Classic October 2007
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While there would later be more elaborate "Who's Who" volumes from other publishers, Baseball Magazine's little pocket-sized chapbooks (4-3/4" x 6-1/4", on average) generally provided the average fan with the information he or she desired. Designed as a no frills listing of lifetime stats for every major league player, these tiny volumes contain no illustrations. We should add that they also don't contain page numbering either, making it nearly impossible to determine completeness. As a result, all we were really able to do is to check for logical alphabetic continuation at the centerspread (a known point of weakness for any saddle-stitched volume) and perform a cursory examination for page removal. Any discoveries are noted in the following condition breakdown. Includes: 1) 1912 Edition - marked as the first edition for 1912, and recognized as the first volume ever published; carries the rubber-stamped Baseball Magazine copyright notice at the bottom of the title page; most pages have pulled free from the covers as an intact group; may be missing an editor's page that is displayed as part of later volumes, but we don't believe it ever had one; lists Adams to Zimmerman; it is missing the spine tape that originally covered the stitching; numerous pencil notations inside and the original owner's name is penned at the top of the front cover; Fair condition. 2) 1916 Edition - marked as the 1st edition, indicating that the publisher chose to ignore the 1912 edition as part of the run—probably because this volume was separated from the false start of 1912 by four years; would be EX/MT, except for a small tape pull at both the left and right edges of the front cover that reduces its technical grade to VG; an action shot of an uncredited A's player on the front cover; lists Ainsmith to Wood. 3) 1917 Edition - marked as the 2nd edition in the run; heavy paper loss along the spine and the loss of its back cover all reduce this otherwise VG/EX example to no better than the Fair condition range; Nap Lajoie portrait on the front cover; lists Ainsmith to Wood.
The First Three Volumes of "Who's Who in Baseball" - 1912, 1916 and 1917 (3 Items)
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