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eNews Issue #43 (November 2007)

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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. Seven "Tin-Tops" Added to Colgan's Player List
3. Latest Updates to the Website
4. Texas Chili Cook-off (The Results)
5. For Christmas, Think Vintage

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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November 2007

29Phone/Internet Historic Auctions (see website for details).
30Phone/Internet Leland's Catalog Auction (see website for details).

December 2007

5Phone/Internet Grey Flannel Auctions (see website for details).
8Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
12-13Phone/Internet Mastro Premier Auction (website).

2. Seven "Tin-Tops" Added to Colgan's Player List

(shown at approximate actual size)

The recent discovery of a truly jaw-dropping vintage collection new to the vintage hobby was recently announced by Mastro Auctions. The collection includes over 1500 cards from around 1910 (the middle of the deadball era). The collection is nicknamed "Skydash" by its owner, who prefers to remain anonymous.

The part of the collection that has captured the attention of many vintage collectors are 229 examples of the well-known but relatively obscure Colgan's Chips "Tin-Top" series. Astonishingly, the new discovery includes seven players from the set that previously have not been known to today's vintage collectors. Images for all seven of these cards are shown above. In addition, four variations to cards of previously known players were discovered in the collection.

The 229 Tin-Tops in the collection represent 149 different players. In addition to the seven additions to the set checklist, the collection includes examples of the previously know but exceedingly scarce cards of Joe Jackson and Jim Thorp. Both are hands-down keys to the set, with only a handful of examples known for each of them,

E270-2 Set Keys (Thorpe and Jackson)
Perhaps just as astonishing is the Near Mint plus condition of the obscure cards, some of which have already been graded by SGC, one of the hobby's leading grading services. Scans of the graded Thorpe and Jackson examples are shown at right.

The "Tin-Tops" are one of three related sets produced from 1909 through 1912 by Colgan Gum Company of Louisville, Kentucky. Many of the player poses are common among the three sets, distinguished primarily by the ad messages on the card backs.

The cards from all three sets are round and were distributed inside small metal canisters of chewing gum. All cards measure 1-1/2 inches in diameter--the same size as a silver dollar. They are designated as sets E254 (Stars of the Diamond), E270-1 (Red Borders) and E270-2 (Tin-Tops) in the American Card Catalog and by common hobby usage today. A Set Summary (including a table that compares the three Colgan's sets) is provided on the Old Cardboard website.

Pete Calderon, a vintage card specialist at Mastro Auctions, describes the Skydash Collection of E270 Tintops as the "perfect storm" of rarity, condition and subject matter. "The sheer number of rare E270s in the collection is mind-blowing," says Calderon.

According to Calderon, the four previously uncataloged "variation" cards found in the collection were those of Donnie Bush (small and large image; same pose), Hal Chase (Chicago and New York teams), Jake Daubert (dark and white caps; two different poses) and Honus Wagner (curved and straight vertical lettering).

The initial offering of the E270s will be in Mastro's December 2007 Premier Auction. It will include 145 different SGC-graded cards including all of the previously uncatalogued players, as well as the elusive card of Jim Thorpe. The Thorpe card will be offered individually with a minimum bid of $10,000. The other 144 cards will either be offered individually or in groupings at varying minimum bids, according to a company spokesperson. The Joe Jackson card and the balance of the duplicate E270s will be sold in Mastro's April 2008 Premier auction.

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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:
1888   Pres. BB Club--Large Cabinet
1921   Pathe Freres Phonograph Co. Premium
1950   American Nut & Chocolate Pins
1965   Guy's Potato Chips Team Pins

Set Checklists have been added for:
1950   American Nut & Chocolate Pins
1965   Guy's Potato Chips Team Pins
1931   W517   Strip Cards (Team/League and "Mini's" added to the checklist)

Set Galleries have been added for:
1950   American Nut & Chocolate Pins
1965   Guy's Potato Chips Team Pins

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. Texas Chili Cook-off (The Results)

Leon moderates forum from iPhone as Lyman samples chili

The stars at night are big and bright... deep in the heart of Texas...but there ain't very many vintage baseball card collectors around here!

However, the ones that were able to make it to the sixth annual Hardeman House of Hellfire Chili Cook-off seemed to have a great time. Among the 250-300 guests and 15 chili cook-off contestants that attended the event held last Sunday (November 18), there were four Old Cardboard subscribers. But that's only if you count Brett and myself!

All four are also participants of the Net54 Vintage Baseball Card Forum. In fact, the Net54 moderator himself (Leon Luckey) drove down from Dallas to attend the event. Paul Griggs (aka deadballpaul on the Net54 forum) also shuttled up from Buda (just "down the road" from Austin) along with his daughter and two sons.

Host Brett congratulates chili cook-off winner David Hensen

From its beginnings in 2002, the annual chili cook-off has expanded steadily each year. This year's event also added the presence of Rob Balon--Austin's leading food critic--as one of our judges and namesake for this year's Rob Balon Critic's Choice award.

By the way, if you are ever visiting the "Live Music Capitol of the World," you should first check out the Dining out with Rob Balon website for tips on where to find just about any cuisine that suits your palate.

After dinner, you'll also want to take in some live entertainment at Cedar Street Courtyard, Austin's liveliest indoor-outdoor martini bar, located in the heart of the Warehouse District in downtown Austin. If its Wednesday or Saturday night, you will most likely find Brett (Austin's favorite bartender) tending the upstairs bar (behind the band). If he is not slammed with thirsty patrons, he may even have time to talk vintage baseball cards and the upcoming issue of Old Cardboard magazine. Brett also designed and maintains the Cedar Street website at

5. For Christmas, Think Vintage

Its time for our annual reminder that subscriptions to Old Cardboard make a great gifts for all your card collecting buddies. With a gift subscription to Old Cardboard magazine, your friends will be reminded of your good deed at least four times during the year. And that doesn't include the countless times they will refer to it throughout the year and for many years to come. Your support will also help us to continue to publish the best full-color articles written by the most respected authors in the hobby today.

The easiest way to order (PayPal does not accommodate orders with shipping to third party addresses) is to call Brett (our Subscriptions Manager) at 512-466-5372. Order before Christmas and your friend(s) will receive their first issue beginning with Issue #14 in January 2008.

We appreciate your support for Old Cardboard and wish you Many Great Vintage Finds for in the New Year.

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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