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eNews Issue #25 (May 2006)

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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 of the Month: 1909 Boston Sunday Post Supplements
3. Latest Updates to the Website
4. Twenty-Seventh National Gearing Up in Anaheim
5. 1900 T203 Mayo's Base Ball Comics also "Winners"

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 Show and Auction Calendar on the Old Cardboard website.

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June 2006

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8Phone/Internet Goodwin & Company Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons IX (see website for details).
15Phone/Internet Mile High Card Company Premier Catalog Auction (see website for details).
22Phone/Internet Mastro Auction (see website for details).
24Live/Internet/Phone SCP Auctions w/ Sotheby's (see website for details).

July 2006

26-30Anaheim, CA National Card Convention (see website for details).

2. Set of the Month: 1909 Boston Sunday Post Supplements

While not as well known as the M101-2 Sporting News supplements of the same time period, a set of supplements issued by the Boston Sunday Post provides at least as much eye appeal, with the added feature of a portrait inset included with each supplement and a brief caption added at the bottom (see Ambrose McDonnell example at right).

The full-body player images in this set are printed in large format and were produced in 1909 for distribution with the newspaper. Only Boston Red Sox players are found in the set. The set is not listed in the American Card Catalog.

Measuring roughly 7 x 9 inches, the supplements are printed in sepia on paper thin stock. A "Red Sox Stars" title is located at the top of all supplements. Each picture features a large action pose along with a much smaller portrait inset inside a two-inch circle. The player's name, position, team and a short caption are printed in the lower portion of the large image. Each supplement also carries a "Supplement to the Boston Sunday Post" label at the bottom.

The supplements were originally printed and distributed in side-by-side player pairs with a narrow vertical white strip separating the two images. Most, however, have since been divided into individual player images without detracting from their appeal.

T204 Ramly (McConnell)  
The two-inch portrait inset found on each supplement is derived from the same group of Carl Horner photographs that is used in the T204 Ramly series of the same year. In the examples shown here, the T204 card is shown at full size while the supplement is reduced nearly 50 percent.

A set profile for the Boston Sunday Post supplements has been added to the Old Cardboard website. In addition, a detailed checklist for the set has been recently posted along with a full image gallery of all known players. Three of the players (Frank Arellanes, Harry Hooper and Harry Niles) have not been previously listed in some hobby checklists. The corresponding T204 Ramly cards, where applicable, are also displayed in the gallery.

Of the known supplements, most of the player images are found in the T204 set. Red Sox players represented on the T204 set that are (as yet) unknown in the Boston Sunday Post set include Doc Gassler (right field) and Cy Morgan (pitcher), making them likely candidates for future supplement checklist updates. Please contact if you have any further knowledge of these or any other players from the Boston Sunday Post set. We will update the website accordingly.

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3. Latest Updates to the Website

We are continually expanding the Old Cardboard website with more set profiles, checklists and set galleries. Recent (past 30-40 days) additions include:

Set Profiles
have been added or significantly expanded for:
1912 Schmelzer's Sporting Goods Pins

Set Checklists have been added for:
1909 Boston Sunday Post Supplements
1910 PC796 Sepia Postcards
1912 E300 Plow's Candy
1939 Centennial Stamps

Set Galleries have been added for:
1909 Boston Sunday Post Supplements
1910 PC796 Sepia Postcards
1939 Centennial Stamps

Check back often to check out the latest additions. There are now many thousands of card images on the Old Cardboard website and the content continues to grow. We welcome and encourage feedback with checklist additions, card images, error corrections and suggestions. Please send all input to

4. Twenty-Seventh National Gearing Up in Anaheim

The 27th National Sports Collectors Convention (NSCC) is the "main event" for many vintage card collectors. While the annual show may not measure up to what it was like in its heyday a decade or so ago, it's sheer size and quality of exhibitors with vintage material make it unsurpassed among the many local and regional sports collectors shows each year.

"The National," as it is known by most collectors, opens its doors this year at the Anaheim (CA) Convention Center on Wednesday, July 26 at 5 pm for a sneak preview. The Wednesday session runs from 5-9 pm. Admission with advance purchase is $15 ($17 onsite). The Wednesday evening session is included for those who purchase a weeklong VIP pass ($99 for advance purchase; $109 onsite). All other daily sessions are $15 (advance purchase; $17 onsite).

The tentative complete show schedule is:

Wednesday     7/26     5pm-9pm
Thursday-Saturday   7/27-7/29   10am-6pm
Sunday     7/30     10am-5pm

This year's event is expected to have about 700 dealers in over 400,000 square feet of exhibit space. Tickets may be ordered or more information about the show can be obtained on the NSCC website.

We at Old Cardboard hope to see you there. As usual, we will provide a few highlights of the show in the Fall issue of Old Cardboard magazine.

5. 1900 T203 Mayo's Base Ball Comics also "Winners"

Using the lingo of baseball, the small cards in this turn-of-the-nineteenth-century set show comic illustrations of situations with a second non-baseball meaning. They are listed as set T203 in the American Card Catalog. Although relatively scarce, they are generally not widely collected, mainly because they do not picture or name specific baseball players anywhere on the card.

Each of the 25 cards in the set is titled at the bottom (see example card front below).

The 25-card set was distributed with Mayo's Cut Plug brand tobacco--thus the set's hobby name. Occasionally, however, cards from the set are found with a "Winner Cut Plug" ad on the back--a second brand with which the cards were distributed. The "Winner" backs are much less common. The example shown was supplied by collector and Old Cardboard reader Leon Luckey.

A set profile for the T203 "Mayo's" set can be accessed on the Old Cardboard website. Note: a checklist and image gallery is also provided although we are still missing a few of the card images. If you have these, please send to so that we can complete the image gallery. Old Cardboard (and your fellow collectors) appreciate you input.

Lyman and Brett Hardeman
Old Cardboard, LLC.

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