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AAU Guides

Indications are that AAU Guides were produced from approximately 1936-1970. Some references suggest that the books were made until 1971-72 The latest edition I've seen is the 1969-70 edition. These guides are surprisingly tough to find, being more uncommon than most guides and booklets from their era. They started as part of the Spalding Athletic Library, published by the American Sports Publishing Company. However, in 1941, they began being published by the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States.

AAU 1936-37
AAU 1937-38
AAU 1938-39
AAU 1939-40
AAU 1940-41
AAU 1941-42
AAU 1942-43
AAU 1944-45
AAU 1945-46
AAU 1946-47
AAU 1947-48
AAU 1948-49
AAU 1949-50
AAU 1950-51
AAU 1951-52
AAU 1952-53
AAU 1953-54
AAU 1954-55
AAU 1955-56
AAU 1956-57
AAU 1957-58
AAU 1958-59
AAU 1960-61
AAU 1961-62

My Most Recent Blogs

Story-paper Tabloids - Feb. 28, 2017

You may be familiar with the term pulp, used to describe some of the older, cheaply made periodicals from many years ago. However, the term "story-paper tabloid" may not be as common. Story-paper tabloids are similar to pulps in the low quality of the materials used, but differ in their format and size. Produced using cheat wood pulp paper, they ...

Seldom seen Clark Candy Cards! - June 19, 2016

Recently, I was lucky enough to find 10 of the 16 cards from the 1954 Clark Candy basketball set. These cards are quite rare and seldom seen, even by advanced basketball collectors.

Rare Album Postcard Acquired - March 1, 2016

Recently, I came across a surprising find - the 1928 Cuban Aguilitas Album Redemption postcard. When I've seen these in the past, they have always been baseball related. This one is basketball themed and shows the same image as card #397, the HNOS Maristas. The seller of this item said he found it in Cuba three decades ago. It is a nice and une...

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

On January 20, 2016, the 1933 C.A. Briggs card was added to the collection. I am excited to share info about this card with all of you. While there are many rare items in our hobby, speaking specifically about cards, this is probably at the very top of the list in terms of rarity. Take a few minutes to read a little more a...

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