Revel in sports history with this lot of (11) 1881-1951 multi-sport official guides/publications. Highlights are 1881 “Spalding’s Base Ball Guide” presents (VG-EX) with detached cover, inside of back cover is signed by B. Veeck (“6-7”) no authentication due to time/cost and 1911 ”America’s National Game” by A.G. Spalding 1st edition presents (VG) with partially detached cover. Also present: (2) NFL manuals: 1941 inaugural edition (VG-EX), 1944 (VG); 1951 NCAA basketball (GD-VG); (6) 1901-40 Spalding guides. More on our website.
The complete list of included items is as follows:
1881 “Spalding’s Base Ball Guide” first edition book, presents (VG-EX) with detached cover, the first and last two pages are attached to the cover, all other pages are connected to each other but detached from the cover. Both cover and pages are very appealing with age appropriate signs of wear. The date “1881” and three letters “JOD” (perhaps the original owner’s initials) on the spine appear to be painted on. The name of a previous owner is written in pencil at the top of the title page. The full title of the book is “Spalding’s Base Ball Guide and Official League Book For 1881” published by “A.G. Spalding & Bros., Chicago. The first page of the detached section features a handsome engraving of A. G. Spalding with a facsimile signature below. The inside of back cover is signed by B. Veeck (“6-7”) and his second wife signed as “Mary Frances” (“6-7”) no authentication due to time/cost.
1911 ”America’s National Game” by A.G. Spalding 1st edition book with cartoons by Homer G. Spalding, presents (VG) with partially detached cover, the front cover and the spine are separated from the pages, the back cover is firmly attached to the pages which are bound together by the interior section of the spine, the first blank flyleaf page and the title page are present however they are detached from the cover and the other pages. The cover, pages and numerous photo illustrations are all appealing.
(2) NFL manuals with 1941 inaugural edition (VG-EX) with Clark Hinkle (Green Bay Packers) photo cover. The cover and pages are very attractive with light signs of wear including minor soiling on the back cover. The spiral spine is very solid and 1944 (VG) with overall moderate wear, solid spiral spine and a light crease at lower right of the front cover.
1951 NCAA basketball (GD-VG) with Gil Melchiorre (Bradley University) cover art, shows general age appropriate wear with solid spine.
(6) Spalding official guides with (4) Football: 1901 (FR) with back cover absent, tape reinforcement on spine and 1x2 section of loss from top right of front cover. Cover graphics are attractive and pages with numerous photo illustrations are clean and clearly legible; 1925 (FR) with back cover absent, tape reinforcement on spine and 1x2 section detached from the lower right corner of the front cover, this section is present and is located inside at the title page; 1927 (GD) with a name written on front cover and several names on the first page and the title page, front and back covers are attached and spine is decent, graphics, text and photos are above average; 1936 (VG) very appealing with front and back covers attached and solid spine, easily the most attractive of the (4) included Spalding football guides; “Official Golf Guide for 1909”(FR-GD) with tape repaired spine, minor tape repairs to the interior of the back cover and general peripheral wear, cover graphics are appealing, text and photos are above average;1940-41 Basketball (VG) appealing with above average covers, solid spine and clean pages.