Last week I stopped by the local Half Price Books to look around. In the sports aisle I found this:
The book is 14" high and 10" wide and is an inch and a quarter thick. It is printed on heavy stock and is in pretty good shape. The book itself is in excellent condition, but the dust jacket is torn on the spine. It was published in 1987 and originally cost $80. I got it for $20. You can get a copy of this on Amazon.com for $60 and up depending on condition. It features 100 classic baseball card sets from 1887 Allen & Ginter to 1956 Bowman. Every card from each of the 100 sets is reproduced in the book. It is beautifully done.
The following book was given to me as a gift in the early 1990's. It was published in 1989 with a cover price of $80. I don't see this offered on Amazon. The book is about the same size as the Classic Baseball Cards book.
The book is more comprehensive than the first book covering almost 500 sets issued through 1989. Oddly, it does not include 1989 Upper Deck. The book devotes about a page per set with a couple of representative cards shown and particulars about the set. In addition to main sets it also covers some regional sets (1983 Granny Goose A's anyone?). The card illustrations are in color and are approximately actual size. It's a pretty good reference book.