If you’re going to the Baltimore Spring Expo this week, make sure you stop by the Whitman Publishing booth. Giveaways and other celebrations are planned year-round at all three Expos (March, June, and October) in honor of longtime Red Book editor Kenneth Bressett.
Coin collectors have used the Red Book (the popular nickname of the Guide Book of United States Coins) to value their collections since the 1st edition was published in 1946. Ken Bressett has guided the publication through numerous revisions and improvements over the course of many years. His work has included annual updates of the book’s coin-by-coin pricing, compilation of official mintage data, and ongoing numismatic research.
Now, after nearly 60 years, Bressett is semi-retiring, taking on the role of Editor Emeritus for the Red Book, its wholesale-pricing companion the Blue Book (Handbook of United States Coins), and the 1,504-page deluxe-edition Mega Red.
Humble as ever, Bressett has commented on the grassroots nature of the guide and the way collectors regard it as a book that belongs to the entire hobby. “The Red Book is a reliable standard reference written not only for collectors but by collectors,” Bressett says. “Through their constant vigilance and input hobbyists contribute significantly each year to the Red Book’s consistency and reflection of market trends.”
The new 72nd edition of the Red Book, which debuts at the Baltimore Expo this week, includes a special 10-page illustrated tribute to Bressett. The back cover of the classic red hardcover version features a gold-foil portrait of the longtime editor and hobby legend.
Come to the Whitman Publishing booth and get your copy of this unique “Tribute Edition”!