A Trip to the Community Bookstore, Brooklyn

If there’s one thing Carson Cistulli has his finger on — that is, besides the keys of the uber-sleek netbook on which he’s (read: I’m) currently typing these words — it’s the pulse of the people. And if there’s one thing the people want it’s definitely HELLA PICTURES OF BOOKS. Badly composed, poorly lit pictures of used baseball books, specifically.

In an attempt to capitalize on the public’s insatiable appetite for book-y photos, allow me to offer the following: some pictures I took at The Community Bookstore, located on Court Street in the Cobble Hill/Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The Community Bookstore, in the event that you don’t know, looks like this when you walk into it:

Also, if a recent Yelp comment is accurate, the store’s hours are 3pm-11pm.

Also, the proprietor looks like a much-bedraggled version of Dr. Stephen Falken from 1983′s science-fiction thriller WarGames.

In any case, here are some frigging books:

Title: 1990-91 Baseball’s Hottest Rookies
Author: Score
Notes: It’s not the case necessarily that all the hottest rookies materialize into the hottest veterans. QED:

Hensley Meulens‘ career MLB line: .220/.288/.353 (.295 BABIP), -1.4 WAR in 549 PAs.

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Title: Minor League Baseball Stars, Vol. III
Author: Edited, actually, by L. Robert Davids (and SABR)
Notes: I’d have bought it, but owning the third volume of something without owning — or even knowing the whereabouts of — the previous two volumes is decidedly irksome.

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Title: The Bill James Player Ratings Book, 1993
Author: Bill James and Co.
Notes: The 1994 and 1995 books were also there and I bought the crap out of all three editions — for just $3.95 each.

Exterior shot courtesy of Bridge and Tunnel Club. First interior shot courtesy of Charlie Gower.




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  1. Michael says:

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I personally cannot get enough of photos of used baseball books. It’s like a drug. And I desperately want Vol. III of Minor League Baseball Stars.

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  2. Hank says:

    That 1990 Score Rising Stars set advertised on the Hottest Rookies book is notable for the inclusion of everyone’s favorite early 1990s baseball prospect … Eric Lindros!

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  3. Eric says:

    When you click on the image for 1990-91 Baseball’s Hottest Rookies it shows up upside down.

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  4. Krog says:

    As a Norcal resident, I congratulate you on your use of the term “hella” and wish you a good day.

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  5. Bryan says:

    I imagine you strolled over to Cafe Pedlar after–always a treat. I have one across the street that I will have to mine similarly. Good stuff as always, Carson.

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  6. brian says:

    You should have picked up some beers at American Beer Distributors after. Nice find on the Bill James books.

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  7. Telo says:

    CC, you live in Brooklyn?

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