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  eNews Issue #106 (February 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. Featured Set: 1924 WG7 Walter Mails Game Cards
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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February 2013

23-24New York City Heritage New York Sports Auction (see website for details).
27Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
27-28Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Collectible Classics Auction (see website for details).

March 2013

1-3King of Prussia, PA Phila. Sports Card & Memorabilia Show (see website for details).
7Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
9Internet Brockelman & Luckey Auctions (see website for details).
19-21Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction (includes baseball; see website).
22-24Rosemont, Il Sun Times Sports Collectibles Convention (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Goldin Auctions (see website for details).

2. Featured Set: 1924 WG7 Walter Mails Game Cards

The creator and namesake for the card game profiled here was Walter Mails, a pitcher in the late 1910s and early 1920s for several major and minor league franchises. The cards feature 56 players of the period--from both major and minor league teams. They are referenced by hobbyists as set WG7 although the set is not listed in the American Card Catalog. The cards were first cataloged and checklisted in The Sports Collectors Bible.


Back (Red)

Back (Blue)

The black and white card fronts range from portrait to full-body action poses, each with a facsimile autograph included within the image. The player's name is printed below the image along with his position and team. The bottom portion of the card contains the baseball play used in the card game.

Box (front)

Box (back)

Box (side)
The cards are unnumbered and are printed with baseball-themed artwork on the back.

Card backs are found printed in either red or blue. Because the cards are scarce with relatively few sets known, there are differing opinions about which back color is more difficult to find.

The back design is the same in both colors. Over a background of repeating images of baseballs, there are five circles (one in each corner and one at center). Each contains an image of a player (or an umpire) in each of several positions. The center circle is double framed with a "Walter Mails" title between the two framelines.

The cards were distributed as complete decks packaged in a typical sleeve type card box with flaps on each end (see example at right).

Despite the clearly marked "55 Big League Photos" shown on the back of each card box, there were 56 player cards (plus directions) packed in each box. While the player checklists are the same for both the red and blue-backed sets, a number of differences have been noted. Most of these differences reflect team or position changes, suggesting that there was some time lapse between the printing of the two sets.

Directions Card (click to enlarge)

The Directions Card included with the deck (example at left) provides a brief summary of game rules along with definitions of the various plays printed on the player cards.

E120 American Caramel
Walter Mails
Walter Mails (aka "Duster" or "The Great") was born October 1, 1894 in San Quentin, California. He was a pitcher for the Brooklyn Robins (1915-16), Cleveland Indians (1920-22) and St. Louis Cardinals (1925-26). He was "in between" Major League gigs and playing for Oakland of the Pacific Coast League at the time that he produced the game card set. He subsequently joined the Cardinals.

Mails helped the Robins win the 1916 National League Pennant, the Indians win the 1920 World Series and the Cardinals win the 1926 World Series.

In seven seasons Mails had a 32-25 Win-Loss record, 104 Games, 59 Games Started, 29 Complete Games, 5 Shutouts, 26 Games Finished, 2 Saves, 516 Innings Pitched, 554 Hits Allowed, 281 Runs Allowed, 235 Earned Runs Allowed, 27 Home Runs Allowed, 220 Walks Allowed, 232 Strikeouts, 13 Hit Batsmen, 7 Wild Pitches, 2,288 Batters Faced and a 4.10 ERA.

Mails graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, California and attended Saint Mary's College of California. He died in 1974 in San Francisco at the age of 79.

A Set Checklist and Gallery for the Walter Mails Card Game 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 Checklists have been added for:
1911   T201   Mecca Double Folders
1924   WG7   Walter Mails Card Game

Set Galleries have been added for:
1924   WG7   Walter Mails Card Game

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)

Wagner Alert. A PSA-graded EX5 example of the famous T206 Honus Wagner is now on the block at New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions. It is among the highest graded examples from a total population of less than 60 known Wagner T206 cards. Closing March 29, it is Goldin's second auction and, not surprisingly, their first Wagner. Further informatlion is available on the Goldin Auctions website.

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