- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books (April 8, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395586682
- ISBN-13: 978-0395586686
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book Paperback – April 8, 1991
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Believe it or not, I can similarly remember my first experiences reading this book, as though they were yesterday. I was in grad school in California, and a friend was visiting me with this book in tow. As he spread out a sleeping bag and nodded off to sleep, I curled up with his magnificent book. I can still picture that entire scene, my old apartment as it was then, and even one particular page on which I lingered in fascination (the Joe Fornieles profile.) The feeling of reading it was that electric, that hyper-engaging.
A book has got to be good if reading it is remembered as a formative experience.
Let me try another way to explain how much I loved this book. When I couldn't find this book anywhere (it being out of print), I directed a nationwide book search to try to find it for me. They did, a flawless hardback edition that I still treasure, and still maintain in carefully guarded, pristine condition. Mind you, I was a starving grad student when I did this, and could hardly afford such luxuries.
As you can see from the other reviews below, this book takes that type of hold on those who love it.
There are three major sections in this book; one covering the sensory atmosphere of a 1950s suburban childhood, one on the baseball card industry as it existed in 1973, and one a series of profiles of players as depicted on samples from the authors' baseball card collection.Read more ›
"The Great American Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Card Book" has three principal sections. The first, "Where Have You Gone VINCE DiMaggio" is a warm and very witty recollection of the co-author's childhoods in the 1950s and the central role that baseball cards played in them. Part two, "This Kid Is Going To Make It," is a look at how the baseball card business operated circa 1973, the date of the book's original publication.
As entertaining as these openers are, the best (and largest) part of the book is the one simply called "Profiles." Reproduced in full color are hundreds of cards from the early 1950s to the late 1960s, accompanied by the author's observations about the players immortalized on them. You'll find greats on these pages, like Richie Ashburn, Stan Musial and Ted Williams...but the real joy is the rediscovery of the men on the fringes of the game's glory...."immortals" like Chris Cannizzaro, Frank Leja, Foster Castleman, Clyde Kluttz and Coot Veal. It's tempting to quote from the book at length, but that would spoil the fun. Just to give you a sense of the flavor though, I opened at random to the page featuring Hector Lopez, poor-fielding third baseman for the Yankees and Kansas City A's. After judging Lopez not to be just a bad fielding third baseman for a baseball player, but for a human being, they declare, he did not "simply field a ground ball, he attacked it. Like a farmer trying to kill a snake with a stick.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not a baseball card price book....
Too many water stains......but 4 bucks, I can't complain too much....
Was listed at 93% positive condition and was far from it. The cover was almost completely ripped and missing a big piece of it all togetherPublished 13 months ago by Christopher Averill
Most enjoyable look back at what we did as kids! Authors' commentaries on some of the players are gems of humor!Published 13 months ago by voracious reader
This will bring back fond childhood memories for anyone over fifty...Published 14 months ago by Robert A. Nowotny
A classic. If you love either baseball cards or baseball humor, you will want this on your shelf.Published 15 months ago by Savon Jackson
A "must read" for anyone who collected baseball cards in the 1950's and '60's. I first read this book 40 years ago and it is every bit as humorous and entertaining now as... Read morePublished 16 months ago by sportsbookguy