No. 1 through No. 7). All subsequent supplements drop the numbering sequence and simply indicate the date of issue.

In addition, a photo credit "H. S. Tarr, Phila." is printed just below the image on the right side for the first seven cards. This photo credit is dropped for all subsequent supplements.

In all supplements, the players in the photo are identified in a caption below the image.

The Sporting Boiler Newspaper

Front Cover of the July 9, 1904 Issue
As illustrated with the July 9, 1904 issue (shown at left), an enlarged image of a player (or boxer or other athlete) was one of the hallmarks of the newspaper cover. In this case, Athletics outfielder Louis Bruce is featured.

While the newspaper focuses on baseball, it also includes articles on boxing, horse racing, bowling, cricket and other sports.

The newspaper shown contains 20 pages and measures 10-1/2 by 13-3/4 inches (more than enough to contain the baseball team supplement).

In addition, a panel on the cover highlights the newspaper's then ongoing baseball supplement program, noting that a "Souvenir Supplement of the St. Louis Nationals" was packed inside.

Ad in July 9, 1904 issue of the
Sporting Boiler provides details
of its free supplement program.

The promotion was explained in more detail in an ad printed inside the newspaper (see image at right).

The ad further notes that the promotional campaign began with the supplement for the Boston Americans in the May 21 issue, followed by "the Athletics, Phillies, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Washington, Chicago and this week St. Louis." The "Detroit Americans" were to be next, "then right down the line."

A notice at the bottom indicated that there were a few copies left of the first seven pictures of the series that could be purchased for five cents each. The ordering address was given as 134 South Third Street in Philadelphia.

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Note: A Set Profile, Player Checklist and Set Gallery for the Sporting Boiler Supplements has been recently added to the Old Cardboard website.

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3. Set Profile: 1931 W754 Metropolitan Studios

Metropolitan Studios card of Dizzy Dean
(back is blank; select image to enlarge)
The relatively obscure 1931 team issue described here features 30 members of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. The oversized "cards" are printed on heavy paper and feature sepia-toned photos. As a team issue, the set is listed in the W754 section ("Baseball Club Issues") of the American Card Catalog.

The set becomes especially important as the Cardinals won the National League pennant the previous year and would become the World Champions in 1931, the year the set was produced.

The cards measure about 6-1/8 by 9-1/2 inches with borders of about 3/8-inchs. They are not numbered and have blank backs. The player's first and last names appear in small all-caps lettering along the bottom border just under his photo.

The player poses vary somewhat. Seventeen cards feature full body poses of the player in a Cardinals uniform. The others are a mixture of portraits and cropped player poses.

Just over half of the cards (16) include a Metropolitan Studio logo in a bottom corner within the image.

Six of the cards in the set (20 percent) feature players that have since been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. They are James Bottomley, Dizzy Dean, Frank Frisch, Burleigh Grimes, Chick Hafey along with team manager Branch Rickey.

Despite their "W754" listing under the "Baseball Club Issues" section of the the ACC, the cards are best known among vintage collectors as the "Metropolitan Studio" set.

Interestingly, portrait photos of two of the team's executives--President Sam Breadon and Vice President Branch Rickey--are credited to photographer Sid Whiting. Whiting ran his own photographic studio at 4322 Olive Street in St. Louis for most of the first half of the 20th century. It is not currently known his relationship to Metropolitan Studios.

The W754 cards were distributed primarily as a complete set via U.S. Mail.

A Set Profile for the Metropolitan Studio issue is provided on the Old Cardboard website. In addition, a Set Checklist and Gallery of Players have been recently added.

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4. 1910 Scorecard Highlights Early Jackson Photo (by John Esch)

In March of 1910 when 22-year-old Joe Jackson arrived in New Orleans to play for the city's franchise of the Southern Association, he had already experienced a few Major League games in each of the previous two years with Connie Mack's Philadelphia A's. But due to Jackson's less-than stellar performance along with his shy and sometimes unrefined character, Mack arranged for him to play for the New Orleans Pelicans--at least for the 1910 season--while still retaining rights to Jackson's contract.

Jackson rose to the occasion, leading the Pelicans to a league championship with a league batting high of .354 with 165 hits (also a league high).

In a surprise and questionable transaction, Mack traded Jackson to Cleveland near the end of the Pelican's 1910 season. Jackson would play for the Indians for the next five years before moving to the White Sox. The rest of the story, as they say, is now cast in baseball history.

A reminder of Jackson's early days with the minors is provided in the 1910 scorecard pictured below:

1910 New Orleans Pelicans. This century-old team photo/scorecard features the Southern
Association's 1910 New Orleans Pelicans along with an early image of Joe Jackson. Included in the
photo are (top row; left to right): Hank Butcher, Bert Maxwell, Otto Hess, Scotty Barr, George Rohe,
Jim Lafitte and John Mitchell; (bottom row): John Weimer, Oscar Dugey, Ted Breitenstein, Pat Paige,
Shoeless Joe Jackson, Bill Lindsay and Frank Manush. Photographer was L. F. Bouchereau.

While this is the only known scorecard picturing the 1910 Pelicans, the photograph is not unique. Cropped a little differently and with its background airbrushed out, the photo is also found in the "Book of Baseball: From the Earliest Day to the Present Season," published in 1911. The image can also be found in baseball guides of the period, also with the background detail removed.

Of the fourteen players pictured in the team photograph, eleven served at least a few games in the Majors. Jackson's teammate Frank Manush was the brother of Hall of Famer Heinie Manush.

The scorecard back (shown below) is preprinted for a game with a fellow Southern Association member, the Atlanta Crackers. Collectors of 1910 T210 Old Mill ("Red Borders") and 1910 T211 Red Sun ("Green Borders") sets will find many familiar names. In the lineup, Jackson is listed as batting fourth and playing centerfield.

Scorecard Back. The scorecard back is preprinted for a game with Southern Association rival, the Atlanta Crackers.

Note: The photo-scorecard is displayed at approximately 80 percent of actual size; the original measures about 9-1/4 by 7-1/4 inches and is printed on rigid cardboard stock.

The fact that the opponent is the Crackers is significant to placing an exact date on the scorecard. Based on accounts from the New Orleans Picayune, the Pelicans clinched the pennant on September 10. Although Jackson was to go to Cleveland to join the Naps for the closing games of the season after the Pelicans clinched the pennant, he wasn't ready to go. The final home game of the season was played September 11 against, yes, the Atlanta Crackers. It seems clear that the program was quickly printed for that game.

Weather was inclement on September 11, which held the estimated crowd to about 2,500, further accounting for the scorecard's scarcity. Joe went an uncharacteristic 0 for 3 in what would be his final minor league game. The game was called due to weather after seven innings with the Pelicans winning 1-0. Despite the weather, there was apparently celebration throughout in true New Orleans style--complete with a brass band and enhanced concessions and refreshments!

Jackson did make it to Cleveland, however, in time to play 20 games with the Naps to close out the 1910 season.

In addition to Jackson, notable Major Leaguers who played for the Pelicans during the team's sixty years in the Southern Association include Hall of Famers Dazzy Vance, Joe Sewell, Bob Lemon, and Earl Weaver

5. 1952 Wheaties Tin Trays

1952 Wheaties Tin Tray (Rizzuto)

1952 Wheaties Tin Tray (back)

In addition to its F272-3 Regular Issue box-back promotion in 1952, Wheaties distributed a set of metal trays that came glued to the back of some of its boxes of cereal.

A total of four baseball players appeared printed in color on the trays. The player images measure 3-1/2 by 4-1/2 inches while the outside dimensions of the tray are approximately 4-3/4 by 5-3/4 inches. A hole is pre-punched at the top to facilitate hanging, and the 3-dimensional raised border moulded around the circumference serves to frame the subject.

All four players (Ralph Kiner, Stan Musial, Phil Rizzuto and Jackie Robinson) have been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. Each tray also displays a facsimile signature within the image of the player.

The glue used to affix the trays to the Wheaties boxes must have been super strong, as most all examples known today have considerable paper gain after removal from the box.

Apparently, the tray for Jackie Robinson was produced in extremely lower quantities. As a result, the Robinson tray today sells for 20-30 times that of the trays for the three other players.

A Set Profile, Checklist and Gallery of Trays for the 1952 Wheaties Tin Trays issue have been added to the Old Cardboard website.

6. 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:
1904   Sporting Boiler Supplements
1941   W754   Cardinals Team Issue
1952   Wheaties Tin Trays

Set Checklists have been added for:
1904   Sporting Boiler Supplements
1952   Wheaties Tin Trays

Set Galleries have been added for:
1904   Sporting Boiler Supplements
1952   Wheaties Tin Trays

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)

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

"Wagner" Sells for $1.2 Million. A T206 card of Honus Wagner graded PSA 2 (Good) sold last month for $1.2 million. The private sale was brokered and reported by SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel, California. According to the company, this same card sold in 2014 and 2016 for $657,250 and $776,750, respectively. Interestingly, that amounts to an annualized growth of approximately 12.5 percent--very nearly the same as advances in the Dow Jones stock index over the same five-year period.

This Rose is a Rice. Famous American poet and playwright Gertrude Stein's well known quote "a rose is a rose is a rose" does not apply to the 1932 Worch Cigar (aka 1932 Wheaties) Minneapolis Millers team card set. For decades, hobby checklists have listed a card for "Harry Rose" as part of the 24-card issue. But Old Cardboard reader Eric Schmidtke points out that the card checklisted as Harry Rose is actually that of Harry Rice of the 1932 Millers lineup. It appears that the error stems from Rice's less-than-ideal penmanship used for his facsimile autograph found on the card. As a result, the "ic" in his last name was mistaken as an "os." As collectors of the set know, the only labeling on the card front is the player's autograph. The set Checklist and Gallery on the Old Cardboard website have been corrected accordingly.

New York Times Spotlights Scandal in the Vintage Card Hobby. Yesterday's (June 14, 2019) online edition of the New York Times includes an in-depth article describing alledged scandal in the vintage card hobby. The article is of considerable relevance to vintage card collectors and provides much perspective concerning the hobby's views about the "alteration", "conservation" and "restoration" of high-value cards. Reference is made to one of several related threads on the Net54 Forum--an internet meeting place devoted to vintage cards and memorabilia. The article is worthy of a critical look by our readers.

Lyman and Brett Hardeman
Old Cardboard, LLC.

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