Archive for the ‘Pre-War Vintage Baseball Cards’ Category

1934-36 Diamond Stars - Clearing Up the Confusion

Friday, July 6th, 2007

One of my father’s favorite sets is the National Chicle Company Diamond Stars set(s). It was issued by the National Chicle Company over a three-year period during the mid-1930s (specifically - from 1934 until 1936). The set has rich artwork, great imagery, and some really great ballplayers. That aside, many collectors find the set confusing, and with good reason. Some cards were produced just one year, and others two. A few of the cards were actually produced all three years. Even fewer were duplicated with new card numbers, and three “corrected” cards are in the set. Generally speaking, the card fronts stayed the same from year to year but the backs changed to notate the year. The short of the long is that there were some very unique printing patterns that are not found in any other set. More info after the jump! (more…)

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Ivey Wingo in the 1910 T210 Old Mill Red Border Set

Friday, May 4th, 2007

A few days ago, I acquired my first 1910 T210 Old Mill card. While I do not have the card in hand yet, I am very excited because the card is of Red Legs catcher Ivey Wingo. Surprisingly, this piece of information has eluded card collectors for some time. None of the major card catalog sites mentioned this until now. I took it upon my self to make the change to the checklist.

In 1909, Wingo signed to play with the Greenville franchise of the Class-D Carolina Association. Late in 1910, Roger Bresnahan, a future Hall of Fame member, and the St. Louis Cardinals, purchased Wingo’s contract from Greenville. The rest, as they say, is history.

Containing 640 cards, the T210 Old Mill set is easily the largest 20th-Century tobacco baseball card set. Each card measures approximately 1-1/2″ by 2-5/8″ and was included in a pack of American Tobacco Company Old Mill Cigarettes. The set was issued in eight separate series. Each series represented players from a specific Minor League. I’ll list the details following this post.

In any event, the cards are easy to identify on site. On each card, the player’s image is surrounded by a distinct red border. Similar to the 1909-11 T206 White Border set, the player’s last name and team affiliation are displayed at the front. On the back of the card, there is an advertisement for Old Mill Cigarettes and a series number. Below is a break down of the various leagues and teams by series.

  • Series 1 - South Atlantic League (aka Sally League): Augusta, Columbia, Columbus, Jacksonville, Macon, Savannah
  • Series 2 - Virginia League: Danville, Lynchburg, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond, Roanoke
  • Series 3 - Texas League: Dallas, Ft. Worth, Galveston, Houston, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Shreveport, and Waco.
  • Series 4 - Virginia Valley League: Charleston, Huntington, Montgomery, Point Pleasant
  • Series 5 - Carolina Association: Anderson, Charleston, Charlotte, Greensboro, Spartanburg, Winston-Salem
  • Series 6 - Blue Grass League: Frankfort, Lexington, Maysville, Paris, Richmond, Shelbyville, Winchester
  • Series 7 - Eastern Carolina League: Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Wilmington, Wilson
  • Series 8 - Southern Association: Atlanta, Birmingham, Chatanoga, Memphis, Mobile, Nashville, New Orleans
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