It’s one of the coolest books about vintage sports cards and memorabilia to ever come down the pike. Smithsonian Baseball author Stephen Wong talked about the hobby in an extensive TV interview Wednesday night.
Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World’s Finest Private Collections was published in 2005.
Written by noted collector Stephen Wong, the large, full-color book features revealing stories and lavish photography highlighting 21 of the best private collections of baseball memorabilia in existence. From a rare copy of the first written rules of the game (1848) to a photo of Fidel Castro pitching, these impressive collections span baseball’s entire history. Some of the game’s most historically significant artifacts are part of these private collections, yet most have never before been seen by the public.
Seven "tips" essays are included along with the photos of the items. The hobby’s leading experts offer advice on collecting and authenticating artifacts, and show how to build and organize your own impressive 19th-century memorabilia or baseball card collection.
Wong’s book was an instant hit in the hobby and continues to be popular with collectors. He was a guest on Bloomberg TV’s Night Talk program Wednesday night. We’ll offer the interview in three parts. Here’s part one: