About this project
If you'd like to add items to your pledge, add the following amounts and be sure to remind me of what you want when you fill out the backer survey at the end of May! Kickstarter won't allow you to select multiple awards but I am keeping track of all increased pledges myself.
- $35 for the poster set
- $27 for the "Ticket" Poster
- $30 for the Brian Lindstrom Eagle shirt
- $20 for the "E" shirt
- $10 for an original scorebook
- $8 for the button set
A quick introduction is in order. My name is Bethany Heck, and I started the Eephus League in 2010 as a haven for baseball minutiae. I designed a scorebook along the way, with the hopes of encouraging more fans to try out the artform. In Spring 2011, nearly 900 devoted baseball fans helped make the Eephus League scorebook a reality. After hearing their thoughtful feedback, I want to try to give them something even better.
The HalfLiner Scorebook is the newest scorebook design from the Eephus League. It scores a full half season of 81 games. It is a sturdy Double Wire-O bound book, with a stiff cover and chipboard back that give it great writing surfaces. While the first Eephus scorebook had a lot of extra materials aimed at teaching people the art of scorekeeping, this book is designed for people who want a more fleshed out scorekeeping experience and don't need the extras. There are more innings, more substitution slots, and more stat columns in the HalfLiner scorebook. The scorekeeping grid is larger to allow more space for scorekeepers to work.
You can visit http://eephusleague.com/halfliner/ for more nitty gritty details about the scorebook.
At 7.5” x 9.75”, the HalfLiner is smaller than a standard letter-sized scorecard. The more petite profile is meant to make the scorebook less cumbersome to bring to the ballpark.
Ultimately, it’s my hope that the HalfLiner scorebook gives fans a beautiful scorebook that will last them a long time and give them a pure scorekeeping experience that isn’t riddled with a complex grid that demands you keep score one particular way.
I think that in order for scorekeeping to thrive and grow it has to be left up to each individual person to mold their own personal style of keeping score. Most scorecards are filled to the brim with boxes, columns and illustrations as they coax you into using one specific method. The goal of all Eephus League scorebooks is to let each scorekeeper have their own symbols, abbreviations and notations.
This kickstarter is focused on the scorebook so the rewards are centered on them. There's a chance more reward options will be added as the campaign progresses, so check for updates!
Risks and challenges
The last hurdle remaining is the production costs of the scorebook. They have to be mass produced and that means there's a lot of up front costs that I can't manage on my own. The $14,000 doesn't cover all of the costs I'm facing, but it will go a long way and will give me enough momentum to get the scorebooks and other rewards created.
Last time, when you guys helped me create the original Eephus League scorebook, there was a race against the clock to try and get the books to you by opening day. Things have to be different this time. I'm going to wait until after I get back surveys to create the rewards, because trying to get them made beforehand led to a lot of chaos and wasted funds. I have an estimated shipping date of July to be as cautious as possible. There's a strong chance they get to you before then if the project is successful, but I want to be careful not to over promise.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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