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1964-1969 Philadelphia Phillies Press Guides Run (6) w/Rare 1964 Hand-Printed Inaugural Edition

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It's estimated that fewer than a dozen of the 300 handmade press guides created by Phillies PR man Larry Shenk are in existence today. Indeed, only a handful of copies having reached the auction block in the last 15 years—one of which sold for over $2,000 in 2002. Shenk undertook this labor of love at a time when the Phillies were the sole franchise without a formal media guide of roster, schedule and stats. As the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society has described the project, "Shenk typed by hand a master stencil for each page of the guide, fitted the stencils one at a time around the mimeograph machine’s inked drum and produced multiple duplicate copies of each page." Shenk's wife put the finishing touch on by hand-coloring the cover! Measuring 8-1/2 x 4-1/2", the offered example rates EX and just so happens to be signed inside by Shenk himself. The succeeding five guides average VG-EX to EX, with 
1967 through 1969 also each including a separate roster/schedule.



 
 
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