Children's LiteratureThis is an informative guide that strikes a nice balance between the potential monetary value of collecting and the personal satisfaction to be gained by owning a piece of history. Owens discourages young collectors from speculating for pure financial gain. "The stock market is for making money. Baseball cards are for making memories," he writes. That said, he explains the fascinating history of baseball cards and details why some cards are so much more valuable than others. Owens also gives some tips about getting cards signed by players and about obtaining collectibles that might not be available everywhere. His how-to guide reads like an insider's tips, and his writing is engaging and encouraging. If there is a kid in your life who collects cards, this is a terrific reference work. 2001, The Millbrook Press, $23.90 and $9.95. Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Donna Freedman
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 3 Up-This new edition has many differences and improvements over the original (Millbrook, 1993), including a much longer glossary and more information on determining condition, inserts, shows, Internet buying and selling, the future of collecting, and Web sites. However, the first edition has better illustrations-nearly all are larger and have more legible text. Owens writes in a light, entertaining style, starting with the history of the baseball-card industry from its beginnings in 1869. He goes into detail about how to determine the all-important condition of cards and tells how the Internet has changed collecting. The valuable section on card shows even tells the best time to approach a dealer to get a bargain. Some of the players pictured are not identified, and at times illustration and text are not juxtaposed. However, these are minor drawbacks to a sure hit.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
It would be a shame to limit Thomas Owens' Collecting Baseball Cards to the young audience it was written for: many an adult collector will find this the perfect introduction to baseball cards, using easy language to explain how the cards are graded and what determines their value. Color photos throughout display vintage cards.
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