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1910 The National Game Signed by Spink

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $960

First edition of The National Game by Alfred Spink, signed by the author on the interior. Published by the National Game Publishing Co., St. Louis, 1910. Spink has inscribed the book on the interior in black fountain pen: "To E. D. Anderson/with kindest and/best wishes of/the author/A. H. Spink/Sept. 25/1913." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted, grading "10." Sportswriter Alfred Spink is best known today as the founder of The Sporting News, which began publication in 1886. For much of the twentieth century, The Sporting News was the only national baseball newspaper and considered by many fans to be the "bible" with regard to our national pastime. If anyone were qualified to author a history of baseball in 1910 it was Alfred Spink. The 410-page hardcover book (6.5 x 9.25 inches) provides a detailed history, beginning with the 1833 Olympic Club of Philadelphia, through 1910. This is THE baseball book of the 1910 era, presenting a complete history of the game, with literally hundreds of photographs. This book, which is considered by many to the finest and single most substantial of all early baseball histories, is scarce in its own right, with signed copies far rarer still. The red cloth-covered boards display some wear, and there is a slight separation along the spine. With few exceptions, the pages all remain extremely clean and bright. LOA from James Spence/JSA. SOLD FOR $960

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