Your Information Resource for Vintage Baseball Cards
  eNews Issue #122 (June 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: 1889 Capadura Cigar 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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June 2014

7Live/Internet Wheatland Auction Services (see website for details).
11Phone/Internet Mile High Extra Innings Auction (see website for details).
12Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
12Internet Sirius Sportscards (see website for details).
19Phone/Internet Giovanni Sports Auctions (see website for details).
21Phone/Internet RMY Auctions (see website for details).
26Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
26Internet Sirius Sportscards (see website for details).
26Phone/Internet Collectible Classics Auction (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Worthridge Auctions (see website for details).

July 2014

11-13Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
12-13Phone/Internet Goldin Auctions (see website for details).
15-17Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction (incl. baseball; website).
17Phone/Internet Mile High Premium Catalog Auction (see website for details).
24Phone/Internet Bussineau Sports Rarities (see website for details).
7/30-8/3Cleveland, OH National Sports Collectors Convention (see website for details).
7/31-8/1Cleveland, OH Heritage Sports Signature Auction (see website for details).

2. Set Profile: 1889 Capadura Cigar Trade Cards

Stogie enthusiasts who collect vintage baseball cards may find themselves particularly interested in this nineteenth-century trade card set listed in the American Card Catalog (ACC) as series H804-4. The five-card series, sponsored by Capadura Cigars, is scarce but not rare among early trade card sets.

The set is believed to have been produced in the late 1880s although the exact year(s) that they were distributed are not currently known. For checklisting purposes, we estimate that they were produced about 1889.

Unlike many other trade card sets with overprints that advertize the products of a variety of different sponsors, this series was printed exclusively for Capadura Cigars.

Baseball-themed caricatures found in the set are printed in black and reddish-orange over a light tan background. While font styles and the position of the copyright informataion vary among different cards, all show a caption in a separate panel at the bottom, ending with a tag line for "The Capadura Cigar." A caption related to the card subject is also printed in the panel.

Also found in the lower edge of the card image is a copyright notice "Registered by R. C. Brown," and the name of the printer, "Clay & Richmond, Buffalo, N. Y."

A more detailed promotional message is also printed on the backs of the cards. As seen in the above example, the brand at that time was distributed by Imperial Segar Manufactory located in lower Manhattan, NY.

In addition to the baseball-themed H804-4 cards, Capadura also sponsored several other trade card series. Of these, perhaps one of the more interesting is another five-card series printed in black and white and now referred to as the Skaters series (see example at left). It measures approximately 3-3/8 by 5-1/4 inches. The Skaters set is listed in the ACC as set H889.

Capadura cigar roots can be traced back to 1858 when Robert Capadura Brown (the namesake for the brand and the registered copyright owner when the H804-4 Trade Cards were produced in the 1880s) first manufactured and distributed his cigars.

The brand continues today and is distributed by the Luba Cigar Corporation. According to the Luba website, the operation is run by Ruth Elizabeth Batista, a native of the Dominican Republic who worked her way up in the family tobacco business in her home country and now lives in the United States. You can experience a little Capadura history and order your smoke today by going to this website. Postscript (Jan 2019): It now appears that Luba is no longer in operation and that the Capadura brand is no longer offered.

A Set Profile for the H804-4 Capadura Cigar Trade Cards, along with a Checklist and Gallery of all five 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:
1889   H804-4   Capadura Cigar Trade Cards
1913   BF-unc   Cravats Felt Pennants

Set Checklists have been added for:
1889   H804-4   Capadura Cigar Trade Cards
1913   BF-unc   Cravats Felt Pennants

Set Galleries have been added for:
1889   H804-4   Capadura Cigar Trade Cards
1913   BF-unc   Cravats Felt Pennants

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.

1887 N28 Allen & Ginter
1888 N29 Allen & Ginter
N162 Goodwin Champions
N172 Old Judge
N184 Kimballs
1800s BB Trade Cards

D303/D304 General Baking
D305 Bond Bread
1946-50 D317 Remar Bread
1910 D322 Tip Top Bread
1947 D323 Tip Top Bread
1916-21 D350 Standard Biscuit

(more custom searches
by major card groups)

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

Tribute to Baseball and D-Day. In a tribute to both baseball and the 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944), Gary Bedingfield's recently launched Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice Blog profiles that horrific day along with a tribute to all who lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. Gary's new blog and his Baseball's Greatest Sacrifice website is the most comprehensive resource of its type on the Internet. There are currently 508 names listed on the website with 478 individual biographies available. You can visit Bedingfield's Blog or his Website for a closer look.

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.