There are times when we want to upgrade a card in our collection. Maybe we have one that is just too beat up and although dear to us, we really do want one that isn't creased beyond recognition.
Today I had a chance to do that. Not with a card, but with a book. I've had Gene Florence's Standard Baseball Card Price Guide (4th Edition) for about five years now. I don't go to it often but it is handy for the alphabetized by player feature.
Today, at the Friends of the Knox County Public Library's annual book sale, I was able to upgrade. Behold the 6th Edition. This was published in 1994. Am I on the cutting edge or what?
Since it was one of the last days of the sale they reduced their prices. It was now a $5 bag day. Whatever you could stuff in a Kroger bag was yours for five bucks. Here are the other baseball books I came up with.
Judge Landis was written by J. G. Taylor Spink and published in 1974 by The Sporting News. There are some great photos in here.
When Baseball Was Young, by Gerard S. Petrone was published in 1994 by Musty Attic Archives. It contains transcriptions from newspapers and has many reproductions of pictures and drawings.
Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings is by Deborah Hopkinson with pictures by Terry Widener. It is a children's book inspired on the story of Alta Weiss.
I also picked up five books for Caroline, two copies of Biblical Archaeology Review magazine, an audio CD, Alan G. Thomas's Fine Books, Peter J. Schakel's The Way Into Narnia, an old copy of ShopNotes magazine (for my father-in-law), and a very fine copy of American Heritage magazine (October, 1966). This issue has a great article on the Battle at Valcour Island: Benedict Arnold as Hero.
What item in your collection do you want to upgrade?