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Union Oil "Finer Points" Booklets

Union Oil Company of California, in conjunction with its Sports Club television program, issued a series of booklets by champions on the finer points of sports. The instructional pamphlets produced from 1957-59 are 4" x 5-1/2” in dimension. They display drawings of each player and contain sports tips. Of the 44, 12-page booklets in the set, a total of 8 are basketball booklets, with the others being mainly comprised of baseball, football, golf, and tennis athletes. Bill Russell (#5), Forrest Twogood (#6), Phil Woolpert (#8), and Bill Sharman (#9) were designed and produced by the Western Printing and Lithographing Company. The other basketball booklets have a distinct change of style, displaying the title "Family Sports Fun" at the top of the front cover. George Yardley (#31), John Wooden (#32) Bob Cousy (#34), and Slats Gill (#36) are of this second format and were designed and produced by Prentice-Hall Inc.

Union Oil Bill Russell #5 1957
Union Oil Bill Sharman #9 1958
Union Oil Bob Cousy #34 1959
Union Oil Forrest Twogood #6 1957
Union Oil George Yardley #31 1958
Union Oil Phil Woolpert #8 1958
Union Oil Slats Gill #36 1959
Union Oil_John Wooden #32 1958

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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