From Tom Owens at Baseball By The Letters on July 31, 2012, with mention of SABR member Bobby Plapinger:
Baseball books have a best friend. His name is Bobby Plapinger.
Many know about good baseball titles. Bobby knows what makes a memorable autographed baseball book. I’m grateful that he shares his knowledge and experience with us in this e-interview.
I think part of the appeal of signed books is the notion that the signer actually touched – however briefly & minimally – the book.
You lose that with a bookplate. Also – bookplates lend themselves to fraud – as it’s alot easier to “practice” signatures on cheap inexpensive bookplates that take up no space, than on a pile of books.
That said – many publishers of “signed limited editions” have the signers autograph blank sheets of paper which are later bound into the books. So in those cases, the signer never touches the book & the buyer never knows the wiser..
Well… you do now.
Jerome Holtzman once told me he had “stacks” of sheets of paper signed by Bill Veeck sitting in his basement waiting for a future printing of the “Holtzman Press” “signed, leatherbound edition” of “Veeck As In Wreck” which never materialized.
Read the full article here: http://baseballbytheletters.blogspot.com/2012/07/talking-autographed-baseball-books-with.html
Originally published: July 31, 2012. Last Updated: July 31, 2012.