While it's not an earth-shattering correction, I would like to update a small bit of information related to Woody Gelman's Stepfather Sam Rosen. Mr. Rosen founded what became the Card Collectors' Company in 1951 and which was, as detailed in The Modern Hobby Guide, built upon the primordial secondary market foundation developed by Topps to sell off excess and dated inventory. Initially this inventory was sold via Topps' Trading Card Guild and fulfilled by Rosen.
The Trading Card Guild had a tertiary purpose: it was the branding used to retail both the expensive cello packs and 500 count vending boxes and also was a vehicle that allowed collectors to order cards they were missing from their sets. The common element among these three methods of sale was the lack of gum or any other associated confectionery product.
In the book I stated that Mr. Rosen died in 1955. In fact he passed away, suddenly, on December 31, 1958, a fact confirmed by the No. 10 Price List of The Card Collectors' Company, which is dated March 20, 1959:
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Marty Krim, one of metro Boston's finest Non Sports dealers, has passed along a checklist for the Doeskin cards that were issued in small tissue packages around 1955. As detailed in the Modern Hobby Guide, Doeskin drew from two Topps issues: 1952's Wings and 1955's Rails & Sails. As also detailed in the book, no checklists had been confirmed and the set count was indeterminate but thought to be 100 from each contributing Topps issue.
Marty has set the record straight now and determined there are 160 total Doeskin cards. 80 came from Wings and another 80 from Rails & Sails (40 trains and 40 ships). The Wings subset runs from #1-80 and the Rails & Sails From #81-200 but 40 numbers are skipped in the latter. While it seems cruel to skip number such an issue, I doubt anyone was ever able to complete a set of these in the 1950's. I don't think there are that many sets around even today as these are seldom seen. The word from Mr. Krim is that it's hard to find cards even in EX, no surprise given the method of distribution.
Marty has a huge stock of the Doeskin cards (hence his wonderful checklist) and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org if anyone out there is interested in purchasing same. Marty also has a huge selection of other Non Sports cards as well and is one of the good guys in the hobby so feel free to pepper him with orders!
This also means the Doeskin "side checklists" for Wings and Rails & Sails in the Modern Hobby Guide are incorrect as each has 20 too many possible cards shown. In addition, The ACC # for Doeskin Wings is F381 and for Doeskin Rails & Sails it's F378. I treat them as a single issue below but that is not definite.
Here is the Doeskin checklist: