Your Information Resource for Vintage Baseball Cards
  eNews Issue #104 (December 2012)

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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. 1878 H804-6 Forbes Company (the Earliest Trade Card Set)
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. 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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December 2012

19Phone/Internet Hunt Auctions (see website for details).
21Phone/Internet Leland's Catalog Auction (see website for details).
27Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
27Internet Sirius Sportscards (see website for details).

January 2013

17Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
31Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).

2. 1878 H804-6 Forbes Company (the Earliest Trade Card Set)

While the 1869 Peck & Snyder card featuring the Cincinnati Reds team image is widely acclaimed as the earliest baseball trade card, the earliest baseball trade card SET is generally considered to be one produced in 1878 by Forbes Company of Boston. Images of all six-cards featured in the set are shown here.

(1) A Fly.

(2) Foul.

(3) Home Run.

(4) Judgment.

(5) Muff.

(6) Twist.
Designated as set H804-6 in the American Card Catalog (ACC), the cards measure approximately 3 by 4-3/4 inches. They often carry the stamped imprint of an advertiser in Massachusetts or New England on the card front. The card backs are often blank, but may also carry an advertiser's message.

The top of the cards are printed with a baseball term (A Fly, Foul, Homerun, Judgment, Muff and Twist), each related to the actions of the caricature on the card. Near the bottom edge is printed "Forbes Co., Boston" (lower left) and "Copyrighted 1878" (lower right).

A Set Profile, Checklist and Gallery for the Forbes Co. Trade Card set have been added to the Old Cardboard website.

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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 Profiles have been added for:
1878 H804-6 Forbes Company Trade Cards

Set Checklists have been added for:
1878 H804-6 Forbes Company Trade Cards

Set Galleries have been added for:
1878 H804-6 Forbes Company Trade Cards

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 every month. 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. News Briefs (A Digest of Recent Hobby Happenings)

ESPN Ranks Top Players of All Time. In the never ending debate about who are the best baseball players of all time, ESPN has provided yet another controversial chapter. Five "vintage" (pre-WWII) players made the Top 10 List: Babe Ruth (#1), Ted Williams (#4), Ty Cobb (#6), Stan Musial (#8) and Honus Wagner (#10). The full Top 100 breakout, however, is skewed toward more modern players and doesn't seem to correlate well with premiums paid for each player's vintage baseball cards. The complete list along with the methodology used can be viewed on the ESPN website. We welcome your feedback at

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We wish our readers, authors and sponsors
a Very Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous 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.