Lot 248. 15 “Spalding’s Official Base Ball Guides.” Some annual guides began publication earlier than Spalding, but none that originated in the 19th century ran longer or was more successful. The Spalding annuals had a run from 1876-1941. These 15 original guides and three reprints are from Bert Randolph Sugar’s estate and personal reference library. They come with a letter of authenticity, signed by Mrs. Sugar, saying they are from the Bert Sugar collection. The two earliest guides are from 1882 and 1883. Both have been re-bound in hardcovers. The 1882 edition has reproduction covers; the title page and several pages at the end are missing. The 1883 original covers have tape on them. This guide is complete, and the pages are ex, except for four at the front that have tape on them. Here is a list of the other guides: 1896 p, missing covers and pages; 1899 f-g, complete, decent pages, significant chips in the front and back covers, which are loose (back) or held on by tape (front); 1910 g, covers taped on; 1911 g, loose and taped covers; 1914 f, no back cover, last page loose; 1915 g-vg; 1916 vg; 1923 f; 1926 p, front cover and at least 18 pages missing; 1929 g+ to vg; 1935 p, Dizzy Dean cover; 1939 p+, front cover missing, otherwise complete; and 1940 g+, Spalding and Reach combined. Reproduction guides for 1884-86 are nm. Winning Bid $225.