Collectors of vintage baseball cards now have a new reference tool. Before there was Bubble Gum: Our favorite Pre-World War I Baseball Cards has been published by Cincinnati-area online seller Dean Hanley.
Hamlin began working for Hanley when she was fifteen years old, and though she went away for college, she continued to work for him on her various breaks. She is now 23 years old, and a graduate of Indiana University.
Having graduated from sorting cards and filling orders, Hamlin has grown to love various aspects of the hobby, and has devoted much of her time researching the many Pre-World War I vintage sets out there. Six months ago, the duo began compiling the book.
“There’s not a lot of information out there,” Hamlin said. “All of the Pre-War players are deceased, as are the original buyers, leaving us with very few primary sources,”.
Hamlin initially conducted research in order to write short blog articles on the various Pre-War sets. When Hanley saw how much work she had put into her research, he came to the conclusion that it would be wasteful not turn this valuable information into some sort of book that other collectors and baseball enthusiasts would enjoy.
Before there was Bubble Gum: Our favorite Pre-World War I Baseball Cards discusses a variety of early vintage baseball cards, ranging from tobacco cards, to caramel cards, to cards issued with clothing, and everything in-between.
The book is divided into sections, and each section is devoted to focusing on one type of card. The T-Card section for example, gives an overview of the T-Card industry as a whole, and then is further broken down by chapters. Each chapter contains information on one specific set of cards, and features numerous color pictures of the cards being discussed. The T206 chapter for example, discusses the various rare and common card backs found on the American Tobacco Company’s famed white-border cards.
The book includes an overview of the more well-known vintage cards, like T206 and 1914-15 Cracker Jack, but also delves into the lesser known sets, such as the Boston Store or Tango Egg cards.
The book is available for $5.99 as a Kindle edition on Amazon.com.