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A very good description of how baseball card business used to run and some pictures of cards and reminiscences of the players pictured. A very good and interesting read

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    IntroductionbyBrendanC. Boydcopyright@1991byBrendanC. Boyd

    IntroductionbyFredC. Harriscopyright@19!)1byFrederickC. Harris

    Copyright@1973byBrendanC. BoydandFrederickC. Harris .,

    Allrightsreserved

    For informationaboutpermissiontoreproduceselectionsfromthisbook,writeto

    Permissions,Ticknor & Fields,HoughtonMifflin Company,2ParkStreet,Boston,Massachusetts02108

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    " ~ Boyd,BrendanC.The greatAmericanbaseballcardflipping,tradingandbubblegum

    book / BrendanC. BoydandFredC. Harris.p. em.Reprint,withnewintrod.Originallypublished:Boston: Little,Brown, 1973.ISBN 0-395-58668-2

    1.Baseballcards- Collectorsandcollecting- UnitedStates.I. Harris,FredC. II. Title.GV875.3.B691991796'.49796357'0973- dc20

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    The authorsaregratefultoToppsBaseballCardsforpermissionto reprintthepicturesin thisbook.

    CopyrightTopps ChewingGum,Incorporated,Brooklyn,N.Y.

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    I don'tknowhowyouhappentofeelaboutthis,butI liketoreadabookthroughentirely.Stemtostern.Coverto cover.Fromthefirst faintdigitsof thecopyrighttothefinalfloridlinesofthejacketcopy.Slowly.Carefully.Lovingly.Forewordsand Ac-knowledgments.FootnotesandIndexes.Noneofthisreadingdynamicsbusinessforme.AmI nowaloneinthiscuriouscustom?

    I mean,aretherestillanyofthosepatientsoulsleftoutthereinthewildernesswhodelightinreadingoftheauthor'sundyingdevotiontohisdearoldmum,hisdeepgratitudetothecaretakersattheAshmoleumMuseum,hiscloyinghosannastothekeepersoftheGuggenheimflame?TosaynothingofthosecrypticallyByzantinededicationstocrypticallyByzantinepals-"To Lollie andSam,who dancedwith theTigerwithouttrippingonthestripes.""ToRoccoandNip,compulsivedisentanglersof life's irrepressibleembroglio.""ToMoishe- wholaughed."I meanwhothehellreadsthisstuffanyway?Orunderstandsit?Orevencares.Justme?(Andyou?)

    .~ Well,havingsaidallthisI mustnowproceed,alas,tomyownlistofthank-younotes,kudos,bouquets.BecauseI'mafraidit isonlytootrue,afterallissaidanddone,thatnobook,nomatterhowartless,couldhopetoexistwithoutawholepasselofhelpfromitsfriends;andthatthisbook,unworthyasit is,wouldhavebeenevenmoreunworthy,mightinfactnotevenhavedrawnfirstbreath(whichmightnothavebeensuchabadidea,cometothinkofit)haditnotbeenforthekindandgracioushelpandencouragementofanynumberof kindandgraciouspersons.

    Therefore:ThankyouRichardP.McDonough,boymanque

    andeditorextraordinaire,forusheringthistrouble-somechildintothesunlightsotirelessly,sowinningly,andsowell.ThankyouSyBerger- BaseballKing,

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    Woody Gelman-Prime Minister of Nostalgia,NormanLiss-PressAgenttotheWorld,foryourtimeandyourpatience.ThankyouAbnerDoubledayforhaving inventedbaseball.Thank you DwightEisenhowerforhavinginventedthefifties.AndthankyouRichardNixonforhavingbroughtitallbackhome.ThankyouJosephandPatriciaBoydforeverything.Andmore.ThankyouThomasandMargaretBoydforyourcriticalassistance.ThankyouElizabethBoydandFrankHorriganforanecdotes,wit,andwisdom.ThankyouElliottCaplinforprofessionalandfamilialassis-tance.ThankyouJamesBishop,GeorgeandRosalieHickman,TomReed,AlanPinkham,GlenLewis,GarMiller,JohnMcLaughlin,andDonaldGeorgeCaplinforyourinvaluableresearches.ThankyouPattiandSatchellPaige,arealfuncoupleifthereeverwasone,forbeingsuchgreatsports.ThankyouCurtGowdyandChrisSchenkelforgivingustheinspirationtogoon.Thankyouprofessionalbaseballplayerseverywhere-from Tommy Aaron to GeorgeZuverink- forcountlesshoursofenjoyment,relaxation,andeven,occasionally,inspiration.And thankyouHowardCosell- justforbeingyou.

    Andnowfora fewcautionarynotes,orwhatDr.Johnsonmightcallanexhortatoryaside.

    GentleReader-This bookwas conceivedin love,nurturedin

    kindness,andbroughtforthintotheworldwithagoodhealthyeyetothemainchance.It wasinspiredbyaplethoraofmotivesandemotionstoosubtlycerebralandentangledtotryandsortouthere- nottheleastamongthembeingvanity,ambition,andgreed.Butitwasalsowrittenwithacertaindisrespectfulrever-enceandahealthylongingforamoreinnocentandlesstroubledera.Uyouwouldenjoyit,aswehopeyouwill,weurgeonyouthefollowingprescription:

    1)Donot,whateverelseyoumightdo,takeanyofiii

  • it tooseriously.It'sonlylifeafterall.Althoughsomepeopleprefertothinkofitasagame.

    2)Pleasedonotwriteuslong,boringlettersex-plainingthatHerbiePlewsbatted.216in1954andnot.214aswehavestated,orthatDonFerraresespellshisnamewithtwor'sandones.Frankly,wedon'tcare.

    3)Pleasedonotwriteusequallylongletters(es-peciallythreateningones)complainingabouthowwehavemalignedyour favoriteballplayer,belittledbaseball,befouledtheveryairyoubreathe.Weknowonlytoowellthatwecouldnothaveplayedbaseballhalfaswellaseventhemostineptplayersmentionedherein.Weknowthatmuchbetterthanyou,in fact.Wetried.

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    4)Pleasewearyourbattinghelmetin theTimeCapsuleatalltimes.

    5)Feelfreetopurchaseasmanycopiesofthisbookasyoulike.Itmakesawonderfulgift- handsomeandquietlyimpressive.Itwillbegreatlyappreciatedbythemostdiscerningandknowledgeableindividualsandis suitableforanyandallfestiveoccasions- wed-dings,wakes,barmitzvahs.In additionit is handwashable,comesinapleasingarrayofgaydecoratorcolors,andmakesapleasantandlonglastingfireincaseoffuelshortage.

    6)Enjoyyourself.Youdeserveit.

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    Introduction ,by Brendan C. Boyd

    "It'shardtobelievethere'snobookaboutbaseballcards,"I saidtoFredHarrisonesummerafternoontwentyyearsago.

    WewereworkinginaBostonbookstore,FredandI, andhadjusttoldacustomerthattherewassuchabook,onlytodiscoverthattherewasn't.

    "Weshouldwriteone,"Fredsaid,soundingpur-poseful.

    "Youknow,wereallyshould."I'vesincelearnedthatthephrase"wereallyshould"

    is acodedprefixforsomethingyou'reneverreallygoingtodo."WereallyshouldtakethattriptoNepaL"

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    "Wereallyshouldcleanoutthegarage."ButinthosedaysI actuallydid someof thethingsI thoughtI"shoulddo."

    Soafteraday'swrestlingwitheveryprocrastinator'smantra- "If this is sucha hot idea,how comenobody'severdoneit?"- wesentourideatoDickMcDonough,an editoratLittle,Brown.Dick en-couragedustosubmitaproposal.

    "Awhat?"A bookproposalis like the blueprintsfor an

    unbuildablehouse.Evenifyoudon'tfeeldesperatewhileyou'rewritingit,youfeellikeyoushouldfeel/'

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    desperatewhenyou'redone.Wewroteit.Dicklikedit,butTHEYhadreservations.THEYal-

    wayshavereservations.UsuallyTHEIRreservationsconsistof:1)it'sbeendone,2)it'sneverbeendone,3)it'stooexpensive.ButTHEIRreservationsthistimewerethatFredandI werenobodies.Wepointedoutthatthiswasourprincipalcharm.THEYcounteredbyofferingtobuytheideafromus(cheap)andfarmitouttotwoSportsIllustratedstaffers,tworealpros.Wesaidwe'dthinkaboutit.

    Forthenextyearwesubmittedourproposalev-erywhere,untilaneditoratMcGraw-Hillturneditdownas"tooflip."(Getit?Baseballcards?Flip?)Weweren'tjustgettingrejectionsnow,weweregettingcuterejections.Wewerebeginningtoseewhytherewasnobookaboutbaseballcards.

    ThenRogerKahnintervened(inadvertently,I'msure).HewroteTheBoysofSUmmer.It quicklybe-cameabestseller.WeresubmittedourproposaltoLittle,Brown,detailingtheresemblancesbetweenKahn'sbookandours."Baseballnostalgiaisclearlythenextbigthing,"welobbiedshamelessly.

    Twoweekslaterwehadourcontractanda$2,500advance.We'dhavedoneit fornothing.ButluckilyTHEYdidn'tknowthat.

    Thenwewroteit.That'sthefunpart.Andtheago-nizingpart.Whichisoftenthesamething.Fredtook

    "theNationalLeague(he'sfromPhiladelphia).I tooktheAmericanLeague(I'mfromBoston).IwroteaboutToppsandbeingakid.Fredwroteaboutcollectingandbeingakid.I wentbacktomyboyhoodclosetandfoundmybaseballcards(mymotherhadn'tthrownthemout)andspreadthemoutonthekitchentable,andthereactionsandthememoriesjustcamepouringout.I couldn'thavestoppedthemif I'dwantedto.

    Wereceivedplentyofadviceabouttheactualwritingbeforewebegan.Naturallyweignoredit.Wealwaysknewwhatwewantedthebooktobe,andnottobe.Wedidn'twantit tobeaboutbaseballcards,forex-ample,orevenbaseball.Wewantedit tobeaboutbeingakid,andafan-a kiddishfan,thewaysomepartofyoualwaysremains.Wedidn'twanttofawn,

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    either.Wt'd expressour respectfor baseballby kid-dingit.And that,for betterorworse,is whatwedid.

    Oneofthehoarierpublishingconventionsisthatce-lebrityblurbssellbooks.Weboughtrightintoit.

    SomeoneweknewknewDickSchaap.Wesenthimacopyof thegalleys.Hewrotebacksaying,"Goodbook."Wewrotebackaskingifhe couldseehiswaycleartopunchingitupalittle.Hedeclined.

    SomeoneweknewknewJoeGaragiola.Wesenthimacopy.Hewrotebackcomplainingaboutourrefer-encetohisinnocentlysigningtwocardcontractsasarookie.Carbontohislawyer.GoodoldfolksyJoe.

    SomeoneweknewknewJimBouton.Wesenthimacopy.Whatrightdidwehavetocallhimabigmouth?heasked.Whatif hiskidsreadthat?Whatif yourteammates'kidsreadwhatyouwroteabouttheirfa-thersinBallFour?That'sdifferent,yourbook'sforkids.Noit isn't.Yesitis.Blah,blah,blah.

    Wedecidedtoproceedblurbless.An evenhoarierpublishingconventionisthatce-

    lebrityforewordssellbooks.Wedidn'tbuyintothatone,wejustwentalong.

    SomeoneweknewknewMonteIrvin,whowasthenworkingin thebaseballcommissioner'soffice.ThissomeonesaidMontemightbewillingtowriteashortintroduction.I called.Montesuggestedputtingit inwriting.I wrotein longhand,tosignalmysincerity,offeringhima$50honorarium.I didn'tknowhowmuchtooffer,itwasonlytwoparagraphs,andI'dhavedoneitmyselffor$10.

    Montewrotebacksayingheconsideredbothmyfailuretouseatypewriterandmy$50offer"insulting."

    Wedecidedtoproceedforewordless.

    Thenthebookwaspublishe