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Hillyard Basketball Library

The Hillyard"Shine-Alls" of St. Josephs, Mo. were national AAU Champions in 1926-27. They were coached by George W. Levis from 1924-28. The Hillyard Basketball Library was begun in December, 1928 and continued through 1930 when the last of 8 pamphlets, How to Witness a Basketball Game, was completed. Thereafter in 1931, Mr. N.S. Hillyard, the president of Hillyard Chemical Company, decided that the 8 pamphlets should be combined into one booklet and then updated. George W. Levis did that re-consolidation in honor of Mr. Hillyard. The 8 pamphlets are very low budget, with booklet covers even varying slightly between printing. These are pretty rare booklets and I expect that there weren't too many that made it through the years without damage. I am missing one pamphlet. Indications are that it is called 10 Tip-Off Plays.

Hillard - How to Witness a Game 1930
Hillyard - Basketball... 1931
Hillyard - How to Play Center 1929
Hillyard - How to Play Forward 1928
Hillyard - How to Play Guard 1929
Hillyard - How to Play Tournament 1929
Hillyard - Offensive Drill... 1930
Hillyard - The Delayed Offense 1930

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The rarest card ever in vintage basketball - C.A. Briggs - Feb. 7, 2016

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My Favorite Items

1933 C.A. Briggs Basketball
B33 Basket Ball Flannels 1912
Basket Ball Rules for 1893
Hamilton King L5 Leather 1912
Ken-Wel Advertising 1920
Naismith's Phog Allen Portrait Print 1936
Spalding Men - 1896
Spalding Men - 1899/1900
Spalding Women - 1901