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Old 05-27-2008, 01:30 PM
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Posted By: T206Collector

I recently completed work on my latest article, which is about the Leopold M. Goulston collection of T206 cards at the New York Public Library. I invite anyone interested in this collection to read the article on my website.

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On July 13, 1946, Robert W. Henderson, the chief librarian of the main reading room at the New York Public Library, received an amazing collection of baseball ephemera. The collection was donated to the library by Leopold Morse Goulston, who was a former vice president of the Boston Braves. Goulston donated the collection in memory of his friend, Leo J. Bondy, who had died 2 years earlier. Bondy was a baseball colleague of Goulston’s -- he was vice president and treasurer of the New York Giants. The collection Goulston donated included over 1,000 items related to pre-war baseball, including photographs, prints, rare cartoons, books, souvenirs, and, most interesting for baseball card collectors, a large collection of pre-war baseball cards. With Goulston’s permission, a few of the collection’s items were donated by the library to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, including a trophy baseball from 1867 that had been presented to Goulston by the A.G. Spalding Company, as well as a “cheater’s bat” -- studded with nails and painted black -- dating from 1890. The library kept the baseball cards and pasted them into albums. While this appears at first blush to be an unfortunate effort to attempt preservation, the fact that the cards were pasted into albums is one of the secrets to the library’s ability to maintain the collection for the past 62 years.

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The books which Henderson received now reside at the New York Tennis and Racquet Club, which is in midtown Manhattan. It can be seen by appointment. Henderson is best known to baseball historians for his seminal work "Ball, Bat, and Bishop", which traces the history of baseball through literature.

When David Block was researching for his book "Baseball before We Knew it", he and I went to the Tennis and Racquet Club and spent an afternoon looking at all the rare baseball books. It was a great day and a fabulous collection.

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Posted By: Denny Walsh

Barry,
Why In the world would they put unique baseball books in a tennis Club? More Like hiding them? Very curious! I'm always interested in your view when baseball books are involved. Can you please give us your take on this past situation?

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Perhaps a little sad that I as soon as I read the name "Leopold" the first image that popped into my head was the Bugs Bunny cartoon in which Bugs disguises himself as a famous conductor, Leopold, at the LA Bowl. And as he strides toward the orchestra pit people in the audience murmur "Leopold...Leopold...Leopold."

look forward to reading your article.

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Very nice Paul. I liked the photos of the actual pages in the album. Do you happen to have a photo of the full page the Wagner is on (as opposed to just a close-up of Wagner)? That would be pretty neat to see.

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Denny- it is a little sad because the collection is nearly lost to the general public. The Tennis and Racquet club is actually a very old gentleman's club, and when David and I visited we had to wear a shirt and tie. We were led to a room that was so hard to find I never would be able to locate it again on my own.

The collection had clearly not been seen by anyone in a long time, because every time we asked to see a book the librarian (who was Henderson's protege) had to blow dust off the top of it. And there are really many great rarities in it, but they seem to be in the wrong venue. Henderson loved the club, and worked there for decades, and upon his death bequeathed the collection. Strange story.

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...of the full page the Wagner is on is included in my article and can be seen up close if you click on the picture. The image quality is somewhat fuzzy based on where and how the photo was taken. The curator took it for me in a back room where it was quite dark and did not want to use a flash, apparently.


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