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The cover and table of contents for Issue #20 are shown below.
The articles in this issue include:
1) "1907 PC778 Morgan Stationery: A Color First in Baseball Postcards" by Robert Silverman. Postcard collector and returning Old Cardboard author Silverman provides details about this first-ever baseball color postcard issue. Known by collectors as the "Red Belt" set, it was produced by Morgan Staionery of Cincinnati and is featured on the cover of this issue. The article includes a full set gallery and an annotated checklist along with a discussion of card and card back variations, sources of images used, and more.
2) "Gum & Candy Card Wrappers of the 1930s, 40s & 50s (Part I)" by Jeff Schwarz. Wrappers collector Schwarz has documented information that he has gathered over nearly two decades. His blockbuster article is organized alphabetically by gum maker and divided into two parts. Part I (printed in this issue) covers wrappers distributed by Berk Ross, Bowman, DeLong, Dietz, Fleer, General Gum, George C. Miller, Goudey and Gum, Inc. Part II, scheduled for Issue #21, will cover wrappers distributed by eight additional gum makers of the period. Note: the thumnails below show only pages from Part I covered in this issue.
3) "Collectors Collaborate to Foil Hobby Scammer" by Old Cardboard Staff. Several skeptical vintage card collectors recently compared notes in an effort to end a vintage card scam in which tens of thousands of dollars were at stake over a stretch of nearly a decade. The scam involved overprinting the backs of T206 cards to create supposedly rare variations of the classic set. Due to the collaborative efforts of hobbyists along with a probe by the FBI, the scam appears to have ended almost as successfully as could be expected. A few of the details are documented in this article along with a checklist of ways to avoid becoming a scam victim yourself.
4) "Player Families and Vintage Card Collectors: An Uncommon Bond" by Ed Weyhing. From time to time, Old Cardboard receives inquiries and input from descendents or extended families of early Major League players. The resulting interchange of information can be very interesting and helpful to both the family members and to the vintage card collecting hobby. This article is the result of such an exchange, originally initiated by collector Kevin Cummings and written by a grand-nephew of 19th-century twirler Gus Weyhing.
In addition to the above articles, all issues of Old Cardboard magazine include regular sections for Editor's Notebook, Collector's Dugout, the baseball and baseball-card-themed Old Cardboard Crosswords, informative messages from our sponsors, and more.
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