Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: Dean's Cards (July 23, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #824,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #43 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Sports Memorabilia & Cards > Sports Cards
Dean did his homework for this book; from the phone interviews to the library digs, this book has loads of great information that should entertain both card collectors as well as business book readers. I bought the print version of this book hoping that it would include pictures, which I'm disappointed that it did not. Baseball cards are by definition, pictures and this book would have been perfect if had those photos included. Another issue with the print version is the references in the back have some pretty convoluted links; perhaps using bit.ly or tinyurl would make them easier for us to enter into a browser. I'm sure they are perfect for kindle users though. One last issue is that Dean seems to really want us to visit his website deanscards.com, it's mentioned so often so much so that it becomes a bit spammy.All in all very informative and enjoyable read.
Great story of the history of baseball cards. Having lived through that era, some of the details provided are inaccurate, but it is a good documentation of the Golden Era of Baseball cards, including the strategies and tactics of both Bowman and Topps.
The Bubble Gum Card War answered a ton of questions I have had since I began completing my sets from the 50's! Born in 1945, the 50's were my little league/Babe Ruth league years playing baseball, buying, "flipping", and collecting cards. After reading Dean's Bubble Gum Card War, I now understand why some cards are so hard to find, ie. short prints; why there were no Topps football cards before 1955; what happened to Bowmen cards; why certain stars like Ted Williams, Stan Musial, etc. were not on cards every year, etc., etc. I am presently an avid collector, and have "filled in" most of my sets from the 50's. The Bubble Gum Card War really helped, and Dean's Cards is my online source for hard to find cards.
Dean has done a truly masterful job in documenting the hidden history of the baseall card wars of 1950-1955. I believe that this manuscript could be expanded upon with some documented interviews with some of the major players of that time. Back in the day there were ball players who interacted with the Sy Bergers of the world.These encounters relating to the card wars could be further amplified and collected for a new book. More of this historical information would make an already great read and contribution to baseball card history but it could be elevated to classic status. Terrific job Dean your efforts are recognized and greatly appreciated. Jimmy R.
This book is a must for any baseball card collector who has an interest in the early Bowman and Topps card sets. A great guide that tells the stories behind these early bubble gum sets, which picture some of the truly greats of the game.
Excellent, historical perspective on early years baseball cards. Easy to understand. Author really knows the business. I enjoyed Dean's book very much and also in the past I purchsed cards from him on-line and found him to be an honest dealer.
Includes tons of information and is not a very hard read. It is also helpful to follow the links to get a good look at the cards themselves
Well presented and a wealth of information documenting the early 1950 Baseball card sets and the struggle and inovations BOWMAN and TOPPS went through to bring their product to the colloctors of the day. Highly recommend as it is well worth a read.
The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman & Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955 The Bubble Gum Card War: The Great Bowman and Topps Sets from 1948 to 1955 Gum Disease Cure (Gum Disease Cure, Periodontal Disease, Gum Disease, Gum Infection, Gingivitis treatment, Tooth Decay) Happy Holidays, Bubble Guppies! (Bubble Guppies) (Pictureback with Flaps) Classic Sports Card Sets: Best Sport Cards Sets From the 1950s and 1960s Star Trek: The Original Topps Trading Card Series World War 1: Soldier Stories: The Untold Soldier Stories on the Battlefields of WWI (World War I, WWI, World War One, Great War, First World War, Soldier Stories) Vietnam War: The Vietnam War in 50 Events: From the First Indochina War to the Fall of Saigon (War Books, Vietnam War Books, War History) (History in 50 Events Series Book 6) World War 2 History's 10 Most Incredible Women: World War II True Accounts Of Remarkable Women Heroes (WWII history, WW2, War books, world war 2 books, war history, World war 2 women) The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: The Amazing Story of How America Lost Its Mind Over a Plush Toy--and the Eccentric Genius Behind It Cure Gum Disease Naturally: Heal and Prevent Periodontal Disease and Gingivitis with Whole Foods Eat Safe: The Truth about Additives from Aspartame to Xanthan Gum What's In Your Food?: The Truth about Additives from Aspartame to Xanthan Gum World War 1: World War I in 50 Events: From the Very Beginning to the Fall of the Central Powers (War Books, World War 1 Books, War History) (History in 50 Events Series) World War 2: World War II in 50 Events: From the Very Beginning to the Fall of the Axis Powers (War Books, World War 2 Books, War History) (History in 50 Events Series Book 4) Garbage Pail Kids (Topps) Mars Attacks (Topps) Wacky Packages (Topps) Baseball Cards of the Sixties: The Complete Topps Cards 1960-1969 Topps Baseball Cards: Complete Picture Collection, 40-Year History, 1951-1990