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Old 04-18-2024, 06:30 PM
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Default T206 " The Monster " by Bill Heitman

I have been collecting T206 cards for a full year now.

I have been fortunate enough to meet some really cool (and helpful) dudes along the way (looking at you Cory Robinson). I've even met a guy who flew 1,400 miles with a binder full of Raw T206 to help me build my set (thank you Brendan Mullen) .... I am hooked. Currently 439/520 and I'm in the home stretch. I've knocked out all the SLers and Many of the tougher to find cards.

As I continue along this journey I keep finding other related items I'm interested in. Right now it's books.
I am going to buy T206 the Players and their Stories (Zappala) on Amazon.

Another one I'm looking for but I have not found is T206 "The Monster" by Bill Heitman. I have only seen the front and back cover, is this just a Checklist book?

Does anyone know where I can buy a copy?


Are there any other Must Have T206 books that I'm missing out on?


Also , anything Tom Downey related is on my list.
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Old 04-18-2024, 06:55 PM
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Use the search function for keyword "Heitman" -- there have been a few members selling copies on the BST for over the last several years, including a member who had a large group of them in 2017. No idea if these members still have them available.

It was a landmark publication in 1980, but 44 years later, folks have learned a lot. Great piece of history!

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This would be an excellent resource for you, Mr. Reader has taken T206 research to a higher level.

https://oldcardboard.com/t/t206/Insi...al-edition.pdf

While it's a bit dated nowadays, I still find myself turning back to Mr. Lipset's Encyclopedia of Baseball Cards volume 3.

There's more stuff out there...
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That is an amazing resource, and while I only just skimmed thru, it seems like a really good read.

I'm going to print this out, but do you know if it was ever published? I'd love a hard cover copy.
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Mr. Reader is on here occasionally.

I think his approach was to put this up on the internet and share his knowledge.

If he ever puts it in a book, I'd like to buy one and get him to sign it. And I too would prefer hardbound. I think it has not been printed.
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Hi Frank,

Thanks for the plug. It was a joy to write that e-book and receive so much positive feedback. There is no hard cover version. Take good care.

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Default The Monster Bill Heitman

I have this one. Bill signed it for me years ago. What are these going for now? I might let this go.

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I don't think they go for too much, but your signed one might be a bit more.

I met Bill once, at a National. He was going to give a speech at the Net54 dinner, but decided not to at the last minute. He seemed kind of quirky to me. Nice guy, but not your everyday Joe.

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I don't think they go for too much, but your signed one might be a bit more.

I met Bill once, at a National. He was going to give a speech at the Net54 dinner, but decided not to at the last minute. He seemed kind of quirky to me. Nice guy, but not your everyday Joe.
Leon,

I spent a wonderful afternoon with Bill. I guess that makes me quirky.

He was well aware of the Monster Number thread and threatened to sue me, in jest, for using the name monster, which I believe was first used in his little book.

He signed my copy of the "Monster" and had lots of tales about the "ancient" collectors (not old) that were interesting to say the least, as well as the story about how Farrah Fawcett got into his book. Thankfully you and I are only old, not ancient, and being a bit quirky is okay.
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You gotta tell us, what exactly does that inscription say between “We shocked the world” and “My best in collecting”??

It seems to be some word maybe starting with an ‘L’ followed by “if it was only a 9 OC”???
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The entire passage:

Kevin,

To quote an old friend, “We shocked the world, even if it was only a 9OC”. My best in collecting.

Bill Heitman
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I have been collecting T206 cards for a full year now.....As I continue along this journey I keep finding other related items I'm interested in. Right now it's books.
I am going to buy T206 the Players and their Stories (Zappala) on Amazon.
One book which I found quite enthralling was The Glory of Their Times.. The book covers interviews and stories of the deadball era, told by the players in their own words. An audio book as well as a hardback version exists, with slightly different coverage in either version. I believe the printed version has more info due to the nature of audio recording equipment in the 1960's. I've probably listened to the book 7 or 8 times. The story Rube Marquard told about how he got in to baseball was fascinating. And Davey Jones...and Fred Merkle's boner (as the play is known). Absolutely fascinating to hear them tell the stories.
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Default Another t206 "e-book"

The Mysteries of T206 - a nice quick read -

https://t206resource.com/Images/Publ...6Mysteries.pdf
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