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Old 06-26-2015, 07:39 PM
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Default The John D Wagner Hobby Letters - 1930s on...

This thread will be devoted to letters to John Wagner concerning his collecting endeavors. It's not often we see correspondence from the 1930s concerning baseball card collecting..Please remember many of these will pre-date the original American Card Catalog, The United States Card Collectors Catalog, put out in 1939. Many if not most of these letters were sent to him from ads he put in various collector magazines including one of the most well known ones, Hobbies Magazine. Enjoy...
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Leon, thanks for posting the J.D. Wagner material
looking forward to each one, they are hobby treasures for sure.
I'm a half hour from Harrisburg, I might look up his house the next time I'm in the area
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going back to a few from 1936....where were you 79 yrs ago?
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One from 1936 with a bit more content.....these will generally go in chronological order by year.....(and are these scans big enough to easily read?)
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It is crazy to think that our cards, like the ones mentioned in the letters, are now worth 1000x to 100,000's times more than what this gentleman sold them for in the 1930's (minus inflation, but still...!)

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Jan, 24th, Feb. 3rd & Feb. 12th, 1937 - These two Feb. letters were in one envelope. The envelope was sealed original and never opened when I got it. I was hoping there was a Wags on approval or something, but alas, nothing. Still interesting that these never got read until today.

ps..and the January 1937 letter is newly added
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He saw John's name in the Card Collectors Bulletin #1. - Mar 7, 1937...he had 2000 T cards....
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April 21, 1937. I like how they always talk of sending hundreds...200, 300, 500 etc... of cards at a time. And a lot were characterized as only being small or large, baseball or not..
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Another note from Golden to John Wagner, dated April 27, 1937 (2 yrs before the first iteration of the ACC)...

Pre-internet and pre catalog it doesn't seem like there were a ton of collectors or at least ones that JR Burdick had on his list.

"While we know of some 25 card collectors, according to Mr. Burdick's bulletin..." - Edward Golden

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Default Sporting News: You might check with Burke for photos....

These hobby correspondence are some of the neatest items to me. So scarce and relevent (historically speaking)..

Noyes doesn't like T206 either, before they were given that ACC number (or any number).....
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