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eNews Issue #63 (July 2009)      www.oldcardboard.com


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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.

Contents:
1. Updated Auction and Show Calendar
2. Vintage Set Summary: 1920-21 W516 Strip Cards
3. Latest Updates to the OldCardboard.com Website
4. Old Cardboard Magazine Issue #20 Now in Subscriber Hands
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.

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July 2009

16Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction Masterpieces XXII Auction (see website for details).
21Phone/Internet Prestige Collectibles Auction (see website for details).
23Phone/Internet Collectible Classics Auction (CCANet3; see website for details).
23Phone/Internet SCP Auctions (see website for details).
7/29-8/2Cleveland, OH National Sports Collectors Convention (see website for details).
31Live/Phone Legendary Live Sports Auction--Cleveland House of Blues (see website).

August 2009

5Phone/Internet Cardboard Classics (see website for details).
8Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
20-21Phone/Internet Heritage Signature Auction (see website for details).
22Phone/Internet Legacy Sports Rarities (see website for details).
27Phone/Internet Collect.com Auction (see on-line catalog for details).
26-27Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions Sports and Americana Auction (see website for details).


2. Vintage Set Summary: 1920-21 W516 Strip Cards


W516-1

W516-2-1

W516-2-2
(all cards shown at approximate actual size)

The set designated as W516 in the American Card Catalog is actually three distinct but closely related series. For better identification, each of the three subsets have been assigned a suffix (i.e., W516-1, W516-2-1, and W516-2-2). Each set contains 30 cards, and all have blank backs.

All cards are very nearly the same size, measuring approximately 1-1/2 by 2-3/8 inches.

The W516-1 subset was issued in 1920 as the first of the three. The other two sets came the following year, and were essentially re-issues of the 1920 set. Without exception, the same players and poses were repeated for each issue.

Cards in all three sets have colored images. Twenty cards in each set are portraits of the players in uniform. However, the remaining ten cards display full-length action shots. The images for the sets were provided by the International Feature Service, and the cards display the IFS copyright symbol in the lower portion of the image.

However, significant differences between the subsets make identifying each set relatively easy. The first set (W516-1) is best identified as the only one of the three in which the IFS copyright symbol is NOT reversed. Likewise, the W516-2-1 set is unique in that it uses ONLY red and blue coloring on the cards; there is liberal use of yellow and green, as well as red and blue, in the other sets.

There is a pronounced difference in the lettering between the two W516-2 series. W516-2-1 cards are labeled at the bottom in a serif typeface, while the labeling on the W516-2-2 cards resemble more closely the hand labeling of the W516-1 set.

There is no apparent rationale or pattern that determines the numbering for any of the sets. Curiously, the second and third sets were renumbered by dividing the checklist for the first set into three equal sequences of ten cards each (specifically, card numbers 1-10, 11-20, and 21-30), then reversing the order within each of the three sequences (see the Player Checklist on the Old Cardboard website for details).


W516-1 Burns
Card #10
Normal Image

W516-2-2 Burns
Card #1
Mirrored Image

The sequences of card numbers were not the only features that were reversed in the second two sets. In both of these sets, the images of the players on all cards were also inverted, making them mirror images of the first set. The inversion also applied to the IFS copyright symbol.

The differences between the inverted and non-inverted cards are somewhat subtle for players with portrait poses because of the general symmetry of the image. However, the inversion becomes more significant for players in full-length action poses. On these cards, normally right-handed throwers such as Giants outfielder George Burns in the W516-1 set become "left-handed throwers" in the follow-up sets (see images at right).

Similarly, Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby bats right (normally) in the first set, but becomes a left-handed batter in the W516-2-1 and W516-2-2 subsets.

A Set Profile page for the W516 Strip Cards is provided on the Old Cardboard website. A Player Checklist that cross-references the card numbers in each subset is also provided, as well as a complete 30-card Gallery for the W516-1 subset.



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3. Latest Updates to the OldCardboard.com 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 Checklists have been added for:
Gum & Candy Wrappers of the 1930s, 40s & 50s (Sortable Master Checklist)

Set Galleries have been added for:
1920  W516-1  Strip Card Set
Gum & Candy Wrappers of the 1930s, 40s & 50s (Gallery of over 120 wrappers)

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 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 editor@oldcardboard.com.


4. Old Cardboard Magazine Issue #20 Now in Subscriber Hands

Issue #20 (Summer 2009) of Old Cardboard magazine is currently being distributed. If you haven't received yours yet it should be delivered in the next few days.

The cover (shown at right) highlights the lead article in the issue: "1907 PC778 Morgan Stationery: A Color First in Baseball Postcards" by Robert Silverman. Second-time Old Cardboard author Silverman, a widely recognized expert on vintage baseball postcards, shares the results of his research into this interesting and colorful set. The article includes a full gallery of cards, examples of key variations and an annotated checklist of cards.

Collector Jeff Schwarz provides the second article in the issue: Part I of a comprehensive overview of virtually all gum and candy card wrappers of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. The wrappers are grouped alphabetically by manufacturer, then arranged chronologically by issue date within groups. Part I covers wrappers issued by manufacturers Berk-Ross, Bowman, DeLong, Dietz, Fleer, General Gum, George C. Miller, Goudey and Gum, Inc. Part II, to be published in the next issue of Old Cardboard magazine (Issue #21), will cover wrappers produced by Gum Products, Leaf, National Chicle, Orbit Gum, Overland Candy, Ruth Candy, Schutter-Johnson, Topps and U. S. Caramel. In total, some 120 wrappers are profiled along with images of them all.

Another article in the Summer 2009 issue provides details of a scam exposed earlier this year by several collectors and investigated by the FBI. The staff-written report, "Collectors Collaborate to Foil Hobby Scammer" describes the fake and supposedly rare variations in several T206 cards with Old Mill backs used in the scam. Additional information about the scam and the scammer are provided, as well as a side panel checklist of eleven ways to avoid becoming the victim of a vintage baseball card scam.

On a much more positive note, author Ed Weyhing provides a few details of conversations that he remembers with his great uncle Gus Weyhing. What we find most fascinating about this article is that it provides first hand anecdotes about Gus Weyhing, born at the close of the Civil War and a truly stand-out pitcher of the late nineteenth century, as told by a grand-nephew. Now 72 years young and living in Middletown, Rhode Island, author Ed Weyhing relates some of the times during his youth that he spent with "Uncle Gus."

Issue #20 can be ordered on-line (either as a single issue or as the first of a one-year subscription) from the Subscriptions Page of the Old Cardboard website.


Looking Back... and to the Future

Issue #20 of Old Cardboard magazine (profiled above) marks the completion of five years of publication. As Brett and I step back to reflect on the production of these first twenty issues, we take considerable satisfaction in the fact that all were produced on schedule with quality content that stayed focused exclusively on vintage (50 years old or older) baseball cards and memorabilia. All magazines were produced in full color on quality stock.

As we look forward (and in recognition of ongoing trends in print media publishing), we have decided to place a little more emphasis on the Old Cardboard website and our monthly eNewsletters. As a result, we are reducing the frequency of publication for the magazine from four to three issues annually. Thus, the interval between issues of the magazine will increase from three to four months. The first issue under this new schedule will be Issue #21 (Fall 2009), to be delivered in mid-November rather than mid-October. The new schedule will then include issues planned each year for distribution in mid-March (Spring), mid-July (Summer) and mid-November (Fall).

All current subscriptions will expire with the same issue number as they do now. For example, if your subscription expires with Issue #23 (the number is printed next to your name on the mailing label of each magazine), the last magazine under your current subscription will be the Summer 2010 issue. The price for all new subscriptions and renewals will be $17.95 for one year (three issues at $6.00 per issue) or $32.95 for a two-year subscription (six issues at $5.50 per issue). Single issue cover price will remain at $10. Please keep in mind also that all magazines are distributed postpaid via first class mail.

The pipeline of quality articles for future magazines (as well as mini-articles for the monthly eNewsletter and projects for website expansion) is as strong as it has been at any time in the past five years. We look forward to these new projects and believe that the new magazine production schedule will free time needed for their successful and timely completion.

We sincerely appreciate the overwhelming support that we have received from authors, subscribers and advertisers over the past five years. With your continued support, we expect that this new schedule will be sustained for at least the next five years and beyond. Thanks again for all your support. It is very much appreciated.



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

Complete Yankees WS Press Pin Collection Offered. A complete run of World Series press pins issued by the New York Yankees is now up for auction. The collection includes press pins representing each of the team's 39 trips to the World Series. As an added bonus to this truly unique lot, ticket stubs are included with each pin. Its Lot #1 in a Memory Lane auction that closes August 8.

Some Halper Collection Items Believed Pilfered. According to a July 14 article in the Boston Herald, several items once owned by well known collector Barry Halper are said to have been pilfered from the Boston and New York public libraries. The items were sold in a well publicized 1999 auction of Halper's collection. They were again slated for auction during Major League Baseballís All-Star festivities in St. Louis earlier this month, but were pulled from the auction after the FBI launched a probe into the status of the items. Halper, once a minority owner of the New York Yankees franchise, died in 2005. A full list of pilfered items is not available at this time.


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 www.oldcardboard.com 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 www.oldcardboard.com.  If you find this information resource helpful, please tell your friends.  We need your support and your feedback. Thank you.