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eNews Issue #21 (January 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. E271 Darby Chocolates Discovery Adds Two Cards to Checklist!
3. Latest Card Set Updates to the Website
4. The New
5. 1947 NBC Ruth Premium Helps Launch New Audio Section

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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January 2006

25Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
29Internet Heritage Internet Auction (see website for details).

February 2006

10Internet (see website for details).
22Phone/Internet Goodwin and Co. Auction (see website for details).

2. E271 Darby Chocolates Discovery Adds Two Cards to Checklist!

A complete box produced and originally distributed by Darby Candy Company in 1910 has been recently discovered. Even more importantly, neither of the two player poses pictured on the box (one from the front and one from the back) have been previously known on hobby checklists. And to add icing to the cake, one of those cards features a second pose for Ty Cobb--the same fielding pose found in other "E-Card" series.

E271 Side 1 (Vaughn)
(3/4 actual size)

E271 Side 2 (Cobb, fielding)
(3/4 actual size)

The E271 set is among the rarest of the early candy and gum cards. Although listed in the American Card Catalog, only several cards from the set were known until a discovery in North Carolina in 1982 surfaced 22 new cards. Even with the two new cards found on this recently discovered box, the checklist now stands at only 36 different cards. Today fewer than 50 Darby Chocolates cards in total are known to exist.

Prior to this recent discovery, only four full Darby Chocolates boxes were known. Thus, the Cobb-Vaughn box is just the fifth full box reported in the hobby. In addition to the new Cobb pose, the box contains the only known card from the set that pictures "Jim" Vaughn.

E93 Cobb
(3/4 actual size)
A Ty Cobb card was previously known in the Darby Chocolates set--but only with Cobb in a batting pose. On this newly discovered card, however, he is shown in a fielding pose. Interestingly, this newly found fielding pose is the same one that appears on Cobb's card in the
E93 Standard Caramel set (see example at left). The same pose is also used in the E94 George Close Candy series, as well as in other sets of the same period.

The Darby Chocolates box was found by a non-collector in the New England area. It has been consigned to Robert Edward Auctions and is planned for auction by REA in their Spring auction scheduled for April 29, 2006. According to Robert Lifson, president of REA, "the box has been assembled but could easily be disassembled, if desired, and displayed flat."  Technically, according to Lifson, the box is in overall Good condition, with various flaws including some minor creasing and staining. As seen in the image above, the staining is light on the side with Cobb, and much more pronounced on the side with Vaughn. The top flap is detached but present. The Cobb side appears much cleaner and brighter, but does have some small creasing and light staining.

Additional information about the set, along with an updated checklist that includes the newly discovered cards, can be found on the Old Cardboard website at E271 Darby Chocolates.

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3. Latest Card Set 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:
1930 Metropolitan Studios Cardinals

Set Checklists have been added for:
1888 N184 W. S. Kimball
1894 Alpha Photo Engraving
1909-10 D380 Clement Bros. Bread
1910 E93 Standard Caramel
1911 E94 George Close Candy
1910 E271 Darby Chocolate
1910 Washington Times
1921 W551 Strip Card Set
1936 WG8 S and S Game

Set Galleries have been added for:
1887  N184  W. S. Kimball
1894 Alpha Photo Engraving
1910 E93 Standard Caramel
1911 E94 George Close Candy
1921 W551 Strip Card Set
1936  WG8  S and S Game
1937/38 Dixie Lid Premiums

We continue to update the website with checklists and full set galleries for additional vintage issues, so check in often to check out the latest additions. Any assistance from website viewers in adding new checklists and scans for card galleries is most welcome. Please send input to

4. The New

It's now been two years since we launched the Old Cardboard website, so we figured it was about time for a face lift. Over the past few weeks we have spent considerable time updating the website, starting with a new look for the home page. We have also added a few new features and re-vamped the navigation bar that appears at the top and bottom of all 650+ pages of the site. Highlights of these changes are summarized below:

1. Old Cardboard Audio section. We have added an audio section to the website to accompany magazine articles and other editorial features that benefit from pointing to old radio programs. We will add to this section as we obtain more audio files from collectors and dealers. See separate article below.

2. Ebay Sellers List. This extremely popular page has been updated and is now more accessible from the homepage. The Ebay sellers list displays the Top 50 sellers of pre-war baseball cards. Information about each seller is provided including their eBay rating, the approximate portion of their auctions that contain vintage material as well as their typical S&H charges and stated payment options. A direct link allows connection to their Ebay store with a single mouse-click. In addition, links to some of the most popular vintage card categories can now be accessed directly from the Old Cardboard homepage.

3. Vintage bookstore. In conjunction with, we have added a vintage online bookstore with some of the most popular and interesting books about vintage baseball and related memorabilia. Note: back issues of Old Cardboard Magazine are not sold through Amazon; they can still be ordered from the Old Cardboard Subscriptions page at

Links to the Auction/Show Calendar, Collector's Dugout guidelines, eNews Signup and archive, card group galleries, etc. are still located on the homepage but have shifted into new positions. They are still easy to find.

5. 1947 NBC Ruth Premium Helps Launch New Audio Section

1947 NBC Radio Ruth Premium
(approximately 1/2 actual size)

A Babe Ruth Premium issued in 1947 by the National Broadcasting Company has helped spur the launch of a new Audio Section on the Old Cardboard website. We have tracked down the original NBC 30-minute broadcast that the premium card was used to promote, and the broadcast has become the lead recording for the new section of Old Time Radio broadcasts. In time, the section will feature additional baseball-related broadcasts from the golden age of radio.

The one-card "set" was distributed by NBC to promote its weekly DuPont "Cavalcade of America" programs.

The premium card (shown at right) is printed on heavy stock. It's six-by-nine-inch format displays an impressive black and white image of Ruth in a batting pose, and is free of any other labeling on the card front. On the reverse is a reminder for listeners to tune in to hear "The Story of Babe Ruth on the DuPont Cavalcade of America." The program was aired by NBC on Monday, September 29, 1947. Following the card's promotional message is a full listing of "The Babe's 54 Major League records" provided courtesy of The Sporting News.

The Cavalcade of America might well be considered as the old-time radio equivalent to the current A&E Biography channel, or the programming now seen on the History Channel. The long-running (mid 1930's until the early 1950's) weekly broadcast was well funded by its sponsor, DuPont Company. Programming was written, directed and acted by many of the period's leading personalities from the stage, screen and radio. A full orchestra accompanied the action narrative. Authors, playwrights, artists, inventors, industrialists and sports personalities were among the many subjects profiled in the broadcasts.

In addition to the NBC Ruth broadcast, the new Audio Section includes the recorded broadcast of a 1934 game played between two of the strongest teams of that era--the Yankees and the Tigers.

All files in the Old Time Radio Audio Section are provided in "MP3" format. When selected, they will download and play automatically on most computers. Additional information about the premium card (along with a near-full-size image of the card's front and back) is provided in an article in Issue #6 (Winter 2006) of Old Cardboard Magazine.

Lyman and Brett Hardeman
Old Cardboard, LLC.

Old Cardboard, LLC. was established in December, 2003, to help bring information on vintage baseball card collecting to the hobbyist. Produced by collectors for collectors, this comprehensive resource consists of three components: (1) Old Cardboard Magazine, (2) a companion website at and (3) this eNewsletter. The Old Cardboard website contains more than 500 pages of descriptive reference information for baseball card sets produced before 1950.  Each of these set summaries has a direct set-specific link to auctions and a similar link to 's powerful search engine for further research. The website also includes a Show and Auction Calendar, an eBay Top 50 Vintage Sellers List, and much more. As a result, the Old Cardboard website makes a great "Alt-tab" companion for vintage card shoppers and researchers. Old Cardboard eNews provides current hobby news, upcoming shows and auctions, and updates to the website and the magazine. It is published around the middle of each month. For a FREE subscription to the eNewsletter, or for subscription information on Old Cardboard Magazine, please visit the website at If you find this information resource helpful, please tell your friends. We need your support and your feedback. Thank you.

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