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Children's Literature
This 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
Gr 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.
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Gr 4-6-- This once leisurely childhood activity has turned into a billion-dollar-a-year business. Owens gives practical advice concerning tricks of the trade for youngsters who want to get started or novices looking for ways to improve upon or give focus to their collections. He provides a history of baseball cards, and discusses how to buy wisely, protect the cards, specialize, and avoid being taken advantage of when making purchases. Photographs, mainly full color, of various cards over the years serve as illustrations. The final chapter lists the major publications devoted to collecting and addresses of card companies and all the major league teams. While not a price guide, which seems to be the hot-ticket item in libraries, the book contains clear and accurate information, similar to that found in Plaut's Start Collecting Baseball Cards (Running Pr, 1989), and won't become as quickly dated as the price guides do. --Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761314783
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Single Titles Ser.
  • Edition number: 21
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.93 (w) x 9.96 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Picture Perfect 4
Chapter 2 Tell Me What Condition My Condition is in 12
Chapter 3 Insert Money Here 17
Chapter 4 Pacific Sailing: Inside a Card Company 23
Chapter 5 Cyber-Collecting 31
Chapter 6 A Store with More 35
Chapter 7 A Dealer's Choice of Dealers 40
Chapter 8 Trick Pitches 48
Chapter 9 Your Hobby Game Plan 55
Chapter 10 Cards of Tomorrow 62
Appendix 69
Glossary 70
Books 75
Addresses 76
Index 78
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