This expanded 2nd edition is the definitive guide to marble collecting, with over 1,400 color photographs identifying marbles. It features the main areas of interest on makers and manufacturers of marbles made of stone, minerals, and early hand- and machine-made glass. It covers many games, toys, and other uses for marbles; and includes a useful glossary, listing of clubs, societies, marble shows, and museums. All the winners of the U.S. National Marble Tournaments are listed. The value of each of the marbles is suggested for general reference.
Stanley Block was a registered Public Accountant, company business manager, and treasurer of a wholesale distribution company. He began collecting marbles in the 1960s, and in 1975 founded the Marble Collectors Society of America, which he served as Chairman and President. He and his family live in Connecticut.