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Mint Condition

Mint Condition

Like many of our readers, the Uncrate staff at one point had an insatiable thirst for card collecting, snatching up rookie cards of our favorite — or the most valuable — players while continuing to buy pack after pack like a chain smoker on an endless bender. Mint Condition ($17) takes a look at the history of the baseball card industry, from their early inclusion in cigarette packs to the holographic, thick-stocked special cards of today and beyond. A must-read for anyone who used to be able to tell between a Topps, Fleer, and Upper Deck card of the same player from across the room.

  • True Prep

    Need to know when and when not to name a building after yourself, or have trouble telling your ascots from your Astors? True Prep ($14) can offer assistance. Co-written by the author of the seminal The Official Preppy Handbook and a devoted fan, Prep is dedicated to helping the well-off navigate their way through a modern world filled with technology, fast food, and increasingly expensive accessories. Also handy for Vampire Weekend wannabes.

  • The Whole Beast

    You know the phrase "whole hog?" Well, London-based chef Fergus Henderson takes it literally. Author of The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating ($15), Henderson believes in using virtually every part of a plant or animal in your cooking to reduce waste, resulting in such tasty yet repulsive-sounding dishes as Rolled Pig's Spleen, Roast Bone Marrow and Parsley Salad, and Blood Cake and Fried Eggs. Yummy. Perfect for the Bizarre Foods fan in your life, even if the fan happens to be you.