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  eNews Issue #137 (September 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. Set Profile: 1933 R305 Tattoo Orbit Gum
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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2Phone/Internet Giovanni Sports Auctions (see website for details).
2-4White Plains, NY White Plains "The Fall Classic" Show (see website for details).
3Internet Brockelman & Luckey Auctions (see website for details).
7Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
9-11Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
15Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
15Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
15Internet All-Sports Auctions (see website for details).
17Phone/Internet RMY Auctions (see website for details).
17Phone/Internet Robert Edward Auctions (see website for details).
22Internet Sports Card Link (see website for details).
24-25Long Island, NY Long Island (Hofstra) Show (see website for details).
25Phone/Internet Worthridge Auctions (see website for details).

2. Set Profile: 1933 R305 Tattoo Orbit Gum

R305 Front

While much is known about the relatively obscure 1933
R305 Tattoo Orbit Gum set, there remain unanswered questions about both the set and the origins of it's producer.

While the set's sponsor is not identified on the cards, it is well known that, based on known promotional posters and other related memorabilia, they were produced by Orbit Gum Company of Chicago. However, according to the Wrigley Company who currently distributes its Orbit Gum brand, "The history of Orbit Gum dates back to World War II," more than a decade after the Tattoo Orbit Company distributed its gum and R305 baseball card series. What happened in between is the subject of further research.

And while the R305 cards are sometimes claimed to have been distributed in the company's "Pirate" wrappers, it is generally agreed among collectors that the cards were packaged in a cellophane or glassine type wrapper as shown at left. The glassine wrappers measure about 2-3/16 x 4 inches

The "Pirate" wrappers are too small to contain the R305 cards and are known to have been used to distribute the R308 self developing cards that the company produced the same year.

It is not certain how the glassine packages were distributed to consumers--whether sold directly or perhaps used as free "premiums" with the purchase of the R308 photo cards. The rare window display poster at right clearly pictures the R305 cards, but appears to link the R305 cards to the R308 "Pirates" wrapper printed in the lower right corner of the poster.

The Tattoo Orbit cards measure approximately 2 by 2-1/4 inches. The cards are unnumbered and arranged in the set checklist in alphabetical order of player last names.

The black and white player images on the "Art Deco" style card fronts are silouetted by a thin black line.

The black line separates the player image from a stylized playing field background. All cards are printed with backgrounds in striking reds and yellows along with pale lime greens used for trees and some stadiums. Not-so-bright fleshtone tints add color to each player's face and hands. The player's first and last name is printed in all capital lettering across the top of the card.

The card backs reveal only slightly more information about the player. The player's name is repeated from the front followed by his playing position, team, birth date, height and weight.

Perhaps not too surprisingly for an issue produced by a Chicago-based company, the R305 set is heavy on players from Chicago teams. More specifically, the team breakdown is: Chicago Cubs (15), Chicago White Sox (6), Boston Red Sox (6), Cleveland Indians (6), Philadelphia Athletics (6), St. Louis Browns (6), St. Louis Cardinals (5), Cincinnati Reds (3), Philadelphia Phillies (3), Brooklyn Dodgers (2), Boston Braves (1) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1). There are no cards in this set from members of the Detroit Tigers, New York Giants, New York Yankees or Washington Senators.

While more than one-quarter of the players featured in the R305 set are now in the baseball Hall of Fame, noticeably absent are cards of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, among others.

The somewhat obscure R305 Tattoo Orbit set contains a few cards that were apparently short printed and more difficult (and expensive) to acquire than others. The Hornsby card is generally considered the key card in the set, although others follow closely. But compared with other candy and gum sets of the period, the R305 set is one of the least difficult to complete.

We welcome any feedback from readers that may be able to provide more detail about the R305 Tattoo Orbit set and its manufacturer. Please send all feedback to

A Set Profile, Checklist and recently added Gallery of all R305 Tattoo Orbit 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:

A Group (Type-Card) Gallery has been added for R-cards (mid-19th century gum cards). Such Group Galleries are listed at the beginning of each Group Index accessible on the navigation bar at the top of each page on the website. They function as "type card" galleries within each major card group. They are intended to help streamline the identification of various card sets and provide a visual path to the Profile pages on the Old Cardboard website for each set. Each card image in the group represents a vintage baseball card set and includes a link to more detailed information about the issue.

Set Checklists have been added for:
1938   R329   Clopay Foto Fun

Set Galleries have been added for:
1933   R305  : Tattoo Orbit Gum
1947   D305   Bond Bread

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.

R-Cards (Topps)
Magic Photo/Hocus Focus
1951 Topps Gum
1952 Topps Gum
1953 Topps Gum
1954 Topps Gum
1955 Topps Gum
1956 Topps Gum
1957 Topps Gum
1958 Topps Gum

T-Cards (I)
T3 Turkey Reds
T200 Fatima (Team)
T201 "Double Folders"
T202 Hassan Triple Folders
T203 Mayo BB Comics
T204 Ramly
T205 Gold Borders
T206 White Borders
T207 Brown Background

(more custom searches
by major card group)

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

Yogi Berra Dies at Age 90. Baseball icon and Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra died September 22 at the age of 90. Yogi is remembered not only for his baseball prowess (358 career home runs and nearly 1500 RBI's), but also for his seemingly endless supply of witty quips (e.g., "He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious." or "If people don't want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?" or "You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six." or one of his most famous "When you come to a fork in the road, take it."). May Yogi rest in peace as he takes his last fork in the road. Note: Berra's 1947 D305 Bond Bread rookie baseball card is card #2 in a recently added D305 Gallery on the Old Cardboard website.

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.