Series: Standard Catalog
Paperback: 1560 pages
Publisher: Krause Publ; 19 edition (September 23, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 2.1 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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If you have ever been fed up with trying to look up a card in one of the monthly price guides only to find that the set isn't even listed or the subset totally omitted this is the book for you. The catalog has just about every thing from all the major brands to obsure issues. While the formating is a little hard to follow, the two indexs with both alphabetical and chronological makes it easy to find a set you are looking for.Not only is it worth the price but the 2010 edition even has some of this years sets on the cd that comes along with it.I've read the other review that poopoo the fact that all the modern issues are on the cd in pfd format but to be honest to have put all that in print would have required a whole nother volume or two. The listings are huge with even commons listed. Being a player collector this tome is invaluable looking up cards to get a base line on pricing. Another great feature is that each set has a little blurb about production and other interesting facts. Not to mention the book alone is huge and the information on the accompaning cd even more so. This book is the holy grail of baseball cards. Everything from the 1800's to 2009. Highly recommended for the serious or not so serious collector.
Bar none - This is the best baseball card collector's resource. Complete - from a comprehensive list of early cards to a CD update of the card available up to printing time. While one may not always get the price listed as the value in any of these guides, it is also great for insuring cars and collections. I would consider this a must have for anyone with a baseball card collection. You may be amazed, as I was, that some of you cards are worth quite a bit - while others really are best for putting in bike spoke to make the motorcycle sound!! A great investment!!
Important!All cards after the 2000 year are NOT in this book, rather they are on a CD that is included with the bookin a PDF format. This is fine if you have access to a computer when you want to look something up, otherwiseyou will not have it available to you.The Annual SCD has always been useful for me as it lists cards that I do not find in other references.Additionally, the prices seem to fairly represent, for the most part, what I see them selling for, or atthe very least, asking for.Where the book fails, however, is when they fail to list cards they know exist.As an example, in 2005 Donruss produced an autograph set. In some case the production levels of the cards arevery low, under 30, but are known to exist. While it is perfectly acceptable to say that pricing informationis insufficient, it is NOT acceptable to not list the card at all, thus depriving the reader/collector thetools they need to pursue a full set. If they have to get an additional reference guide to find this out,why bother getting this one? I have emailed the company and have hope they will correct this in future editions.
I've been ordering this book each year and I have to say this is the worst. Part of the cards are in the book and the more current ones are on a disk, which makes it very difficult to find cards. Why didn't they just keep things the way they were. Not ever buying this book again unless they really change things back to before.
I haven't purchased a copy of "Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards" since 1997. I must say that they have really improved it 10 fold.
I love this guide. It's the be-all and end-all of baseball card guides. It contains not only an exhaustive index of cards (complete with CD for recent sets), but also baseball pins, coins, and other pieces of baseball collection memorabilia. The print is large and easy on the eyes, there are pictures galore, and each set is prefaced with a short blurb describing its characteristics and nuances. All of that said, it's definitely a baseball card PURCHASER'S guidebook, as the listed values of most cards are (in my opinion) some of the more conservative I've seen published. All in all, this is a great sourcebook.
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