Got the book today!!! Skimmed it, and here are my thoughts:
1. Excellent book, extremely informative!! It makes sense out of a lot of formerly disconnected information. Obviously a labor of love, and a MUST for any serious vintage collector.
2. I have a couple of minor concerns with the book (nothing's perfect!). First, I'm sure by now you are aware that the card pictured on page 35 is not a 1933-34 Ice Kings card, but the 37-38 WWG card. Second, one entry confused me. The 56-57 Hygrade Frankfurter contest cards entry says that there are six cards in the set, but only 4 cards are "known." It then list the value of the set at $850 for a "set of six." If only 4 cards are "known," how can you determine a value for the set? Third, a few isues appear to me to be missing. That may be unavoidable with so much ground to cover. Still, I will ask, what about the 1952-53 Bas Du Fleuve and "OHA Anonymous" cards? How about the 1934 Sweet Caporal photos given out at hockey games?
Let me be clear. I LOVE this book and HIGHLY recommend it. Any comments on my concerns? Are there any other typos or such to be aware of? Does everyone feel the given prices are about right for the items shown? Please, I would love your input!!! David
Thanks for the kind words and yes there are some shortcomings to every publication especially the complete format change in the last month sure added to a lot of minor errors, which bugged me to no end but has subsided now...
Yes, the same Ice Kings card was used twice, no biggy, we all know what they look like and sh*t happens. There were only 4 known names of the 6 HiGrade Frankfurter cards. It was hard to identify the last two names before the book came out.
Certainly more research and information is needed on the Bas de Fleuve and OHA sets before they are confirmed in date and how they were issued (been working on it tho). Then again, the are minor league cards and not too mainstream, we'll save those issues for the next book!? The sweet caps photos weren't put in because they were somewhat regional, I avoided most of the regional sets and most photos and most postcards were not included either. The book can only been so big and kept affordable.
The main focus of the guide is to identify most of what is out there in premium issues and set a few things straight. More information to come in a future edition in about 3 or 4 years....
Thanks for responding! Actually, the question is whether I should buy a second book and leave it unopened! When I got the first one, I was thinking, this is the first edition on the VHC, it's in mint condition, unopened-how can I open a groundbreaking book in pristine condition!! Maybe we should ask for autographed copies?