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  eNews Issue #109 (May 2013)

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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. Inside the Jefferson Burdick Collection by ESPN
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. National Pastime Museum Goes Online

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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May 2013

29-30Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).

June 2013

1Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).
5Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
6Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
12Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
13Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
15San Leandro, CA San Francisco Bay Area Show (see web page for details)
20Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
27Phone/Internet Collectible Classics "CCA32" Auction (see website for details).
29Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).

2. Inside the Jefferson Burdick Collection by ESPN

Few vintage collectors have had a chance to visit the Jefferson Burdick vintage card collection that now resides at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. ESPN reporter Paul Lucas recently had the opportunity to visit the collection. An informative video produced as a result of that guided tour is provided below that we are certain will be of interest to all of our readers.

Video Tour of the Burdick Collection in New York City

The seven-minute video highlights an exhibit of cards featuring women baseball players, then profiles several of the more traditional baseball sets from the more than 30,000 baseball cards in the Burdick collection.

The ESPN video tour is guided by Freyda Spira, the Metropolitan Museum curator currently in charge of the Burdick collection. Spira plans to replace the "Women in Sports" display (currently running through July 7) with a new exhibit of cards from the dead ball era.

A placard at the museum highlights background information about Burdick and the collection:

In 1947 the Syracuse electrician Jefferson R. Burdick (1900-1963) began donating his collection of approximagely thirty thousand baseball cards in large batches to the Metropolitan Museum. The baseball cards were but a fraction of Burdick's trove of more than three hundred thousand trade cards and postcards, all of which he eventually gave to the Museum. A truly American collection, Burdick's baseball cards join together the history of popular printmaking for advertising purposes in the United States, on the one hand, and the history of the game itself, on the other. Acquired by Burdick from the time he was ten, the cards date from 1857 to 1959 and are exceeded in quantity and comprehensiveness only by those in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Burdick was charged with cataloguing his enormous gift, and he spent fifteen years in the Metropolitan Museum integrating the cards with other contemporary advertising material. In organizing the material into albums, Burdick devised a strict cataloguing system, which he published in 1939 as The American Card Catalog (revised editions appeared through 1960). His method is still used today by collectors of early American printed ephemera.

The full ESPN article about Paul Lucas' visit to the collection can be accessed on the ESPN website.

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3. Latest Additions to the Website

Set Profiles have been added for:
1889   A17   Allen & Ginter Album (Premium for N29 card set)

Set Checklists have been added for:
1905-06   Lincoln Publishing Am. League Champs

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. National Pastime Museum Goes Online

Several years in the making, the recently launched National Pastime Museum website is based on an extraordinary collection of baseball memorabilia, historical artifacts and documents. The website focuses on America's Game--from some of its earliest days through the middle of the twentieth century.

Silver presentation bat, dated February 22, 1898, given to Cap Anson by students at Notre Dame

Cuban Giants (1886-1900)
The website is organized into three major sections.. First is a baseball Timeline (from 1845 through the middle of the twentieth century) divided into five important periods. In addition, the Timeline includes two key periods of Negro League baseball between 1885 and 1955.

The central and expanding Collection Highlights section showcases a few of the 25,000 artifacts in the collection of the annonymous website sponsor. The artifacts span a variety of memorabilia, photographs, baseball-related contracts and documents, artwork and cardsets. Future exhibits are planned to feature Contracts and Documents, Baseball Artwork and the 1914 B18 "Blankets" set.

The first special exhibit in the Collection Highlights section profiles a world-class collection of over 100 baseball bats, game used by some of the greatest hitters of all time. These range from Babe Ruth and Shoeless Joe Jackson through Lou Gehrig and the legendary Josh Gibson. The exhibit also features an informative video featuring leading bat expert and authenticator John Taube.

The third major section provides Articles about various items from the collection as well as a Historian's Corner with commentary on a variety of topics penned by some of baseball's leading writers and historians. The Historian's Corner already contains a series of more than 30 articles and continues to expand.

According to Frank Ceresi, curator of the online museum, the mission of the website is to allow viewers to explore information about the National Pastime in a different and visually creative way through the use of artifacts and images of the past. We think that the website is well on its way to achieving that mission.

The National Pastime Museum can be visited 24/7 at

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.