Major Sports

Q1. Each of the major sports has a useful Internet site.

Q2. ESPN Information Please Sports Almanac. Annual. Houghton. (1pa.)

This annual recaps the year in sports. An opening essay surveys the year’s events, followed by entries on individual sports, contributed by sports writers. Tables cover such topics as end-of-season standing, championship series, and award winners. Teams, coaches, and individual players are ranked in various areas of achievement. Other sections provide a directory of teams and governing organizations, members of Halls of Fame, and lists of parks and stadiums where professional teams play.

Q3. Guinness Book of Sports Records. Annual. Guinness Records. (1pa.)

This lavishly illustrated volume includes facts and old feats for more than 100 popular sports from archery to yachting. The section for each sport begins with a history followed by world, United States, and Olympic records.

Q4. Rules of the Game: The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of All Sports of the World. Diagram Group. St. Martin’s Press, 1999. (2pa.)

For each of 150 sports, this work gives a brief history and detailed coverage of objectives, playing area, equipment, rules, timing, scoring, participants, and officials. Although the guide is British in origin, it provides coverage of U.S. and Canadian sports and indicates differences.


Q5. Family Fun and Games. Diagram Group. Sterling, 1994. 800ps. (2)

This compilation of instructions for playing more than 800 games from around the world is divided into two sections. The first covers general games using darts, dice, words, etc. The second focuses on card games appropriate for children, adults, gambling games, and solitaire. Indexing is according to type, number of players, and alternative games.

Q6. Hoyle’s Modern Encyclopedia of Card Games: Rules of All the Basic Games and Popular Variations. Walter B. Gibson. Doubleday, 1974. 398p. (1pa.)

The expression “according to Hoyle,” meaning “if you want to be correct,” is derived from this classic game encyclopedia. The work’s extensive coverage provides explanations of how card games are played along with their variations from around the world.

Coin and Stamp Collecting

Q7. Guide Book of U.S. Coins. Ed. by R.S. Yeoman and Kenneth Bressett. Annual. Golden Book Publishing Co. (1, 1pa.)

The Red Book, as it is known, is a basic source for the field of coin collecting. It provides identification and grading for all issue of U.S. coins from 1616 to the present, providing historical data, statistics, values, and a detailed photograph of each coin. The values provided are based on data supplied by over 90 contributors throughout the country. There also are sections on mint errors, commemoratives, Civil War issue, and other topics of interest to the collector. Coin World Guide to U.S. Coins, Prices & Value Trends, ed. by William T. Gibbs, annual (Signet, 2001.[1pa]) is another worthwhile guide.

Q8. Official Blackbook Price Guide to United States Postage Stamps. Marc Hudgeons and Tom Hudgeons. Annual. House of Collectibles. (1pa.)

This annual provides comprehensive coverage for stamps issued from 1847 to date—postage, hunting permit stamps, United Nations issues, mint sheets, and first day covers.

Price Guide: (1) Under $15 (2) $16-$25 (3) $26-$35 (4) $36-$45 (5) $46-$55 (6) $56-$65 (7) $66-$75 (8) $76-$85 (9) $86-$95 (10) Over $96

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