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My favorite basketball-themed pulps are the Sport Story pulp magazines produced by Street and Smith from the 1920s. I think the artwork is more detailed and the magazines are of a slightly better quality, while still not of good quality. The best reference book on sports pulps ever produced, Sports in Pulp Magazines by John Dinan, provided some great information for us. The first sports related pulp came out in 1923. In the first 20 years from 1923-1943, 156 basketball related stories (not issues) came out within pulp magazines, ranking 6th in all sports produced. Sports-related pulps continued until 1958. Wikipedia explains that pulps were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the 1950s. The term pulp derives from the cheap wood pulp paper on which the magazines were printed; in contrast, magazines printed on higher quality paper were called "glossies" or "slicks". The typical pulp magazine had 128 pages; it was 7" wide x 10" high, and 0.5" thick, with ragged, untrimmed edges. Tip Top Weekly and other similarly sized periodicals don't quite fit this description and instead are classified on this website as "story-paper tabloids". However, Mr. Dinan does mention in this book that all three formats, "digest size" being the smaller size, are pulps.

1923 - (1) Nov. 1_Top-Notch Magazine
1923 - Dec. 22 - Sport Story Magazine
1925 - Dec. 8 - Sport Story Magazine
1925 - Mar. 8 - Sport Story Magazine
1926 - Feb. 22 - Sport Story Magazine
1927 - Feb. 8 - Sport Story Magazine
1928 - (1) Jan. 8 - Sport Story Magazine
1928 - Dec. 8 - Sport Story Magazine
1928 - Feb. 8 - Sport Story Magazine
1929 - Dec. 8 - Sport Story Magazine
1930 - Jan. 22 - Sport Story Magazine
1932 - Dec. 25 - Sport Story Magazine
1933 - (1) Mar.25 S&S Sport Story
1933 - Dec. 10 - S&S Sport Story
1934 - Feb. 10 - S&S Sport Story
1938 - Jan. 2 - S&S Sport Story
1938 - Mar. Thrilling Sports
1938 - Mar./Apr The All America Sports
1938 - z April_Star Sports Magazine
1939 - Feb. - Popular Sports Magazine
1940 - March - S&S Sport Story
1940 - z April_Sports Novels
1941 - April - Ace Sports
1943 - Feb. - Sports Novels

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 ...

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Rare Album Postcard Acquired - March 1, 2016

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

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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