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1910 The National Game Signed By Spink
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,725.00
Signed first edition of The National Game by Alfred H. Spink (copyright 1910, published by National Game Publishing Co, 410 pages). This is THE baseball book of the 1910 era, presenting a complete history of the game, with literally hundreds of photographs. This book is considered by many to the finest and most substantial of all early historical baseball books. This book is unparalleled in quality, and a prize for any baseball library or collection. This particular volume was given as a personal gift by A.H.Spink to Wilbur Spink (who we believe was Spink's nephew). The front flyleaf has W.H. Spink's bookplate. The author beautifully inscribes the second flyleaf page as follows: "Monroe Center, Ills, Nov 2, 1919. To Wilbur Spink - Love your father and mother, Never be mean, never be cruel, never be selfish in anything. Then when you come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. A.H. Spink" ("8/9"). The gold guilding on the cover, which is so prone to wear, is complete. The binding is tight, with absolutely no splitting or separating along the spine, which is so common with this heavy volume. The book is beautifully presented in a custom-made folding solander case. This is an exceptional signed example of this important early baseball book, with a very elaborate and personal inscription from Spink (1854-1928), who in 1886 founded The Sporting News, and in the early part of the twentieth century was universally recognized as the dean of American sportwriters. In Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,725.00
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