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  eNews Issue #146 (June 2016)

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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. "Just So" Tobacco Cards Discovered
3. Latest Additions to the Website

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 2016

23Phone/Internet Mile High Auction (see website for details).
25Internet Brockelman Auctions (see website for details).
29Phone/Internet Clean Sweep Auctions (see website for details).
30Phone/Internet Sterling Sports Auctions (see website for details).
30Internet Bagger's Auctions (see website for details).
30Phone/Internet Goodwin & Co. Auction (see website for details).

July 2016

2Phone/Internet Small Traditions Auctions (see website for details).
7Internet Sirius Sportscards (see website for details).
12-14Phone/Internet Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction (incl. baseball; website).
15-17Chantilly, VA CSA Chantilly Show (see website for details).
28Phone/Internet Bussineau Sports Rarities Summer Auction (see website for details).

2. "Just So" Tobacco Cards Discovered

West Coast dealer David Levin recently announced an astonishing new discovery of two nineteenth century baseball cards. The cards, from the exceedingly rare 1893 "
Just So" tobacco card set, feature Cleveland Spiders players G. W. Davies and Jesse Burkett. Burkett has since (1946) been inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame.

The cards had been stored in the basement of a farmhouse near Windber, PA for generations. While the family was aware of the cards, they were unaware of their value. The cards were sold privately but estimated together to be valued at several tens of thousands of dollars.

According to Levin, the family was not planning to sell the cards until he told them what he thought he could get for the them. After the sale, the elderly couple told Levin that "the money could not have come at a better time," so everyone involved in the transaction was excited and happy.

The Just So cards measure about 2-1/2 by 3-7/8 inches (they are displayed here at approximate actual size).

All of the sixteen cards in the set feature players of the Cleveland Spiders--at the time a franchise of the then twelve-team National League.

As illustrated in the examples, each of the sepia-toned cards is labeled near the bottom of the photo with the player's name along with "Chew or Smoke Just So" printed in the bottom margin.

As an indication of the set's obscurity, only six examples were known to the hobby in 1983 as described in Volume 1 (N-Cards) of Lew Lipset's Encyclopedia of Baseball Cards.

The set was also apparently unknown to Jefferson Burdick, as it is not listed in the American Card Catalog.

An advertising broadside was discovered in early 2012 that for the first time linked the "Just So" tobacco brand to Philadelphia-based Frishmuth Tobacco Company. The example cards on the broadside, however, included only stage actresses. For details, see the article by Thomas Slowey in Issue #27 (Spring 2012) of Old Cardboard magazine.

Then, as reported in Old Cardboard eNewsletter #133 (May 2015), another broadside poster was discovered showing images of, presumably, all of the baseball players in the set. The poster, found intact but in very low grade, indicates that the cards were distributed in packages of Just So tobacco and strongly suggests that the set is complete at sixteen cards.

A Set Profile, Player Checklist and Set Gallery for the 1893 Just So Tobacco set are provided on the Old Cardboard website. For the first time, card images for all sixteen cards from the set are now shown in the gallery.

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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 Exhibit Cards (a subgroup of "W" 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 Galleries have been added for:
1893   "Just So" Tobacco The Gallery is now complete with 16 card images.

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, images of cards missing from our galleries, error corrections and suggestions. Please send all feedback 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 (Goudey)
1933 Sport Kings
1934/39 Premiums
R314 "Wide Pens"
1933 Goudey
1934 Goudey
1935 Goudey 4-in-1
1936 Goudey
1938 "Heads Up"
1941 Goudey

R-Cards (Bowman)
1948 Bowman
1949 Bowman
1950 Bowman
1951 Bowman
1952 Bowman
1953 Bowman (B&W)
1953 Bowman (Color)
1954 Bowman
1955 Bowman (TV)

(more custom searches
by major card group)

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.