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Old Cardboard Magazine -- Issue #31

The cover and table of contents for Issue #31 are shown below.

Issue #31 Cover

Issue #31 Table of Contents

The articles in this issue include:

1) "1923 German Transfer Stamps: A Colorful Display of Ugly Drawings" by Old Cardboard Staff.   A brief look at what little is known about this issue produced about 1923 in Germany. Includes a checklist of all 13 baseball players in the set along with an image of a full unused sheet. A sheet attached to packaging for use in retail sales is also shown.

2) "The 1930-32 Harrison Studios Postcards and the 'Holy Grail' of the Negro Leagues" by Steven Greenes.   Collector Greenes describes details of this series of postcards issued in the early 1930s. Produced by Harrison Studios, the cards feature leading Negro League players of the period from the two most prominent teams: the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords. Greenes makes a convincing case that the card of Josh Gibson from the series is the most important "Holy Grail" of Negro League cards. A checklist and all known cards from the series are displayed.


3) "1913 CRAVATS Checklist Expands" by Jim and Chris Sexton.   Second-time Old Cardboard authors Jim and Chris Sexton provide an informative (and colorful) overview of this little known set of felt pennants produced around 1913. A major recent discovery of pennants for Joe Jackson, Nap Lajoie and Eddie Plank allow us to present an updated Checklist and a Gallery that includes images of 23 of the 25 currently known players.


4) "1893 N135 'Talk of the Diamond' (An Intriguing Set That Borrows Poses from N284 Buchner Gold Coin)" by Lyman Hardeman.   An overview of this nineteenth century set that combines humor with baseball. Designated as set N135 in the American Card Catalog, the set was issued by W. Duke Sons &Co. and uses some baseball artwork that is shared with the 1893 N284 Buchner Gold Coin series. An N135/N284 Cross-Checklist is provided along with a full gallery of the "Talk of the Diamond" cards.


5) "1911 T201 Mecca Double Folders: Setting Precedent for the 20th Century" by Michael Wheat.   Michael (no relation to longtime vintage dealer Mike Wheat) digs deep into this popular set to uncover facts and nuances not previously highlighted. Includes table of teams represented, discussion of miscut cards to suggest sheet layout, errors in player statistics and sidebar with anecdotes about several lesser-known players.



In addition to the above articles, all issues of Old Cardboard magazine include regular sections of Editor's Notebook and Collector's Dugout as well as informative messages from our sponsors.

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