This is unusual and I am glad MTH chose to remake this set. I used to have a refub flavor of this and I loved the color and style of the set. I gave it to one of my good friend's for her mantle (it looked almost too good to run).
I know the Cardinal was first offered in 1929. I am going to dig out some old TCA articles on it. This represents some new tooling from MTH and it looks like an amazing set. I liked the original Ives set. Does anyone have any pics of the original running?
If nothing else, it is a very nice change from the usual 408E's and 10E's.