I was contacted a few weeks back by Anthony Taylor, a British-based collector of baseball memorabilia. While his collection is focused mainly on the Major Leagues, he has developed an interest in British baseball too, and he has managed to pick up a number of rare programmes from the 1930s and 1950s, such as the one for the 1939 national final between Halifax and Rochdale that is pictured to the right.
It can get frustrating at times to think of all the British baseball memorabilia that sits in private collections, never to be seen by the wider public. So I was delighted that Anthony was not only offering to digitize his collection for my perusal, but was also explicit about wanting it to be added to the Project Cobb site so that it became publicly available.
I like to think that other collections will surface over time, and that their owners will be as generous as Anthony Taylor has been. However, it may be greedy to wish for collections as extensive and novel as this one.
The collection can be found here.