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  eNews Issue #119 (March 2014)

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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. Set Profile: 1949 Gallina Blanca
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 2014

18-20Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction (incl. baseball; website).
20Internet All-Sports Auctions (see website for details).
20Phone/Internet Bussineau Sports Rarities (see website for details).
20Internet Sirius Sportscards (see website for details).
21-23Rosemont, Il Chicago Sun Times Sports Collectibles Conv. (see website for details).
22Phone/Internet Wheatland Auction Services (see website for details).
26-27Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
27Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).
28-30Strongsville, OH Strongsville Show (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).

April 2014

3Phone/Internet Auction (see website for details).
9Phone/Internet Mile High Extra Innings Auction (see website for details).
10Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
10Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
17Internet Bagger's Auctions (see website for details).
17Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
25Phone/Internet Goldin Auctions (see website for details).
25-27San Francisco Tristar San Francisco Show (see website for details).
26Phone/Internet Robert Edward Auctions (see website for details).

2. Set Profile: 1949 Gallina Blanca

Album Cover

Album Page (Misc. Sports)
(baseball in 2nd row)
One of Old Cardboard's international subscribers, Fran y Pilar from Valencia, Spain, has provided us information about a card set produced in his country in 1949. According to Fran, "the set was published by Productos Gallina Blanca (White Chicken Products). It was the company's second distribution of collectible cards."

A hardcover album was also produced to display the cards. Like many Cuban and other album card sets of period, the Gallina Blanca "cards" are printed on paper stock and might be more appropriately described as stamps by some collectors.

"This huge album," according to Fran, "was constituted by 87 series with a total of 792 cards. Of these, 64 series were about folklore, monuments, cinema stars, etc... and 23 series were devoted to sports. Among the sports series you can find a lot of series about the Spanish soccer teams, with others about boxing, athletics, swimming, cycling, motorism. and several about some other sports in sub-series of three cards. In this last case we find the sub-series about Pelota Base (Baseball)."

Pelota Base

N 1 Momento de "batear"

N 2 Llegada a 2 base
The album measures 255 cm (10 inches) by 275 cm (10-1/2 inches) and the cards about 37 cms [1-1/2 inches] by 5'3 cm [2-1/8 inches]. Fran also notes that "These cards were enclosed inside a lot of different Gallina Blanca products like chewing gum, cooking cubes, soda powder and even milk."

As illustrated in the album page and baseball sub-series above, each sport is represented by a row of three cards. Baseball is featured in the second row of cards on the album page. The card in the first column has no number and is labeled by the name of the sport ("Pelota Base" in this example). Cards in each of the other two columns have a number (1 or 2, respectively) along with a label on the album and a title on the card back. The back also has general information about the collection.

Model Delivery Truck (1950s)
Gallina Blanca Products company originated in Barcelona, Spain in 1937. Today, seventy-seven years later, the company distributes its various culinary products in over 50 countries spanning four continents. A scaled model of a period company delivery truck is shown at right.

The company produced its first collectible card set and album in 1945, predating the above "N 2 Album" by several years. The earlier series, however, did not include any cards with a baseball theme.

For future reference, a Set Profile, Checklist and Gallery (baseball only) of the Gallina Blanca cards are provided 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:
1959   R418   Fleer "Ted Williams" Set

Set Checklists have been added for:
1922   W503   Strip Card Set
1923   W572   Strip Cards
1949   Gallina Blanca (baseball only)

Set Galleries have been added for:
1949   Gallina Blanca (baseball only)

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

Beyond the above pages recently added 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 eBay listings. Samples of a few of these custom searches are provided below. Hundreds more are provided on the Set Profile pages throughout the Old Cardboard website.

W (Strip Cards)
W501 Strip Cards
1925-28 W512/W513
1920-21 W514
1931 W517 Strip Cards
W600/W601 Sporting Life
W602/W603 Sports Exchange

PC754 HOF Plaque PCs
PC765 Deitsch Postcards
PC773 H.M. Taylor Pub.
PC775 Grignon Cubs
PC786 Orcajo PCs
PC798 Baseball Comic PCs
1919 PC799 Reds Champs

(more custom searches
by major card groups)

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

National Approaching. With the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention fast approaching this summer in Cleveland, its not too early for a little advanced planning. Scheduled to be held July 30 through August 3 at the International Exposition (I-X) Center adjacent the Cleveland airport. Details of the event as well as ticket packages and lodging options are now available through the National Convention web site.

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.