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OTHER REFERENCES

The primary reason that I created this site is simply to provide a comprehensive illustrated reference to the trade cards issued by the Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Co. Unlike stamp or coin collectors, who have access to an almost unlimited supply of detailed reference books, those of us trying to collect the Arbuckle cards have only had a small number of woefully inadequate trade card "catalogs" to rely on. Most of those spread themselves so thin as to be virtually useless for someone focusing on a particular specialty, such as the Arbuckle cards. As I've attempted to complete a given series, I've rarely known what a particular card looked like until I stumbled across one in a dealer's pile somewhere. Often, I haven't even known what specific subjects appeared on which numbered cards until I actually had them in my hands. I suspect that many of you have had the same sort of experience.

However, I would like to include here a listing of some of the other published material that is, or was, available which includes at least some reference value to Arbuckle collectors. At present, this list only includes items that I currently own but, as with the cards themselves, I invite those of you with access to other publications to send me images and descriptions that can be added to the list.

(NOTE: Sources listed are not intended to be exhaustive and are only as current as my latest update to this page. Please use them only as a starting point if you're looking to purchase any of these books. I'm NOT selling these publications; just trying to provide a guide for those who might be interested in them.)

Title: ARBUCKLES The Coffee That Won The West
Author: Francis L. Fugate, 1994 by Texas Western Press
Details: Hardcover; 12"x9"; 233 pages; original list $50.00
Description: An all-around wonderful history of John Arbuckle and the Arbuckle Brothers Coffee Company. It includes one chapter (about 20 pages) describing the trade cards, about 50 of which are included in the Color Illustrations section of the book.
Sources: Texas Western Press (full list price)
Barnes & Noble (may have used copies)
amazon.com (second-hand copies - sometimes discounted)
AddALL (second-hand copies - sometimes discounted)
Advanced Book Exchange (second-hand copies - sometimes discounted)
FetchBook.Info (second-hand copies - sometimes discounted)
Biblio.com (second-hand copies - sometimes discounted)
Horse Feathers (might be available - discounted)
Second-hand copies also occasionally available on eBay at varying prices.
Title: VICTORIAN Trade Cards
Author: Dave Cheadle, 1996 by Dave Cheadle
Details: Softcover; 11"x8"; 224 pages; original list $19.95
Description: A broad-based, illustrated historical reference to Victorian trade cards. Very colorful, with a sampling of cards from many topical categories, but not terribly useful for an Arbuckle specialist. (Fewer than 10 Arbuckle cards are illustrated and a scattering of others are listed in the "value" guides in various topics.)
Sources: Barnes & Noble (may have used copies)
amazon.com (may have used copies available - premium price)
AddALL (second-hand copies usually available)
Advanced Book Exchange (second-hand copies usually available)
FetchBook.Info (second-hand copies usually available)
Biblio.com (second-hand copies usually available)
Second-hand copies also occasionally available on eBay at varying prices.
Title: Collectors Guide To Advertising Cards
Author: Jim & Cathy McQuary, 1975 by L-W Promotions
Details: Softcover; 8"x5"; 122 pages; original list $5.95
Description: Another broad-based, illustrated (B&W only) reference to various categories of trade cards. More than 50 Arbuckle cards are spread over three pages, with about 1/3 of them being from the Satire series. The images are, unfortunately, very small. (And the price ranges given are quite amusing, from today's perspective!)
Sources: FetchBook.Info (second-hand copies sometimes available)
Biblio.com (second-hand copies sometimes available)
Also appears from time to time on eBay. I've seen prices ranging from $7.99 to $22.06.
Title: The American Card Catalog
Author: J.R. Burdick, 1967 by Nostalgia Press, Inc.; Reprinted 1988; originally published 1960
Details: Softcover; 8"x5"; 220 pages; original list unknown
Description: This book contains the most comprehensive listing of trade cards you're ever likely to run across. However, following a short description of each category, most of the cards and series' are limited to a one-line listing in a rather hodge-podge fashion. The Arbuckle cards (and the 3 albums) are covered in 18 lines on one page (with no illustrations). There's a numbering scheme at the series/album level (K1-K17) that you'll sometimes see referenced in sales listings, but it seems to be rather random and incomplete, with no chronological basis.
Sources: Inconsistently available in used book stores (anywhere from $12.00 to $225.00, depending on the edition). Try searching with:
AddALL
Advanced Book Exchange
Biblio.com
Title: "Mr. Arbuckle's Coffee"
Author: Maurice Kildare, 1965 by Western Publications, Inc.
Details: True West Magazine - June, 1965; 11"x8"; Article - 4 pages, Entire - 72 pages; cover price - 35
Description: Although this article makes no reference to the trade cards, it does provide an interesting look at the role played by Arbuckles' Coffee in the lives of Navajo Indians and the trading posts of the old west. A "must have" for the general Arbuckle collector.
Sources: Occasionally appears on eBay or in the inventories of periodical dealers. Shouldn't be more than a few dollars or so.
Title: "Collecting...Arbuckle Coffee Trade Cards"
Author: Leland May
Details: The Antique Trader Weekly Newspaper - November 3, 1993; 14"x11"; Article - 1 pages, Entire - 108 pages; cover price - $1.95
Description: A very brief article listing the various common sets, dates, and printers, and a few paragraphs about the company. Includes B&W photos of 6 cards.
Sources: Occasionally appears on eBay or in the dusty back rooms of general antique dealers. Should be just a dollar or two.
Title: "ARBUCKLES' -- the coffee that won the West"
Author: Francis L. Fugate, 1983 by American West Publishing Company
Details: American West Magazine - January, 1984; 10"x8"; Article - 8 pages, Entire - 88 pages; cover price - $3
Description: This article was a predecessor to Fugate's book of the same name, published 10 years later (see above). I believe everything in this article eventually found its way into the book, including the illustrations.
Sources: Occasionally appears on eBay or in the inventories of periodical dealers. Shouldn't be more than a few dollars or so.
Title: "ARBUCKLE COFFEE TRADE CARDS"
Author: Roy Nuhn, 1980 by Babka Publishing Company
Details: The Antiques Journal Magazine - JUNE, 1980; 10"x8"; Article - 4 pages, Entire - 68 pages; cover price - $1.25
Description: A very brief article listing the various common sets, dates, and printers, and a few paragraphs about the company. Includes B&W photos of 10 cards.
Sources: Occasionally appears on eBay or in the inventories of periodical dealers. Shouldn't be more than a few dollars or so.
Title: "Century-Old Arbuckle Trade Cards Once Given Away"
Author: Marilyn Nuhn
Details: HOBBIES The Magazine for Collectors - September, 1984; 11"x8"; Article - 4 pages, Entire - 108 pages; cover price - $2.00
Description: Pretty much just a re-working of Roy Nuhn's 1980 Antiques Journal article, described above. Includes B&W photos of 9 cards.
Sources: Occasionally appears on eBay or in the dusty back rooms of general antique dealers. Shouldn't be more than a few dollars or so.
Title: "Victorian Age in Miniature - Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Company Trade Cards"
Author: Roy Nuhn, 1997 by Antique Trader Publications
Details: Antique Trader's Collector Magazine & Price Guide - JUNE, 1997; 10"x7"; Article - 4 pages, Entire - 112 pages; no cover price
Description: This is an updated version of Nuhn's 1980 Antiques Journal article, mentioned above, with an attempt to assign some general prices. Includes color photos of 11 individual cards plus one montage.
Sources: Best bet is probably eBay or the dusty back rooms of general antique dealers. Shouldn't be more than a few dollars or so.
Title: "Traveling For Arbuckle"
Author: Jerry M. Eckhart, 1978 by Western Publications, Inc.
Details: Frontier Times Magazine - January, 1979; 11"x8"; Article - 4+ pages, Entire - 64 pages; cover price - $1.00
Description: Although this article makes no reference to the trade cards, it does provide a brief history of the company before detailing some of the interesting experiences of an Arbuckle salesman (the author's grandfather) in Oklahoma, circa 1915-16.
Sources: Occasionally appears on eBay or in the dusty back rooms of general antique dealers. Shouldn't be more than a few dollars or so.
Title: "Arbuckles' Branded The West"
Author: Matt Dodge, 1978 by Charlton Publications, Inc.
Details: Real West Magazine - May, 1978; 10"x8"; Article - 5 pages, Entire - 68 pages; cover price - 75
Description: Very interesting article about Arbuckles' coffee and the multiple roles it played in the "Old West". Only a half-dozen paragraphs are devoted to the trade cards, however, and the author seems to have believed that only 1 set of 50 existed, although he cites examples from both the State Maps and U.S. Pictorial History series. Includes B&W photo of 1 card.
Sources: Occasionally appears on eBay or in the dusty back rooms of general antique dealers. Shouldn't be more than a few dollars or so.
Title: "ARBUCKLES' The Coffee That Won The West"
Author: Unattributed
Details: The Westerner Magazine - August, 1989; 11"x8"; Article - 1 page, Entire - 36 pages; no cover price
Description: Extremely brief synopsis (7 paragraphs) of the history of the Arbuckle Bros. Coffee Co. One sentence mentions the trade cards.
Sources: Best bet is probably eBay or the dusty back rooms of general antique dealers. Shouldn't be more than a few dollars or so.