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Old 03-01-2008, 08:07 PM
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Posted By: Joe D.

I posted this in the pickup thread....
but since I am asking for help - I thought it should have its own thread

I am trying to identify this item - and so far have come up empty (been googling).

It measures 3.5" x 5.5".
It is on slightly thinner than postcard paper stock (like a lighter postcard - heavier than a text weight paper)....
It looks hand-cut or trimmed, and it has the stamp on the back "New England Gum Co. Cambridge, Mass."

Any ideas?

Any info / comments would be appreciated.


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Old 03-01-2008, 08:18 PM
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Posted By: Dan Bretta

Joe, it's a New England Gum Company Mathewson. Says so right on the back.

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Old 03-01-2008, 08:37 PM
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Posted By: Matt

I think many of us saw it on ebay - glad someone from the board picked it up and interested to see what it is. Nothing like it in SCD as far as I can tell.

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Old 03-01-2008, 08:46 PM
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Posted By: Joe D.

I picked it up at the Reading Show.

Possibly the person who sold it to me got it from eBay.... I wouldn't know.

Would you happen to have the eBay auction number? If it is a different example of the item, I can contact the seller and see if he knows anything.


Dan -
thanks for the great detective work
btw - google is giving me nothing on "New England Gum Co."
I am getting NECCO results when I do that search.

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Old 03-01-2008, 08:47 PM
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Posted By: fkw

Similar to a 1913 Baseball Magazine premium, except the image of Matty is different. The caption is very similar design.

Might be a Fantasy Issue?

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Old 03-01-2008, 08:54 PM
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Posted By: Matt

Joe - I don't have the ebay number - the auction ended about a month ago if someone keeps the records. If I recall correctly, it ended at about $50.

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Posted By: Joe D.

I just tested it with a blacklight...

It checked out okay - - the paper looks to be vintage.

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Old 03-01-2008, 09:03 PM
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If you do a Google Search with "New England Gum Co." you will see it was on eBay with the price being $14.50 after 3 bids and 1 day 14 hours 5 min. left. The seller also listed it as 1930's.

I cant get the auction to come up, I think because it was too far back to be in the closed auctions.

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Frank - thanks for the tip - here it is (I was a bit off on the closing price):
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140198476438

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Posted By: Dan Bretta

Adam Warshaw has a New England Gum Company Boxing flip card of Jeffries and Johnson.

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