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  eNews Issue #123 (July 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: 1932 Bulgaria Sport-Photos
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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July 2014

18Phone/Internet Goldin Auctions (see website for details).
22Phone/Internet Prestige Collectibles Auction (see website for details).
24Phone/Internet Bussineau Sports Rarities (see website for details).
25Phone/Internet Leland's Catalog Auction (see website for details).
25-26Cooperstown, NY Cooperstown Show (VFW Hall on Main St.; Across from HOF)
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).

August 2014

1Cleveland, OH Legendary Auctions (see website for details).
6-7Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
7Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
7Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
14Internet Bagger's Auctions (see website for details).
14Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
23Phone/Internet SCP Auctions (see website for details).
23Phone/Internet Wheatland Sports Memorabilia Auction (see website for details).
27-28Phone/Internet Legendary Auctions (see website for details).

2. Set Profile: 1932 Bulgaria Sport-Photos

Despite the sometimes misleading set name, this set was produced in Germany. The cards were distributed by the Bulgaria Cigarette Company of Bresden to coincide with the 1932 Olympics in Berlin. The white bordered black and white cards measure about 1-5/8 by 2-3/8 inches and have no labeling on the front. They are not listed in the American Card Catalog (ACC).

Only one card in the 272-card set carries an image of a baseball player. The card, numbered 256, shows a photo of Babe Ruth along with boxing champion Max Schmeling (see example at left).

Under the heading Bulgaria Sport-Photos, the card backs are numbered. In addition, they carry a brief description of the subject(s) on the card front, followed by an ad for obtaining an album to contain the cards.

The soft-bound album (see image at right) measures approximately 10 x 12 inches. In addition to baseball and boxing, the numerous sports represented in the album include golf, hockey, ice dance, rowing, sailing, soccer, swimming, tennis, skiing and other winter sports.

Curiously, the sportsman featured on the album cover is standing tall with his arm outstretched and holding a (presumably Bulgaria) cigarette.

A Set Profile for the Bulgaria Cigarette set has been added to the Old Cardboard website.

Note: Another sportscard series aimed at the German market was produced in the same year (1932) by a Bulgaria Cigarette brand competitor, Abdulla Tobacco.

The Abdulla cards are slightly larger, measuring 1-11/16 by 2-1/2 inches. The Abdulla card fronts carry the subject's name and home country.

As with the Bulgaria set, the Abdulla cards are printed in black and white with text on the back printed in German. The Abdulla set features 200 cards and is not listed in the ACC. Ruth is also the only baseball player in the Abdulla set (see example at left).

Abdulla also produced an album to contain the cards. Because both sets were produced in the years leading up to WWII, the cards are considered scarce, with the Abdulla cards being somewhat more difficult to find.

A Set Profile for the Abdulla Tobacco set has also 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:
1932   Abdulla Tobacco (Germany)
1932   Bulgaria Cigarettes (Germany)

Set Checklists have been added for:
1936   W463-6   "Four-on-One" Exhibits

Set Galleries have been added for:
1936   W463-6   "Four-on-One" Exhibits

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.

E91 American Caramel
E92 Nadja/Croft's/Dockman
E93 Standard Caramel
E94 George Close Candy
E95 Philadelphia Caramel
E96 Philadelphia Caramel

E120 Am. Caramel
E121 Am. Caramel
E122 Am. Caramel
E136/137 Zeenuts
E254/270 Colgan's Chips

(more custom searches
by major card groups)

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

See you at National. Brett and I look forward to seeing our readers and collector friends at the 35th National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland beginning later this month. We will both have our cell phones and can be reached on the convention floor at 512-466-5372 (Brett) or 512-466-5358 (Lyman). See you there.

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.