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Old 04-14-2007, 11:06 AM
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Posted By: barrysloate

When I'm not posting on the board about Don Imus, I am absolutely amazed at how much we all know about vintage baseball cards. There doesn't appear to be a single set that we don't have at least one or more board members who have collected it for years and know it inside out.

Wouldn't it be a great project to produce our own vintage card encyclopedia? Each person who feels he knows a particular set well could write a detailed article on the subject. Ted, Brian, Scot and others could tackle T206 ( Scot already has); Robert Adesso could expand on D304; Scott Mosley on Baseball All-Stars, and on and on (please forgive the many I left out).

The sum total of the knowledge on this board is simply unprecedented. It could surpass anything ever written on the subject.

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Old 04-14-2007, 11:10 AM
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Posted By: Dave

I agree Barry.....the knowledge and collecting experience of the board memebers here may never be equalled. I've learned more in the last few months about vintage material from board members than I have in several years of trying to research on my own

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Old 04-14-2007, 11:12 AM
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Posted By: Steve M.

to be a "card" I'm willing to tackle:

1906 Sporting Life W601
1906 Ullman

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Posted By: barrysloate

Steve- anything you feel you know well would be a valuable part of a book. I know pre-league material well, such as CdV's and Peck & Snyders, so that would be my contribution.

I admit this may never get past a theoretical stage, but we all collectively sure know a great deal.

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Old 04-14-2007, 11:39 AM
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Posted By: Jason L

Perhaps there is a spot on this site that could act as a repository for set knowledge...meaning a page (or book chapter, if you will) could be built for people to add their thoughts on a particular set...then after some end point, it just needs to be edited and compiled...that would be a truly amazing accummulated knowledge base...all in one spot...

just a thought...not sure that the site has proper functionality, but the "drop in and add what you know" approach could be powerful.

neat idea, Barry...I have no doubt you are correct.

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Posted By: George Gogol

Wikipedia for cards, sounds like a great idea that we could all benefit from.

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Posted By: Rob Fouch

My knowledge is lame compared with the rest of you, but I'd volunteer my editing services if it ever comes to that.
That's what I do for a living -- copy editor.

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Posted By: Trae R.

George G. nailed it. This is a GREAT idea. I have something to offer... I will email you, Barry.

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Posted By: Jerry

Barry

Thats the best Idea for a Book I've heard since Kramer's Coffee Table Book about Coffee Tables that was a Coffee Table.

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Posted By: Frank Wakefield

This is an excellent idea, a wonderful post.


"We" need someone to accumulate the information and assemble the information on the various card issues in a consistent format, then figure out how to publish that in a book. Maybe call it The Collaborative Encyclopedia of Vintage Baseball Cards, or something like that.

Someone puts together a list of all of the issues (I use that word instead of "set", since there's lack of agreement as to what's in which set). Then folks can volunteer to offer information for various issues. The work in progress is circulated among those folks, revised, and returned to the coordinator. We all kick in some money and get the thing published.

What we need is that coordinator, a master editor... probably needs to be someone in New York, the epicenter of all (good, bad, and mediocre), needs to be a somewhat recognizable name, maybe someone who has some sort of reputable card activity, maybe an auction fellow, wouldn't hurt any if he was well educated, someone who doesn't see red lines when he posts here, if only he'd taught college... an easily pronouncable, memorable name, 2 syllable first name, a strong one syllable last name, initials BS, would be clever.

Who could we get?

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