Editor’s Notes (April 2020)
Each month, content gets updated on the Pre-War Cards site. However, while you see the regular articles that are posted, plenty of stuff is always being added behind the scenes. Much of this has to do with the updating of set descriptions and checklists in the database and each month, I’ll be posting to alert you to stuff that has been added or updated from the previous month.
Here are the items added/updated from the past month.
Some months are just kind of … hectic. Last month was apparently so busy that I didn’t get to the monthly editor’s notes. So with that said, here’s a couple months’ worth of updates of happenings around the site.
Obviously, the big news around the world is the devastation of the Coronavirus. While there are much bigger things to worry about, we’re seeing all kinds of cancellations and postponements of most, if not all, card shows. Some sites that ship cards out, like COMC, have halted shipments temporarily. And grading has also been put on hold by both PSA and Beckett.
I don’t mention too many sales of cards from auctions in this space but a notable one took place in February as the only known autographed Ty Cobb T206 green background card sold for $144,000.
In terms of new discoveries, I also wrote about a rare cricket trade card (pictured here) that was added to a checklist cataloged to show only a single baseball card. Essentially, it was believed that the baseball card was only a standalone card. However, this cricket card is clearly from the same set, leading us to wonder if more can be in the set.
Finally, I’m often asked how I got into collecting pre-war cards. I now have a de facto answer, which is basically to send everyone to this link. This article sums up my collecting ‘career’ from breaking into the hobby all the way up till now. If you like boring, wordy articles about meaningless life events, this article is for you.
New Sets Added
Several new set reviews/descriptions have been added to the site. The last two months have been the busiest for that in some time.
- 1920 J. Beagles Famous Boxers Postcards
- 1938 Bocnal Proverbs Up to Date
- Cioccolato Zaini Sets
- Cope/R.J. Hill Flags, Arms, and Types of Nations
- 1889 Duke Tobacco Postage Stamps (N85)
- 1889 Duke Yacht Colors (N91 and N140)
- 1924 Gallaher The Reason Why
- 1930s Godfrey Phillips BDV Sports
- 1936 Godfrey Phillips Famous Minors
- 1924 Imperial The Reason Why
- 1924 Mitchell’s Humorous Drawings
- 1928 Ogden Marvels of Motion
- 1920s Suchard Chocolates Boxing Postcards
- 1936 Varldens Basta Boxare