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07-06-2007, 10:34 AM
Posted By: <b>Kevin Andrews</b><p>As a fall out from my card collecting, I started collecting prewar baseball record / guide / "dope" booklets. All of what I've collected to this point has come from eBay, but I've never been able to find an information source on what exists, or an "expert" that knows what might be out there. Several examples of what I have are shown below. Who might be the person to talk to in this area or is there a resource that might list the years and what was printed?<br /><br />1908 Newark Evening News - "Just Baseball" - I have 1908, 1911 and 1912. Any others printed?<br /><img src="http://www.network54.com/Realm/tmp/1183649319.JPG"> <br /><br />1909 Nestor Tobacco Baseball "Dope"<br /><img src="http://www.network54.com/Realm/tmp/1183649394.JPG"> <br /><br />1911 Facts for Fans - I have 1911 to 1914. Any others printed?<br /><img src="http://www.network54.com/Realm/tmp/1183649514.JPG"> <br /><br />1917 New York American - James J. Corbett's Baseball Guide<br /><img src="http://www.network54.com/Realm/tmp/1183649572.JPG">

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07-06-2007, 11:14 AM
Posted By: <b>Dan Bretta</b><p>That would be an interesting collection - It seems I see new ones popping up on ebay all the time that I've never seen before. I don't know of anyone who is an expert in this collecting niche. Perhaps you could be the first? There are so many areas of memorabilia unexplored that we could probably all write a book at some point in our lives.

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07-06-2007, 12:26 PM
Posted By: <b>Greg Theberge</b><p><img src="http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z192/HiNeighbor_2007/beer86.jpg"><br />From our RI brewery collection. Looks familiar. <br /><br />Do you have any others from RI?

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07-06-2007, 12:53 PM
Posted By: <b>Dan Bretta</b><p>There really would be almost an unending search for these types of booklets as you had newspapers, magazines, beer companies and others printing them.<br /><br />Here's one from the Lincoln Chiefs for the Western League<br /><img src="http://i22.photobucket.com/albums/b331/nudan92/Nebraska%20Baseball%20Memorabila/1953HandyBookSmall.jpg">

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07-06-2007, 01:23 PM
Posted By: <b>Kevin Andrews</b><p>Greg - Nothing from RI but I do have a couple more breweries (see below). What year is your copy from? Do you have other years?<br /><br />1912 Facts for Fans<br /><img src="http://www.network54.com/Realm/tmp/1183659761.JPG"> <br /><br />1914 Facts for Fans<br /><img src="http://www.network54.com/Realm/tmp/1183659794.JPG">

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07-06-2007, 01:59 PM
Posted By: <b>barrysloate</b><p>I'm not an expert but I have a copy of Anton Grobani's "Guide to Baseball Literature" which is indispensable if you are collecting books or pamphlets. However, the book can be a tad expensive.

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07-06-2007, 02:33 PM
Posted By: <b>Kevin Andrews</b><p>Barry - Can you tell me a little more about this book? Would it / does it list some of the booklets that are pictured in this thread?

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07-06-2007, 02:34 PM
Posted By: <b>Mike H</b><p>1919<br /><br /><img src="http://i139.photobucket.com/albums/q304/mjkm90/xy.jpg">

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07-06-2007, 02:41 PM
Posted By: <b>Kevin Andrews</b><p>Mike - That's a new one for me. I've got a Chicago Daily New Record Book from 1934. Did they produce one anually?

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07-06-2007, 03:12 PM
Posted By: <b>barrysloate</b><p>Grobani compiled a comprehensive bibliography of baseball books, pamphlets and guides in 1975. Every booklet on this thread is listed. Regarding your question about "Just Baseball", it was published every year from 1909-16. It is an invaluable reference but is hard to find and can set you back a couple of hundred dollars.

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07-06-2007, 03:32 PM
Posted By: <b>Joseph</b><p>It should also be noted that Martino Publishing reprinted the Grobani book at an $85 list price (still a lot of $) a few years ago. You might still be able to order from their web site. Also, though the book is good it is a very spartan effort, design-wise...

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07-06-2007, 03:42 PM
Posted By: <b>barrysloate</b><p>I didn't know it was reissued, that's great. Since the original has no book listed after 1975, an updating would be useful, but there are so many baseball books on the shelves these days that it would become a tough task.

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07-06-2007, 04:34 PM
Posted By: <b>Greg Theberge</b><p>Kevin, it's from 1911 as well. Interesting that most of these are from breweries.<br />Greg