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eNews Issue #90 (October 2011) 

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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. Report Questions Cartwright Photo Identity
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. Old Cardboard Issue #26 (Fall 2011) at Printer
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 Key Events Calendar on the Old Cardboard website.

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October 2011

28-30Glendale, CA Los Angeles Sports Card & Memorabilia Show 2 (see website).

November 2011

2Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
3Phone/Internet Collectible Classics Auction Net 17 (see website for details).
4-6Willmington, MA Greater Boston Sports Collectors Club (see website for details).
8-10Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles (includes baseball; see website).
10Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
10-11Phone/Internet Heritage Signature Sports Collectibles Auction (see website).
11-13Oaks, PA CSA Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Show (see website).
16-17Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).
18-20Rosemont, Il Sun Times Sports Collectibles Convention (see website for details).
19Phone/Internet SCP Auctions (see website for details).

2. Report Questions Cartwright Photo Identity

1840s Daguerrotype (Cartwright is said to be top center)
A recent 44-page report produced by the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) Pictoral History Committee (PHC) questions the identity of an 1840s daguerreotype long believed to include an early image of Alexander J. Cartwright, Jr. The report was released as a Supplement to the October 2011 issue PHC's monthly newsletter.

The image, and 1840s half-plate daguerrotype, is enormously important because Cartwright, widely credited as "the father of modern baseball," is said to be pictured in the center of the top row. In fact, it is this image that was used as the model for Cartwright's sculpture for his bronze plaque that has been exhibited for more than seven decades at the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

The Cartwright plaque is also familiar to collectors of a postcard series listed in the American Card Catalog as the PC754 HOF Plaque Set (see example below). First produced as early as 1939 shortly after the first class of Hall of Famers were named, versions of the HOF Plaque set are still produced and distributed at the Hall of Fame museum today.

PC742 Hall of Fame Plaque Postcard
(HOF plaque based on Daguerrotype)
The SABR report is the result of a lengthy analysis involving two highly regarded veteran collectors and charter Old Cardboard subscribers, each with opposing views about the authenticity of the image. Each also enlisted the opinions of seasoned forensic experts specializing in facial comparisons to assist in the analysis.

Our purpose here is not to "take sides" or to offer opinions about the results of the analysis. We will leave that up to our readers. Rather, our purpose is to report the release of the study and its importance not only as an analysis of the Cartwright image but as a baseline tutorial about facial recognition techniques.

The techniques detailed in the heavily illustrated report that includes over 125 photographic examples might well be used to help confirm (or refute) the identity of images of other baseball players of the past. Such identity questions seem to continually surface from a variety of sources ranging from serious collectors to rouge sellers on eBay.

The 44-page Report can be downloaded as a PDF-formatted file. Note: the file size is about 5.5 Mbytes so it may take a few seconds to download. The file can be saved on your hard drive for future reference if needed.

If after reading the report you are still undecided about the Cartwright identity, you may want to also take a look at the Cartwright Debate on the Net54 Vintage Baseball Forum. There you will see a lively discussion that includes passioned arguments for both sides of the debate.

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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 Set Profiles have been added for:
1952   Central National Bank of Cleveland

Set Checklists have been added for:
1921   Self-Develop Strip Cards
1927   Middy Bread Die-Cuts
1952   Central National Bank of Cleveland

Set Galleries have been added for:
1944-52  PC754-2  HOF "Plaque" Postcards
1952   Central National Bank of Cleveland

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

In addition to these additions to the Old Cardboard website, we continue to expand and refine our eBay Custom Search Links to make finding vintage baseball cards on eBay easier than ever. The results of these searches are continuously changing, so check back often to find the most recent listings.

4. Old Cardboard Issue #26 (Fall 2011) Now at Printer

Issue #26 (
Fall 2011) of Old Cardboard magazine is now at the printer and on track for its scheduled first of November delivery.

We are especially pleased that baseball artist Monty Sheldon has contributed an original painting that is reproduced on the cover, featuring Archibald "Moonlight" Graham of "Field of Dreams" movie fame and the subject of an article by Joseph Kemmett about Graham's few known collectibles.

An astonishing number of recent discoveries of vintage baseball cards have expanded current set checklists and even added previously unknown sets. New cards from sets first produced in the nineteenth and early twentieth century seem to surface several times each year.

This year is no exception, as illustrated in all five articles in this issue of Old Cardboard. In fact, the primary focus of three of the articles is the discovery of either new cards in known sets or, in the case of an article by collectors Jay Miller and Joe Gonsowski, the identification of a new player on previously misidentified cards from the popular 1887-90 N172 Old Judge set.

The addition of nineteen new player cards out of a twenty card set that highlights the Cleveland Indians is discussed in an article about a relatively unknown 1952 set distributed by the Central National Bank of Cleveland. The article includes a full gallery of all 20 now known cards along with a promotional letter that reveals further details about the set and how it was distributed.

In addition, the announcement of four new players from the rare Middy Bread set is described in an article on that elusive 1927 issue.

The most comprehensive article in Issue 26, however, is penned by long-time collector Rhett Yeakley. It provides an in-depth view of the E121 American Caramel group. The group includes sets distributed by numerous different sponsors including six confectionery companies (American Caramel, Gertenrich, Johnson, Keating, Shotwell and Witmor) and six bakeries (Clark's, Gassler's, Haffner's, Holsum, Koester's and Standard Biscuit) along with a clothing store (Herpolsheimer's) and a theater (Leader). Yeakley also describes a recently found back of a previously unknown cigar store sponsor (Queen City Cigar Store).

The above feature articles are in addition to the magazine's regular "Editor's Notebook" and "Collector's Dugout" sections and lots of informative messages from our sponsors. Subscriptions to the magazine, beginning with Issue #26, can be ordered on the Old Cardboard website at

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

Rare Punch Cigars Cards Offered. Although Hake's Auctions are perhaps known best for their early Americana pinbacks, example cards from several 100-year-old Cuban baseball sets are offered in the company's November 9 auction. The most notable of these is a 1910 Punch Cigars card of Pete Hill, elected to the Cooperstown Hall of Fame in 2006. The set was issued to coincide with a visit by the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia A's for an exhibition series of games in Cuba between Nov. 10 and Dec. 5, 1910. Other Punch Cigars cards offered in the auction include those of Eddie Plank, Oscar Stanage, George Mullin and more. They were all part of the Richard Merkin collection featured in several of Hake's recent events.

Lyman and Brett Hardeman
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