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1884 to 1941 Baseball Guide Collection (61)

  • Sold For: $2,370
  • Year: 1900
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 994
  • Auction Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

This extremely substantial collection of sixty-one early baseball guides includes a number of very early rarities and is comprised of Spalding guides, Reach guides, and Who's Who in Baseball guides, plus a 1907 Lajoie guide. With the exception of three, all date between the years 1900 and 1941. Condition, as is usually the case when dealing with a library of many guides of this age, varies; eleven are missing the front and/or back covers, and nearly all display minor imperfections such as small tears to the covers and/or interior pages. Some covers have detached (but are present), while seven of the Reach guide covers have been repaired with clear tape. The Spalding guides for 1916, 1917, and 1919 have been professionally bound with red hardcover boards. Conditions for the Spalding and Reach guides, if graded like baseball cards, might range from poor to Vg-Ex (averaging only good) due to various minor faults as noted, but the integrity of these guides remains very much intact despite their modest technical grades, and this usually "comes with the territory" with early guides. A few duplicates are included. The number of issues for each year listed, if more than one, is noted in parentheses. Spalding's Official Baseball Guide (27): 1884, 1897, 1900, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1926, 1927, 1930, 1933, 1937, 1938, 1940, and 1941. Reach's Official Base Ball Guide (23): 1905, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1928, 1933, 1938 (2), and 1939. Who's Who in the Major Leagues Baseball (10): 1937, 1938, 1939 (2), 1940, 1941 (2), 1941 (2), and 1952. Napoleon Lajoie's Official Base Ball Guide : 1907. Total: 61 guides. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,370

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