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Important Early Baseball Book Collection (8)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,320.00

Collection of eight significant early baseball books: 1) Hardcover first edition of A Ball Players Career by Cap Anson (1900, Era Publishing Co., Chicago). Some light edge wear, some very light staining on the covers, and the first interior page has a section missing at top, otherwise in Excellent condition.2) The Book Of Baseball , The National Game From The Earliest Days To The Present Season, edited by William Patten and J. Walker McSpadden. Published in 1911 by the P. F. Collier & Son of New York, this book is often refered to as the "Colliers Book." The large format (11 x 15.5 inches) hardcover book is profusely illustrated, featuring many of the game's early stars and important figures. Some slight separation of the covers from the spine, general wear including a few minor abrasions and light staining to the covers, which with this volume are particularly susceptible to wear. Very Good condition. 3) First edition of The National Game by Alfred H. Spink. Published in 1910 by the National Game Publishing Co. of St. Louis. This is the key baseball book of the 1910 era, presenting a complete history of the game, with literally hundreds of photographs. This hardcover book is considered by many to be the finest and most substantial of all early historical baseball books. The guilding on the cover, which is so prone to wear, is 98% complete. Light cover wear, otherwise in Excellent condition. 4) 1914 Richter's History and Records of Base Ball, published in 1914 by Frances C. Richter, founder and editor of The Sporting Life. "The Richter Book," as it is most commonly referred to by advanced collectors, is one of the few key historical baseball volumes that is widely regarded as essential for any great baseball library. Richter's book chronicles the rich history of the game, from its origins to the time of its publication in its 306 pages, both in words and with dozens of pages of photographs. The Richter book is often found with serious condition problems. The uneven, somewhat less than ideal paper quality makes it particularly prone to damage. There is general wear on the covers and some light staining on the spine. Very Good condition. 5) Old Boston Boys and The Games They Played by James D'Wolf Lovett. Published in 1906 by the Riverside Press. There is general wear including some abrasions to the covers. Extremely rare early hardcover devoted to the rich history of baseball in Boston. Very Good to Excellent condition. 6) Commy is the autobiography of Charles Comiskey published by The Reilly & Lee Co. in 1919. The book is in Near Mint condition and is accompanied by its rare, original dust jacket (Gd). 7) 1933 Who's Who In Major League Baseball by Harold (Speed) Johnson. Classic hardcover published in 1933 by the Buxton Publishing Co. of Chicago. This first edition, one of the most substantial of all baseball publications, features formal portrait photos and short biographies of each Major League player. There is general wear to the covers and some fading to the red color on the spine. Excellent condition. 8) The American Boy's of Sports and Games. Published in 1864 by Dick & Fitzgerald. Ornate cover with gold lettering. Excellent condition. Collection of eight classic baseball books including several important rarities, which together represent a fine start to a serious baseball library. Total 8 books. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,320.00


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