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  eNews Issue #107 (March 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. 1882 H804-11 Circled Position Series Trade 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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March 2013

19-21Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction (includes baseball; see website).
22-24Rosemont, Il Chicago Sun Times Sports Collectibles Convention (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).

April 2013

3-4Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
4Phone/Internet Lew Lipset Auction (see website for details).
5Phone/Internet Goldin Auctions (see website for details).
5-7Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
11Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
11Phone/Internet Auction (see website for details).
11Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
12-14Wilmington, MA Rich Altman's Boston Show (see website for details).
19-21Strongsville, OH Strongsville Show 2013 (see website for details).
24-26Dallas, TX Heritage Signature Sports Collectibles Auction (see website for details).
25Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).

2. 1882 H804-11 Circled Position Series Trade Cards


One of the more popular of the nineteenth-century trade card sets is often referred to as the Circled Position Series, based on the design and subjects on the cards.

The set carries the hobby designation H804-11.

The colorful 3-3/8 by 5-1/2-inch cards are framed inside a blue border. Each of the nine cards in the set displays a generic image of a baseball player in one of nine field positions.

The player's position is printed along the left or right edge about one inch up from the bottom of the card. Interestingly, the position of Right Fielder is omitted from the series. Instead, the "ninth" position is that of a "Batsman."

All players are shown inside a large circle, giving the cards what some describe as a keyhole appearance.

Like most trade card sets, the Circles Position Series is printed on light card (heavy paper) stock.

The series was produced and distributed in the early to mid-1880s by Cosack & Company, making it one of the earlier baseball trade card sets. A somewhat wordy label in very small type in the blue border at the bottom of each card reads: "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1882 by Cosack & Co. in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington."
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Marshall & Ball

Peck & Snyder

Wright & Ditson

Hindoo Cigars

Malley & Co.

Ad messages for a number of different sponsors are printed on both the fronts and backs of most of the cards. One of the more frequently found sponsor messages is that of Marshall & Ball clothiers. As a result, the set is sometimes referred to as the Marshall & Ball set. Other sponsors as illustrated above include Peck & Snyder (sporting goods), Wright & Ditson (sporting goods), Hindoo Cigars and Edward Malley & Co. (jewelers).

Cosack & Company was a leading lithographer and publisher established in 1864 in Buffalo, New York. In the 1880s when the H804-11 set was produced, the company was still headquartered in Buffalo but had facilities in Chicago, New York, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Hartford and Boston.

A Set Profile, Checklist and Gallery of all nine cards in the Circled Position trade card series can be found on 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:
1882   H804-11   Cosack & Co. Trade Cards

Set Checklists have been added for:
1882   H804-11   Cosack & Co. Trade Cards

Set Galleries have been added for:
1882   H804-11   Cosack & Co. Trade Cards
1911   T201   Mecca Double Folders

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)

Vander Meer Website Launched. A new website commemorating the 75th anniversary of Johnny Vander Meer's record setting back-to-back no-hitters came on-line earlier this month at The website includes history about Vander Meer’s career, a photo gallery, a video of Yogi Berra discussing the record, a few selected baseball card images and other fun facts. It was developed by popular children’s author Robert Skead, who also recently released an eBook about Vander Meer titled "Catching Rainbows--the Story of Johnny Vander Meer’s Back to Back No Hitters."

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.