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1910 The National Game Signed by Spink

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $533

First edition of The National Game by Alfred Spink, signed by the author on the interior. Published by the National Game Publishing Co., St. Louis, 1910. Spink has inscribed the book on the front flyleaf in black fountain pen: "To W. G. Schofield/with the kindest/and best wishes of/the author/A. H. Spink/St. Louis, Sept. 29/1911." Of special note, W. G. Schofield was the secretary of the St. Louis National League Baseball Club. Both the text and signature are boldly scripted, grading "10." Sportswriter Alfred Spink is best known today as the founder of The Sporting News, which began publication in 1886. For much of the twentieth century, The Sporting News was the only national baseball newspaper and considered by many fans to be the "bible" with regard to our national pastime. If anyone were qualified to author a history of baseball in 1910, it was Alfred Spink. The 410-page hardcover book (6.5 x 9.25 inches) provides a detailed history, beginning with the 1833 Olympic Club of Philadelphia, through 1910. This is THE baseball book of the 1910 era, presenting a complete history of the game, with literally hundreds of photographs. This book is also considered by many to the finest and most substantial of all early historical baseball books. This book is scarce in its own right, with signed copies rarer still. The red cloth-covered boards display light wear, and there is moderate separation along the spine. The first four pages of the volume have detached from the spine (but are present). The pages remain clean and bright. In Good to Very Good condition overall. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $533


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