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Old 10-01-2004, 07:41 AM
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Posted By: warshawlaw 

While cleaning the bathroom, er, library the other day I came across an old magazine. June 2004 VCBC. Has anyone seen another one since? I thought they were getting a new manager, were going to meet a production schedule, etc.

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Old 10-01-2004, 08:34 AM
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Posted By: Gilbert Maines

My wife bought me a subscription to this magazine for my birthday ! That was in June. They cashed the check. Thats the last indicator that I have that they exist.

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Old 10-01-2004, 08:46 AM
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Posted By: Jay Miller

I spoke to Don Betz yesterday. Don indicated that there is at least a month to go until the next issue goes to press. They are trying to make some improvements to the magazine and Dennis Purdy will have a larger role going forward. I think these are positive moves and look forward to the next issue.

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Old 10-01-2004, 09:00 AM
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Posted By: runscott

I would really hate for us to lose this journal. I think the hobby is well-represented by updated publications of Mr. Lemke's "Standard Catl'g...", "VCBC", and "Old Cardboard", but they each have their own focus. For instance, VCBC contains great stuff on the history of baseball that sometimes doesn't involve cards.

I'm making assumptions about "Old Cardboard" since I subscribed recently but haven't actually seen an issue. But everyone says it's cool.

Now that the old Beckett's vintage magazine is defunct, do we have other choices? Please enlighten.

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Old 11-04-2004, 10:35 AM
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Posted By: Gilbert Maines

In June, as a birthday present, my wife bought me a subscription to VCBC. This follows her subscription to Beckett Vintage, and more recently to Old Cardboard.

I wonder if there are any vintage magazines. I am about to give up. (I only let her subscribe to Old Cardboard after y'all reported that they exist and they actually send the magazine, not just cash your check).

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Old 11-04-2004, 11:18 AM
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Posted By: runscott

Looking forward to seeing that one, and the next VCBC.

I think VCBC is still easily the best vintage baseball journal available - there are always a few articles that are relevant to mainstream vintage collecting, and the other more esoteric subjects are usually interesting as well. I also like the ties to history and don't mind in the least the reprints of old articles that they enhance with card images.

I have issues that I use as reference for 19th century photography, baseball history books, woodcuts, etc. But what makes it great is that many of the articles are written by people who frequent this board, and those are the people who have their fingers on the pulse of the hobby. Even if this publication eventually dies, the back-issues are still a must-have.


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have writtern an article for VCBC, had it accepted, been told it would be in the next issue, and that Don would be in touch during the nexr week about final details--and then, NOTHING! I did a re-write--have NO IDEA whether he read the re-write; I put all the pictures in the right places. I just called, and someone told me to call back in two hours...he's out of the office.

I know that similar things have have happened to others, but also, that when the magazine finally does appear, it's very, very good. So it's not that my feelings are hurt (much), but that--what a WASTE OF TIME!

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Posted By: hankron

This isn't specifically about VCBC, nor is it a comment on Julie's article. But for small-time magazines like these, one of the most difficult things is to get enough quality ariticles. Many readers assume that piles of articles are sent in, but that's not the case. Few people take the time to write good articles for these magazines, so there's no way one of these magazines could become a monthly.

Any long time editor/publishers of these magazines would tell you this is the situation.

As far as Julie's situation goes, whether or not the article is acceptable, the publisher not communicating well with the writers like this is unprofessional and sign of a poorly run organization ... If the publisher acts this way towards people who put in the time and effort to write an article, it loses any right to complain that it doesn't get enough articles to publish a monthly.

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Posted By: Gilbert Maines

If there was only one staff writer, I would imagine that he or she could crank out one article per month. I have only been waiting five months for my initial issue. How long has it been since this magazine was last published?

Or do you mean that a magazine exists with no staff writers?

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Posted By: Richard Dwyer

I recently called and asked for a sample. It took repeated calls until they finally sent one. I felt it was too much of a risk sending in money if they were that slow to respond. From what I'm now reading, it sounds like I made the right choice.

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