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eNews Issue #79 (November 2010)

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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. New Player Discovered for Obscure "Blue Caption" Set
3. Latest Additions to the Website
4. Old Cardboard Issue #24 (Fall 2010) Shipped
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 Show and Auction Calendar on the Old Cardboard website.

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November 2010

13Phone/Internet Hunt Auctions (see website for details).
13Phone/Internet SCP Auctions (see website for details).
16Internet 2010 Old Cardboard Texas Hold'em Tourney #11 (details).
16-18Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).
19-21Rosemont, Il Sun Times Sports Collectibles Convention (see website for details).
26Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
27San Francisco San Francisco Bay Area Show (see webpage for details).

December 2010

1Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
1-2Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
1-2Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
2Phone/Internet Sports & Americana Auction #6 (see website for details).
3-5Valley Forge, PA Philadelphia Sportscard & Memorabilia Show (see website for details).
8-9Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).
14Phone/Internet Memory Lane Auction (see website for details).
21Internet 2010 Old Cardboard Texas Hold'em Tourney #12 (details).

2. New Player Discovered for Obscure "Blue Caption" Set

The card of N. Y. Giants short stop Al Bridwell has been discovered from a set that is not widely known among even the most seasoned vintage collectors.

The Bridwell card along with another from the set featuring Giants teammate Moose McCormick sold earlier this month in an auction held by Heritage Auctions. The Bridwell card is unique and not previously known to the hobby; another example of the McCormick card from the set has been previously reported.

Counting the Bridwell card, there are still only four known players represented in the set checklist.

The cards are similar in size and format with other candy and tobacco cards of the period. With their captions printed in blue ink, the cards are remarkably similar to cards from the E104 Nadja Caramel set produced in 1910. Important differences, however, distinguish the cards from this set, sometimes referred to as "Blue Captions" for obvious reasons.

While the E104 Nadja cards all feature chest-up poses, the few known examples of the "Blue Captions" set (except for Bridwell) feature action poses. In addition, the captions on the "Blue Captions" cards are all printed using upper/lower case lettering, while the Nadja cards are printed in all upper case letters. The captions on cards in both sets include the player last name and team.

The sponsor and method of distribution for the "Blue Caption" cards remains unknown. They are printed on thick card stock, indicating they may have been cut from a candy box or possibly from a notebook cover.

The two examples in the Heritage auctions were graded by SGC and designated as "E-UNC" cards, suggesting they were distributed by an early gum or candy manufacturer. From the few examples known today, however, we can only speculate now as to their origins. All known examples have blank backs.

Counting this recent discovery, only six examples from the Blue Caption set (representing four different players) have been reported by today's collectors. The two other players are Giants center fielder Bill O'Hara and Pittsburg's famous short stop Honus Wagner--the only Hall of Fame player known to the set. Two of Wagner's cards have been reported.

Based on the team affiliations of the four known players, it appears that the cards were produced in 1909. All four played for the teams named on the cards in 1909. O'Hara only played for the Giants for one year (1909), and neither he nor McCormick were on the Giants roster in 1910.

The Bridwell card sold in the recent Heritage auction for $1,673 (including buyer's premium); the McCormick card sold for $717.

A "Blue Caption" Set Profile, including a checklist and gallery of all known cards, has 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:
1909   "Blue Captions"
1930   Chicago Herald-Examiner Ruth Premium

Set Checklists have been added for:
1909   "Blue Captions."
1921   W9316   Strip Cards.
1937   Cleveland Press Indians.

Set Galleries have been added for:
1909   "Blue Captions."
1937   Cleveland Press Indians.

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

4. Old Cardboard Issue #24 (Fall 2010) Shipped

Issue #24 (Fall 2010) of Old Cardboard magazine was shipped earlier this week. If you have not received yours yet, it should arrive any day.

The issue marks the completion of six years of publication of the magazine--with all issues sent on (or ahead of) schedule.

The cover for this latest issue is keyed to our feature article about a recently discovered 1916 M101-5 uncut sheet--the only one known in the hobby. Author David Rosenberg reports details of his research on this recent discovery that reveals a previously unknown sponsor for the M101-5 set. A high-resolution image of the complete sheet is displayed across the magazine centerfold and new information is provided about other cards and memorabilia produced by the sponsoring newspaper.

The Fall 2010 issue also includes another solid contribution by hobby veteran Lew Lipset, who provides details about the 1885-1886 Official Record, Americaís first baseball daily newspaper. The paper not only provided important player statistics used by today's historians, but printed a series of 200 woodcuts of nineteenth century players. A complete checklist of all 200 woodcuts is included.

Another fascinating article entitled "My Husband Babe" records a few of the recollections of Babe Ruth's wife Claire about the couple's life together. It is a reprint of an article that first appeared in the November 1974 issue of Argosy, a menís magazine with roots dating back to 1882. The article was penned by Bert Randolph Sugar, then Editor-in-Chief of Argosy, based on multiple interviews with Babe Ruth's wife in which she reminisced about some of the coupleís social life. It is her story as documented by Bert Sugar.

In addition, collector and Lincoln, Nebraska resident Dan Bretta provides details of his longtime interest in the barnstorming Nebraska Indians baseball team that was popular throughout the early years of the nineteenth century. Focus is on the two pamphlets written by the team's owner, as well as a trail of postcards, cabinet cards and other memorabilia known to today's collectors.

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 #24, can be ordered on the Old Cardboard website at

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

2010 Articles added to Vintage Baseball Card Index. Articles from all 2010 issues of both Old Cardboard magazine and the Old Cardboard monthly eNewsletter (through November; this issue) have been added to the Vintage Baseball Card Article Index. With these additions, the Index now contains references to more than 900 articles published in seven different hobby publications. All are related to vintage baseball card collecting. The Index is easily accessible from an icon on the Home Page of our website.

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.