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Old Cardboard Magazine -- Issue #1

Our inaugural issue was distributed to subscribers in October, 2004. A description of the cover and the contents for Issue #1 are provided below.

Issue #1 Cover

Issue #1 TOC

Articles published in this issue are written by some of the hobby's most informed experts and about some of it's most interesting vintage sets. They include:

1) "1911 Western Playground ..." by Mark Macrae. An overview and important update of this very rare set written by an expert on PCL issues. All-color graphics include a gallery of the only known complete set of this issue in existence today. A complete set checklist (including player positions and team affiliations that are not printed on the cards) is also provided.

2) "'National' Convention at Cleveland in Review" by Old Cardboard Staff. The National Sports Collectibles Convention celebrated its 25th show in July, and continues as a key event for many vintage dealers and collectors alike. Here, a few of the more interesting displays and vintage items found for sale are described. The Network 54 forum members are also photographed and identified.

3) "CCB: The Earliest Hobby Publication" by George Vrechek. Veteran hobby writer Vrechek uses card collecting pioneer Lionel Carter's complete run of the venerable Card Collector's Bulletin (CCB) to research this article. Beginning in 1937 by Jefferson Burdick then continuing into the 1980's by Charles Bray, the CCB is widely considered to be the hobby's first periodical.

4) "Baseball Currency: Early Stars Preserved in Woodcuts" by Jerry Spillman. Long-time collector Spillman describes this unusual and difficult-to-find 19th century issue. Examples of all seven known variations (based on the year of issue and the teams represented) are identified and displayed.

5) "1910 Tim Jordan Card Game ..." by Bob Melchin. This article describes a baseball card game produced by Major League player Tim Jordan. The game was sold and played nearly a century ago. The example set pictured was rescued from destruction about eight years ago while enroute to the Malden, Massachusetts city dump. The complete "Rules and Directions" for playing the game are displayed.

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