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Reach Guides

Reach "Basket Ball" Guides were published by A.J. Reach Company of Philadelphia. They provided basketball rules, as well as happenings from both amateur and early professional basketball. The American Basketball League was discussed in these guides along with many other topics. Babe Ruth was even mentioned in one 1920s guide as he attempted to play basketball - apparently not very well! These guides were produced from 1901 until 1926-27. Guides after 1920 can be found. However, pre-1920 guides are difficult and rarely found in one group. Guides prior to 1905 and almost impossible to find. I have seen one example of a pre-1905 Reach guide and that belonged to Naismith.

Reach - 1905
Reach - 1906
Reach - 1907
Reach - 1908
Reach - 1909
Reach - 1911
Reach - 1912
Reach - 1913
Reach - 1914
Reach - 1915
Reach - 1917
Reach - 1919
Reach - 1920
Reach - 1921
Reach - 1922
Reach - 1923
Reach - 1924
Reach - 1925
Reach - 1926

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