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Lot # 951 (951 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

1955 Golden Stamp Books Complete Set (4) Featuring the 1954 Giants, Indians, Braves, and Dodgers

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $720

Complete set of all four baseball Golden Stamp books published by Simon and Schuster (New York) in 1955. Each of these 32-page soft-cover books features black-and-white illustrations and brief biographies for most of the players, coaches, and front-office executives on each club. Additionally, each book also contains two uncut sheets of full-color stamps (sixteen stamps per sheet) featuring color photos of the players represented within its pages. The stamps were meant to be removed, separated along the perforations, and then each carefully affixed within a designated box next to the player's respective illustration in the book. Examples of the stamps also adorn both the front and back cover of each book. Included in this grouping are stamps of Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, and Eddie Mathews.

Simon and Schuster produced a wide variety of Golden Stamp books, in many diverse subjects, but these four were the only baseball books in the series. The offered volumes (8.5 x 11 inches) are noteworthy for being among the finest examples we have ever handled. All of the stamp sheets are completely intact as issued (one sheet in the front of the book, the other in the back). Both of the stamp sheets in the Indians book have adhered to the facing page, while a small portion of the front stamp sheet in the Dodgers book remains adhered to the facing page. The back stamp sheet in the Dodger book was once adhered to a small portion of the facing page in the upper corner, but it later broke loose, resulting in a small amount of paper loss to the facing page. Without respect to those minor flaws, and some minor toning to the pages, the Dodgers, Giants, and Indians books are otherwise in remarkable Near Mint condition, looking much as they did when they were originally sold. The Braves book displays a moderate diagonal crease and minor chipping to the front cover, and is in Very Good condition overall. Total: 4 books. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $720

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