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eNews Issue #66 (October 2009)

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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. Hall of Fame Rookie Card Database Now Live
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. Book Review: Baseball Americana
5. News Briefs (A Digest of Recent Hobby Happenings)

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

October 2009

28Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).

November 2009

3Phone/Internet Andy Madec Auctions (see website for details).
14Phone/Internet Hunt Auctions (see website for details).
18-19Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions Sports and Americana Auction (see website for details).
24Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).

2. Hall of Fame Rookie Card Database Now Live

Thanks to a tremendous effort by collector Phil Garry, an informative new section has now been added to the Old Cardboard website. The database-driven section is, in essence, a photo-checklist and description of the earliest five cards for each of the current 289 members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

From Grover Alexander to Cy Young--and nearly 300 HOFers in between--the checklist and card images are provided to augment an article that Garry has written for the Fall 2009 issue (Issue #21) of Old Cardboard magazine. The magazine is on schedule for delivery by mid-November.

To access the new section from the Old Cardboard home page, select the "Reference Data" text link, then click "Hall of Fame Rookie Card Database." The section can also be accessed directly by clicking here.

The database contains detailed records for each of the nearly three hundred Hall of Fame members. For most players, their earliest, or "Top Five" cards are identified, then organized generally in the order that the cards were originally produced.

The player checklist page can be filtered for each of the five Hall of Fame Categories: Player, Manager, Pioneer/Executive, Negro Leaguer and Umpire. In addition, the HOF Member listing also displays, where applicable, their first and last year in the Major Leagues, the year of induction into the Hall of Fame and the Hall of Fame Category, along with the identity of their "key" Rookie Card set.

The database listings can be sorted by player last name (default), Year of Induction, or Hall of Fame Category.

Links to each member then return the above summary data along with a brief narrative about their earliest (Top Five) cards. Career details provided by can also be accessed via direct link for all Hall of Fame members who played in the Major Leagues.

Example card images are provided where available for each of the earliest five "rookie cards" for each member. Images for more than 90 percent of these earliest five cards are now complete. The remaining card images will be added as they are gathered--with assistance from our readers.

We recognize that identifying the "Top Five Rookie Cards" for each player may be the subject of some debate among readers. We welcome feedback and opinions about how the top five cards should be ordered or if some already on the list should be dropped and others added. If you would like to voice your opinion, please email Phil at with a copy to

Phil has agreed to review all input and reply to all reader feedback. Because the information is online and database-driven, we will continue to update the listings (and add new Hall of Fame inductees each year) as the information becomes available.

We hope that maintaining such an up-to-date database of all Hall of Fame members along with example images of their earliest cards will make identification easier when searching for these collectibles.

Happy Hall of Fame Rookie Card Collecting!

3. Latest Additions to the Website

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

Set Profiles have been added for:
1886   Tomlinson Studio Cabinets
1890s   Police Gazette Cabinets

Set Checklists have been added for:
1886   Tomlinson Studio Cabinets
1890s   Police Gazette Cabinets
1936   R322   Goudey Gum
1948   R406-1   Bowman Gum

Set Galleries have been added for:
1936   R322   Goudey Gum
1948   R406-1   Bowman Gum

Updating the website with checklists and full set galleries for additional vintage sets is an ongoing project, so check back often to check out the latest additions. There are now many thousands of card images on the 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. Book Review: Baseball Americana

The vast collections of vintage baseball cards and memorabilia now residing at the nation's foremost library provide the extensive illustrations used in the just released volume, Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress. The lavishly illustrated book printed in a 9-1/2 x 12 inch coffee-table format not only documents the history of America's Game, but provides eye candy for collectors and non-collectors alike.

Published by Smithsonian Books (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers), the volume is authored by Harry Katz (former head curator in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress and a lifelong Red Sox fan), Frank Ceresi (a well-known baseball writer and Old Cardboard contributor), Phil Michel (who manages the Library's Prints and photographs Division archive of more than a million images) and Wilson McBee and Susan Reyburn (editors in the Library's Publishing Office).

More than 350 illustrations are found in the book--many never before published. They feature a variety of players, ballparks, vintage baseball card images, baseball sheet music, historical photos and other documents. The narrative and illustrations begin with baseball's early origins of the late nineteenth century and progress through the late 1970s.

All of the "treasures" described in the book reside today either in the LOC's main facility at the Jefferson Building, just across from the U. S. Capitol building, or in the nearby Madison Building. Together, they are derived from among eight divisions of the Library.

Tobacco Package Label
(registered with the LOC in 1867)

Co-author Ceresi grew up in Alexandria, Virginia, "just across the Potomac" from the Library. His first exposure to the Library began as a ninth grader working on a school research assignment.

According to Ceresi, his role in researching Baseball Americana involved "a two year journey delving into the nooks and crannies at the Library. Where did we go and what did we see? You name it. We uncovered baseball prints, photographs, illustrations, posters, sheet music, film, post cards, newspapers, comics and ephemera of every kind and type."

"And we only scratched the surface!," Ceresi adds.

One example of the numerous color illustrations from the book is shown at left--identified as a tobacco package label. It is registered as item #1062 and filed with the Library on December 18, 1867 by Rube & Weikel, Proprietors. Interestingly, the woodcut engraving pictures a game in progress, a large crowd of spectators in the background and what appears to be an umpire sitting under an umbrella outside the first base path.

Baseball Americana: Treasures From the Library of Congress is available at bookstores. Retail price is $29.99 and can be found discounted from several online sellers. An eBook version is also available.

Note: selected example pages from the book as well as the Table of Contents and a complete Index can be viewed on the publisher's website.

5. News Briefs (A Digest of Recent Hobby Happenings)

Looking Back: Baseball's Biggest Scandal.  It's now been ninety years since the Fall of 1919 and the World Series that marked one of the biggest controversies in baseball history--the infamous Black Sox scandal. While the eight Chicago White Sox players charged with fixing the Series were acquitted by a Grand Jury, newly-appointed baseball commissioner Kenesaw Landis banned them from baseball for life. Remarkably, vintage cards for seven of the eight "Black Sox" players can be found today in the popular W514 Strip Card Set issued in 1920-21 (including most notably Shoeless Joe Jackson). Fred McMullin is the only one of the eight not found in the W514 set.

Oldest Big Leaguer Turns 100.  Tony Malinosky, who played infield for the 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers, turned 100 years young earlier this month. He was born October 5, 1909 and is the oldest living Big League player. Now living in California, he remains an avid Dodgers fan. During World War II, Malinosky fought in the Battle of the Bulge. We wish him health and happiness for many years to come.

Issue #21 on Track for November Delivery.  Old Cardboard magazine Issue #21 (Fall 2009) is on schedule for distribution the middle of November as promised. In addition to Phil Garry's cover feature about "Collecting Hall of Fame Rookie Cards" (see eNews article #2 above), the issue includes articles written by hobby veterans Barry Sloate ("Brooklyn vs Philadelphia and the Baseball Battles of 1865") and Bill Cornell ("1911 Stevens Firearms Blotters: Connie Mack and his Starting Nine"). It also contains Part II of Jeff Schwarz' two-part blockbuster overview of vintage gum and candy wrappers. A Preview of the issue, including a cover image, table of contents and abstracts with thumbnail layouts for each article can be viewed on the Old Cardboard website. If you have not renewed your subscription, it is not to late to do it online now.

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.