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eNews Issue #27 (July 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. Featured Card Set: 1902-11 W600 Sporting Life Cabinets
3. Latest Updates to the Website
4. Old Cardboard Editorial: Protecting Scans from Internet Scams
5. Directory of Old Cardboard's Advertisers at "National"

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.

OC eNewsletter Sponsor

July 2006

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

August 2006

2-3Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
10Internet/Phone Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
17-18Internet/Phone Mastro Sports Premier Catalog Auction (see website for details).
25Internet/Phone Lelands Summer 2006 Catalog Auction (see website for details).
25Internet 19th Century Only (see website for details).
27Internet Heritage Sports Collectibles (see website for details).

2. Featured Card Set: 1902-11 W600 Sporting Life Cabinets

Over the past several weeks, Old Cardboard has committed considerable resources to researching and compiling data on the 1902-11 Sporting Life cabinet card set--designated as set W600 in the American Card Catalog. These cabinet card premiums, distributed by Sporting Life magazine, are viewed by some collectors as the most important single issue of the first decade of the twentieth century.

From W600 Premium Promotional Flyer
(Wagner, Mathewson, Young and Lajoie)
Although known by all vintage collectors, the vast set is also among the least collected, studied and understood of the many sets from the era. Set scarcity and cost are no doubt key reasons. But aside from cost, determining what comprises a "complete" set will likely never be defined--adding a further obstacle for those considering whether to collect the cards.

Counting variations in player poses and team changes, the set includes (at least potentially) nearly 700 cards. These include the best known players of the period (with 39 players from the set now in the baseball Hall of Fame). At the other extreme, there are 82 lesser-known players in the W600 set that do not appear in any other baseball card issue.

Details of the W600 set are explained in a well researched article written by Jerry Spillman for the just-released Summer 2006 issue (Issue #8) of Old Cardboard magazine. Titled "1902-11 W600 Sporting Life Cabinets: Overview of a Rare and Important Set," the article presents compiled data and facts about the set that have never before been published. Included are examples of each of the four main variations used for the card mounts, early announcements and flyers used to promote the cards, and several informative tables compiled as a result of extensive research conducted by the author.

Inspired by Spillman's research and other hobby sources, we have also added a detailed Player Checklist and Set Gallery for the W600 set to the Old Cardboard website.

The massive checklist contains nine columns of data on each of more than 680 card variations from the set, making it an ideal resource for those interested in further study of the issue. (Note: due to the volume of data that the checklist contains, it may take a few seconds to download and display on your computer).

With images for nearly two hundred W600 cards, the gallery is the most comprehensive grouping of W600 card images ever assembled in one place. It currently represents about 60 percent of all W600 cards that have been verified by collectors. Variations in player pose, team affiliation and mounting type are all noted in the checklist. As a service to the hobby, our goal is to have the gallery serve as a registry for all known W600 card variations. We therefore welcome, encourage and will promptly post scans of any additional cards not shown in the gallery.

Please take a look at the gallery. If you can provide scans of cards or card variations not represented in it, please send to

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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:
1907-09 PC765 Dietsche Postcards (added table that compares the four different subsets)

Set Checklists have been added for:
1888 N162 Goodwin Champions
1902-11 W600 Sporting Life Cabinets (note: this is a very large checklist
    with lots of detail so it may take a few seconds to load)
1907 PC765 Dietsche Postcards (Tigers)
1907 PC765 Dietsche Postcards (Cubs)
1908 PC765 Dietsche Postcards (Tigers)
1909 PC765 Dietsche Postcards (Tigers)
1916 BF2 Ferguson Bakery Pennants
1920 W520 Strip Cards
1922 W522 Strip Cards

Set Galleries have been added for:
1888 N162 Goodwin Champions
1902-11 W600 Sporting Life Cabinets
1916 BF2 Ferguson Bakery Pennants
1920 W520 Strip Cards
1922 W522 Strip Cards

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

4. Old Cardboard Editorial: Protecting Scans from Internet Scams

There seems to be a considerable amount of buzz lately about would-be Internet scammers grabbing scans of vintage baseball cards they do not own, then using them in their own on-line auctions. While most vintage collectors are concerned about the practice, there are considerable differences of opinion about how to go about solving the problem, or even how extensive the problem really is.

For some, the solution is adding special code to their auction listings that prevents the viewer from "right-clicking" the image to easily save it to their local hard drive. As Old Cardboard subscriber Josh K. recently posted on the popular on-line Vintage Baseball Card (VBC) Forum, "Maybe when you end up being the person who has his money stolen [as a result of these scams], you will be able to answer that question [of whether or not to add the code] yourself."

Jennifer V., another forum member, no doubt agrees: "Just within the last few days, we decided to start adding html code to all of our eBay listings which makes it impossible for someone to right-click-save an eBay item's photo to their hard drive. The code works perfectly, but of course there may be a way to get around this little roadblock...but at least it forces them to work harder to steal scans."

Others claim, however, that it is just about as easy to use alternative methods to grab any image, and that the download restrictions will not deter for more than a few seconds a fraudulent user from grabbing scans. In addition, they believe, doing so prevents many users without malicious intent from also downloading the images. When used responsibly, such downloads can be of substantial benefit to the hobby by collectors who want to study such things as commonality and differences within sets, identify card variations, etc.

Further, according to Eric A., "If I can't copy the scan, I absolutely will not bid in an eBay auction. Too much potential for monkey business of a bad seller switching cards on me during the transaction."

The general consensus seems to be that attempting to prevent right-click scan-grabbing does little to deter someone that is intent on committing fraud. In the process, it hinders those who may have legitimate reasons for downloading the scans. In that sense, it's a little akin to the bumper sticker used by Gun Control opponents that reads: "If you outlaw guns, then only outlaws will have guns." Loosely paraphrased: "If you restrict scan-grabbing, then only scan scammers will grab scans."

Perhaps a more direct and productive approach to combat all types of auction scams would be to target and expose the few that commit the frauds. While collectors often believe that complaints to eBay may fall on deaf ears, action by eBay can be and is taken in well documented cases--especially where fraud is involved. And the time spent exposing these practices on Internet venues like the VBC Forum could go a long way toward reducing the problem of fraudulent scan use. While again not foolproof, it might prove to be a more productive approach while not punishing responsible vintage baseball card collectors along the way.

Endnote: On a more positive note, I'd like to add that the vast majority of all vintage baseball card transactions on eBay are successfully completed, especially if the buyer exercises a minimum amount of due diligence before placing a bid. The Old Cardboard list of eBay's Top 50 Vintage Card Dealers is a good place to start your search. We believe all of them to be reputable sellers with very high feedback ratings--and each with over 1000 transactions. Further, we are prepared to assist in mediating any disputes that may arise with these eBay sellers that together account for many hundreds of vintage baseball card transactions each week. --Editor

5. Old Cardboard's Advertisers at National

The 2006 National Sports Collectors Convention (a.k.a. "The National") is now only days away. According to it's promoters, this year's show will be the most heavily publicized in the twenty-seven year history of the event. And with the temporary suspension of the well-attended Philadelphia Sports Card and Memorabilia Show (they're relocating to a new facility), the National takes on even more importance for vintage baseball card collectors.

Many of Old Cardboard's sponsors are setting up at the show. We are privileged to have such a supportive group of reputable sponsors. Without them, the magazine simply would not exist. We encourage our readers attending the show to stop by and check out the offerings of all of these sponsors. For your convenience, their booth numbers are listed below.

Company Booth Company Booth
Beckett Vintage Grading
Billingsley Sports Cards
Collectible Classics
Heritage Sports Collectibles
Horsehide, Inc.
Huggins & Scott
Lloyd Taylor Cards
Mastro Auctions
Memory Lane
Corporate Area
503, 602
Corporate Area
1106, 1108, 1007, 1009
801, 803, 901, 904
1700, 1701, 1602
Mile High Card Company
Prestige Collectibles
Scottsdale Baseball Cards
Shoebox Cards
SportsCard Guaranty, LLC
Sports Memories
SCP Auctions
1743, 1842
Corporate Area
1813, 1912
1513, 1612
Corporate Area
1407, 1506
701, 703, 800, 802

You may also want to stop by the booth of Scott Brockelman and Leon Luckey (booth 1343), a popular hangout for pre-WWII card collectors that are active in the VBC Forum.

Brett and I will both be attending the show. If you have articles or other editorial ideas that you would like to discuss while there, or have questions about advertising or your magazine subscription, please let us know. We will both be monitoring our cell phones throughout the show. Our cell phone numbers are 512-466-5358 (Lyman) and 512-466-5372 (Brett). We look forward to seeing you there.

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 fifty years ago or longer.  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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