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  eNews Issue #129 (January 2015)

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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. World Series Rings Among Most Sought After Collectibles
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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January 2015

18Phone/Internet RMY Auctions (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
29Internet Bagger's Auctions (see website for details).
30Phone/Internet Giovanni Sports Auctions (see website for details).
31Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).

February 2015

5Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
7Phone/Internet Goldin Auctions (see website for details).
12Phone/Internet Huggins & Scott Auctions (see website for details).
13-15Houston 29th Annual Tristar Houston Show (see website for details).
21-22NYC/Internet Heritage Signature Sports Collectibles Auction (see website for details).
25Phone/Internet Hunt Auctions (see website for details).
28Internet Brockelman & Luckey Auctions (see website for details).

2. World Series Rings Among Most Sought After Collectibles in Hobby

1922 Giants
(First World Series Ring)
For most ball players, a World Series ring marks the pinnacle of their major league career. Certainly, at least for its owner, a WS ring is far more cherished that his rookie baseball card, or just about any other piece of related memorabilia. Indeed, players are sometimes measured by the number of WS rings they have accumulated.

The rings today are among the most highly valued collectibles in the hobby. They typically range in value from several thousand dollars for original rings awarded to team staff, to $180,000 paid in 2007 for the ring of Casey Stengel as manager of the 1951 Yankees. Because of the relative scarcity and high value of the original rings, replicas are widely available at a small fraction of those prices.

Individual awards for baseball's championship teams date back to the nineteenth century in the form of pins, pocketwatch fobs, etc. It was not until 1922, however, that the first World Series rings were produced. They were awarded to members of the New York Giants, winners of the Series that year.

Rings were not awarded to the World Champion 1923 Yankees, the 1924 Senators or the 1925 Pirates. However, beginning with the 1926 rings awarded to the St. Louis Cardinals, World Series rings rapidly became a firmly entrenched tradition that continues to the present day. The single exception to this nearly century long tradition was in 1994 when the World Series was not played as a result of player strikes that year.

Along with the increase in popularity of the rings, many facts and stories have surfaced relating to them. A few of these include:

  • It is reported that Grover Alexander pawned his 1926 Cardinals ring so many times in St. Louis that the team owner's wife alerted local pawn-shop owners to call after Alexander left so she could repurchase it for him.

    2003 Marlins
    (Heaviest WS Ring Ever)
  • The largest and heaviest rings are those of the 2003 Marlins, weighing in at just under a quarter of a pound including more than 200 diamonds. The monster rings reportedly cost the team owners $20,000 apiece (said to be at about half the retail value at the time, due to the volume produced).
  • Speaking of volume: After the 2004 World Series, the Red Sox are said to have ordered over 500 rings.
  • The player that has accumulated the largest number of World Series rings is Yankees' catcher Yogi Berra, with 10 rings (not counting three World Series rings awarded to him as manager). In fact, each of the top six players with the most rings played all or most of their Major League careers with the Yankees.
  • Just last December (2014), LA Dodgers' Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully lost his 1988 Dodgers World Series ring while packing ribs he purchased at a local Costco store. The ring was later recovered, but not until after a Dodgers' official sent a tweet to the world that the ring was missing and urged fans to be on the lookout for it.
  • In recent times, non-players affiliated with a team, including front office executives, coaches, locker room staff, farm team players and others also receive rings. In some cases, players that played for a team early in the season but were no longer affiliated with the winning team during the World Series have also received rings. In more than one instance where someone had been affiliated with both teams in the Series, they were guaranteed a ring no matter which team won the Series.

    Jewelers that have produced the World Series rings include Jostens, Tiffany, Dieges & Clust, and Balfour.

    A WS Ring Profile page, as well as Gallery of all rings issued from 1922 through 2010, has been added to the Old Cardboard website (in the "Others" >> "Miscellaneous" category).

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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:
    1922-2010   World Series Rings
    1962   M118   Baseball Monthly Premiums

    Set Checklists have been added for:
    1887   WG1   Base Ball Playing Cards

    Set Galleries have been added for:
    1922-2010   World Series Rings
    1887   WG1   Base Ball Playing Cards

    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 group)

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

    Thanks, John Sununu. Thanks to reader John Sununu for providing an image of the 1913 Voskamp's Coffee card of Howie Camnitz. The Gallery of Cards for the Voskamp's set is now complete except for one card--that of Ed Mensor. John also noted the omission of the Hall of Fame induction dates for Pete Alexander (1938) and Harry Heilmann (1952) in our W517 Set Checklist. These dates have now been added. Thanks again, John.

    Thanks, Brian Van Horn. Thanks also to collector Brian Van Horn for providing an image of the Herb Pennock card from the 1922 V89 William Patterson set for use in our Hall of Fame Rookie Card database. We appreciate input like this from Brian and John Sununu (see above News Brief) to help us maintain the Old Cardboard website to the highest standards of accuracy and completeness. Thanks again for feedback from all our readers.

    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.