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1902-1941 Individually Bound Runs of Spalding and Reach Baseball Guides (79)

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $3,258.75

During the early twentieth century, long before computers and the internet, the only reliable information regarding the past baseball season was in the form of an annual guide. The two most prominent and authoritative guides on the market during that time were Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide and The Reach Official American League Base Ball Guide (despite its formal title, the Reach guide covered both the American and National Leagues, as well as the minor leagues). Offered here are early runs of both guides, plus a run of Spalding's Official Base Ball Record, which was similar in nature to the company's standard guide, and two Spalding-Reach Official Base Ball Guides from the 1940s. Each of the guides has been individually bound in blue leather-covered boards, with the title and year stamped on both the cover and spine. Most of the guide covers are in Very Good condition overall, displaying wear commensurate with their age and fragile nature, including tears (a few with tape repair), minor creases, and edge wear. The interior pages for all of the volumes are generally clean and bright, and remain in Excellent condition overall. This is a tremendous historical archive, providing an enormous amount of information (some of which is found nowhere else), and representing an essential primary source for any baseball historian. Spalding's Official Base Ball Guide (22 total): Complete run from 1918 through 1939. All of the guides are complete as issued, with both front and rear covers, with the exception of 1928 (missing front cover) and 1934 (missing rear cover). Spalding's Official Base Ball Record (17 total): Complete run from 1908 through 1924. All of the guides are complete as issued. The Reach Official American League Base Ball Guide (38 total): Complete run from 1902 through 1939. All of the guides are complete as issued, with both front and rear covers, with the exception of 1924 (missing rear cover), 1925 (missing front and rear cover), and 1934 (missing rear cover). Spalding-Reach Official Base Ball Guide (2 total): 1940 and 1941, each complete as issued. Total: 79 bound guides. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $3,258.75


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