Spalding Official Baseball Guides for 1895, 1897 and 1898 and 6 19th C. Reprints.
Lot 115. Spalding Official Baseball Guides for 1895, 1897 and 1898 and 6 19th C. Reprints. Horton Publishing reprinted guides for 1883 and 1885-87 in 1987-88. They are nm-m. Publishers of the 1876 and 1878 reprints are unidentified. The 1876 issue is ex-m, and the 1878, ex. The 1876 guide is a 52-page publication titled “Constitution and Playing Rules of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs.” The word “Guide” first appeared in the publication’s title in 1878. Early guides focus on baseball’s administrative matters. Statistics and illustrations became more important as the conclusion of the 19th century approached. The content of the original issues from 1895, 1897 and 1898 appears to be complete. A few introductory or advertising pages may be missing. All covers are missing except for the 1895 front cover, which is g+ with tape along the spine. Pages are generally vg or vg-ex. Current Bid $40.