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RGold's Collection

Vintage Sportscards & Non-Sports Ephemera

Ronald Goldberg

Leawood, Kansas

rgold7000@aol.com

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About My Collection & New Additions
1. About My Collection & New Additions 
ABOUT MY COLLECTION-I started collecting baseball cards at age 5, in 1955, in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri.  I quit collecting during high school, but as Michael Corleone would say, "Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in."

So, I found myself collecting again at age 29, in 1979, about the time when card collecting became a mainstream hobby for adults.  There were hobby publications and price guides, card shops and conventions.

I left the hobby in the early 1990's only to return in 1998, at age 48, to a hobby world of eBay, internet auctions, chat boards, and most importantly, encapsulated graded cards.

My main collecting interest is the inaugural baseball card set produced by the Goudey Gum Company in 1933 advertising Big League Chewing Gum.  I am also working to complete the non sport Indian Gum set issued that first year by the Goudey Gum Company, marking the beginning of the Bubblegum Era in card collecting.

Prior to the 1930's, cards were predominantly isuued by tobacco companies.  I enjoy working on my 1888 Great Americans set issued by W. Duke, Sons & Company Cigarettes and my 1914 Coupon Cigarette cards, a rare regional baseball set advertising cigarettes only produced and distributed in Louisiana.  I am getting close to completing the 1910 Champions set issued by tobacco brands Mecca, Hassan and Tolstoi.

My 1952 Red Man Chewing Tobacco cards represent the first cards advertising a tobacco product since the Golden Era prior to World War I.  Included in this set are the baseball stars I grew up watching.

In short, I collect what I like, in the best condition I can find and afford. I think there is something of interest here for almost anybody.  I am thankful for my hobby friends and contacts, a wife that understands my addiction, and a website like ImageEvent that allows me to look at my collection which is, by necessity, locked away in a bank vault.

NEW ADDITIONS-The easiest way to respond when asked what's new in my collection is to provide a link to here.  Plus, this can act as my pictorial collecting blog.  

My most recent additions have been dominated by some beautiful 1914 T213 Coupon Hall of Famers that came from a new hobby find. Do not be fooled by grades that are lower than I normally collect.  These cards are tough to find and simply do not exist in high grades.  A nice grouping of 1933 Indian Gum and 1910 T218 Champion cards were added in the last few months. I was also able to upgrade five cards in my 1888 Dukes Great American set.  And, to top it off, I found upgrades to my 1933 Goudey set and two rare 1933 Goudey printing error cards.

So, check out the 200 most recent additions to my collection, which I will update often.
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RGold Collection-1933 Goudey
2. RGold Collection-1933 Goudey 
The 1933 Goudey set is considered to be one of the top three sets in the hobby. It was one of the first sets issued in gum packs.

Although this innovative set is large and contains many expensive stars, the 1933 Goudey cards are widely collected and the competition is fierce.

The set has the distinction of including four different Babe Ruth cards. There is a batting pose with both red and yellow backgrounds, a portrait with green background, and a full body shot.

One of the rarest baseball cards from a mainstream set is card #106 Napoleon Lajoie. It was not originally issued in 1933, so the set could not be completed from packs. In 1934, Goudey issued the card to collectors that sent letters to the company complaining about the missing #106 card. Ironically, the Goudey Company sent the card to those few lucky collectors through the mail attached to a letter with a paper clip. Therefore, many of the surviving copies of this rare card show damage, resulting in it being hard to find in mint-like condition.  It is now considered to be one of the "Big Three" most desired baseball cards along with the two cards from the T206 set depicting Honus Wagner and Eddie Plank.

There are only two recognized variations in the set.  Card #6 Jimmy Dykes was originally produced showing his age as 26 and was subsequently corrected to read 36. Card #47 Heinie Manush pictures a fence or no fence above the outfield wall.  None of the variations carry a premium. The set is fairly mistake free and contains only minimal spelling errors which were common in the era of this production.

Printing related errors or anomalies were very rare given that the quality control for the production of Goudey cards was so strong.  However, I do have two examples missing the normal background colors. These may have been caused by running out of certain colors of ink during the printing process or they might somehow be a result of being printed at the same time as the Goudey Indian Gum Set, which had one series with white backgrounds.  Also, I like to collect interesting misstrikes and ghost images from the Goudey sets including the World Wide Gum set issued by Goudey in Canada.

My set is now about 99% complete and stands as the #1 1933 Goudey set on the SGC Registry.  I am still missing the Lajoie card and one of two Lou Gehrig cards.  I have 174 cards graded SGC 88-92 which represents about 73% of the total set.  I may never finish this monster, but I am having fun trying.
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RGold Collection-1952 Red Man
3. RGold Collection-1952 Red Man 
Red Man baseball cards were the first national sets of tobacco cards produced since the golden days of tobacco cards in the early part of the 1900's.  The 1952 Red Man Tobacco set is the rarest and hardest to complete of the four years that the cards were issued.

My set was once rated All-Time Finest on the PSA Registry, a listing of all the top baseball card sets. I retired my set after being ranked the best 1952 Red Man set for five years in a row 2002-2006. In 2002, my set was recognized as the top set in its category of regional sets.

In 2007, I began having my collection re-graded by Sportscard Guaranty(SGC), the company I consider to be the best in the hobby.  

This set now consists of the very best cards from my old 1952 Red Man set combined with the very best cards from the Tony Conte collection which I purchased in 2008.  It is now the #1 1952 Red Man set on the SGC Registry, and in 2010 won the SGC Best of Registry Award.

I plan to continue upgrading this set in SGC 88 or better.  Check out my website www.redmancards.com
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RGold Collection-1914 T213 Coupon Type 2
4. RGold Collection-1914 T213 Coupon Type 2 
The T213 (Type 2) Coupon Cigarettes cards were issued in 1914, making them one of the last traditional tobacco sets of the golden era.

Borrowing the same images as T206, the T213 (Type 2) Coupon set was issued exclusively in the Louisiana area. They are most always kept from higher grades due to light creases(cracks) which are a result of the cards being manufactured with a lacquer coating to the front. The Louisiana climate did not help the preservation of the cards either. Plus, who knows how many cards may have been lost during Hurricane Katrina.  

I like to collect Hall of Famers from this set with nice eye appeal regardless of the technical grade.  There are 21 Hall of Famers with variations numbering 49 different cards.  I am also going to include Hal Chase's six cards, three poses with two team variations of each.

I have all 21 Hall of Famers, but I will be looking for the pose and team variations that I need.  I also have four out of six Hal Chase cards that were included in the set.  I am currently missing 10 of the possible 55 cards that will make up this collection.
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RGold Collection-1936 R312 Premiums
5. RGold Collection-1936 R312 Premiums 
The 1936 R312 premium baseball set, issued by National Chicle, is comprised of twenty-five individual player portraits, fourteen multiplayer portraits, and eleven in-action photos. The beautiful, rich pastel colors of R312 premiums make them one of the most striking and distinctive of all 1930s issues.

The R312 premiums have received very little attention from collectors, in part due to the fact that they are larger than standard cards, measuring 4" x 5 3/8". Also, they are blank-backed with no identification of the issuer.  

A note of interest is that Joe DiMaggio’s name is misspelled “DiMagio” on his card.

I have completed this set, but I will try to collect any upgrades that I can find as they can be quite hard to acquire in decent condition.
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RGold Collection-1910 T218 Champions
6. RGold Collection-1910 T218 Champions 
These cards were issued by different tobacco companies as shown on the back of each card.  The brands most commonly found are Mecca and Hassan. Tolstoi backs are very rare in any condition.

The set illustrates how sport in America has changed over the years. Besides the beauty of the cards, the most striking thing is that only a handful of the stars are remembered today.

The set features 62 boxers including heavyweight boxing champions Jack Johnson and James Jeffries.  The set also includes featherweight boxing champion Abe Attell who later gained notoriety as a key figure in baseball's Black Sox scandal. However, for the most part, the set is dominated by long forgotten Olympians.

The set is large, and becoming expensive to collect.  The 153 different cards were issued in three series, with Mecca backs used on all three series, Hassan backs on only series 1 and 2, and Tolstoi backs on only series 2.  In addition, there are two different factory designations showing where the cards were printed.  I will try to collect SGC cards as I can find them, but a complete master set with all back variations would seem to be out of reach. I will only look to complete a basic set, ignoring all back variations.
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RGold Collection-Gashouse Gang
7. RGold Collection-Gashouse Gang 
The St. Louis Cardinals Gashouse Gang won the World Series in 1934 led by four future Hall of Famers Dizzy Dean, Joe Medwick, Frank Frisch and Leo Durocher.  Although he is not in the Hall of Fame, Pepper Martin was the heart and soul of the Gashouse Gang, a ball club that represented the rough-and-tumble Depression era.

I like to collect wire photos of these players from the Gashouse Gang.  Wire photos are 2nd generation photographs, developed from duplicate negatives or wire transmissions within approximately two years of when the pictures were taken.  Wire photos were used by the press, and many have been becoming available as newspaper files are being closed.
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RGold Collection-1933 Goudey Indian Gum
8. RGold Collection-1933 Goudey Indian Gum 
Issued from 1933 through 1940, the Goudey Indian Gum set is among the most popular of all non-sports sets. The set contains 216 numbered, multi-colored artwork cards highlighting American Indians and famous U.S. military officers.  The set also includes famous action scenes and historical figures of the time.

Highlights include Geronimo, Pocahontas, Sitting Bull, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, General Custer, Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, Sam Houston, Kit Carson and Buffalo Bill.

In addition to the scarce blue border and white background variations, the cards were issued in different series as noted on the back of each card, making collecting a master set of all variations quite difficult.

Completing a basic set of all 216 subjects or a master set of 432 with variations is probably out of my reach, but I will add cards as they become available.
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RGold Collection-1888 N76 Duke Americans
9. RGold Collection-1888 N76 Duke Americans 
The popular 50 card Great Americans set was issued in 1888 by W. Duke, Sons & Co.

The artwork is fantastic, and the choice of subjects depicts an America just 23 years removed from the Civil War.  There is even one variation, H.W. Beecher posing both left and right.

These cards are over 125 years old, and can be very hard to find in nice condition.  Aside from corner wear and off centering, surface damage and paper loss are common faults found in these cards.  I will try to upgrade the set if cards become available.
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RGold Collection-Shelby Gum
10. RGold Collection-Shelby Gum 
During the 1930's, Shelby Gum Company issued several sets of trading cards. Hollywood Picture Stars was the most popular set, and was reprinted several times.

Very few movie star trading card sets have been issued in the United States. This is surprising since baseball and other subjects have been generously covered by trading card sets. The movie sets that do exist tend to be very scarce.

Shelby Gum Company is known as the originator of bubble gum.  One of their laboratory employees, while trying to come up with a preservative to extend the shelf life of gum, accidentally came up with bubble gum.

The Hollywood Pictures Stars cards are very attractive when found in high grade, and include major stars such as Shirley Temple, Joan Blondell, Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Helen Hayes, Wallace Beery, Tom Mix, Loretta Young and Laurel & Hardy.

This forty card set was first issued with purple ink on the back. It was later issued using red ink and having a mail order ad for an album. There are also variations of the captions on the fronts.  In addition, the set was issued in Canada by Hamiilton Gum with the same fronts but different numbers and text in both English and French on the backs.

The set is a work in progress.  I hope to add to this collection including variations as cards are found.
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For Sale
11. For Sale 
All cards are listed on eBay where full descriptions and large pictures can be found.  I can sell these cards privately at a discount from the current eBay sales price because I will not have to pay eBay final value fees.  Your price is listed below in each card description.

Reserve cards by email only at rgold7000@aol.com

I will bill you by Paypal to your email address. When payment is received, the eBay listing will be terminated.  Please pay promptly.  The card will remain for sale on eBay until your payment is received.  

I pay shipping via USPS First Class or Priority Mail.  I ship in one business day, and will email you the tracking number.

I will accept returns and will refund your Paypal account upon return of the card in its original and undamaged condition.  You have 5 business days to notify me that you are returning the card and to ship it to me via first class, priority mail or other expedited service.

Prices Firm.  No offers accepted.  These are my bottom dollar prices.  Prices Firm.
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