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1884 to 1941 Spalding Baseball Guide Collection (46)
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,740.00
Collection of forty-six Spalding's Official Baseball Guides spanning the years 1884 to 1941. These guides are filled with photographs and team composites, in addition to voluminous statistics and information about the previous season. Many consider these annuals to represent the best value in all of vintage baseball collecting. Guides issued before 1900 are particularly rare. This is an impressive collection, ideal for reference, including twelve guides dating from before 1900: 1884 (paper loss to spine, balance of covers complete and intact), 1885 (front cover Gd, back cover missing), 1886, 1888 (Gd, back cover missing), 1889 (Gd, back cover missing), 1892 (chips to front cover, back cover missing), 1893 (front cover Fr, back cover missing), 1895 (covers poor), 1896 (hardbound copy), 1897 (missing covers), 1898 (missing covers), 1899 (chips to front cover, back cover missing), 1901, 1902, 1903 (hardbound copy), 1904 (hardbound copy), 1906, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1921, 1922 (missing front cover), 1923 (missing front cover), 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928 (missing front cover), 1929, 1930 (hardbound copy), 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937 (hardbound copy), 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941. A few of the early guides are missing the back covers as noted, but this is overall a solid collection, most with just some general spine and cover wear, as is often the case with early guides. Condition ranges from Good to Vg-Ex. The collection is in Vg condition overall. Total 46 guides. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,740.00
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