Q & A – Please help with these hockey cards?

Question: I recently found some old hockey scrapbooks that have vintage cards in them. Bobby Hull’s rookie card, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard, etc. Problem is that some are glued on the paper from these books. Some are loose but have glue on the back. Any ideas on how to get the glue off the back and still be able to read the stats??

Answer: I would not try to remove those cards from the scrapbook if they are glued to the paper.  Attempting to remove the cards from the scrapbook could damage them even further.  That goes for the loose cards as well with glue on the back.  Even if you do try to remove the glue from the cards, many grading companies consider that altering.  What I would do is keep them in the scrapbook with the glue on the back.  If you are interested in reading the backs of the cards, you could try and find another card like it up for sale and read it that way.  Trying to remove cards from an old scrapbook is very dangerous.  For example, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library both own an original T206 Honus Wagner baseball card.  One of them is still mounted on a scrapbook page because they are too afraid of damaging it.  If an institution like that, with all their resources, won’t remove a card from a scrapbook page, I wouldn’t try in on my own.

Q & A – Please help with these tobacco cards in a scrapbook

Question: While searching the internet for information on old baseball cards I found your site. I am hoping you can help me. I recently was given a scrapbook of my grandmothers and she had several old judge and mayo cut plug cards.Is there somewhere to find out average prices for these cards? I also have tobacco cards of women-I think they are actresses maybe? If I find prices where is the best place to sell them. Thank you in advance for any information.

Answer: Wow!  Thats sounds like a great little collection you have there.  Old Judge and Mayo Cut Plug cards are highly collectible within the baseball card industry.  The Old Judge cards are some of the first baseball cards ever made back in the 1880’s.  Can you read any of the names on the cards?  The all would be highly collectible but some Hall of Famers would be worth even more.  The same goes for the Mayo Cut Plug cards.  Please do not try to remove the cards from the scrapbook if they are glued in.  That would just damage them more.  The best place for finding prices would be eBay if you know who any of the players are.  I’m not too sure about the actress cards.  I would need to see a picture or more information about them.  Are the actress cards in color or black and white?  Hope to hear back from you soon.  Thanks.