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Circa 1840's to 1850's Lemon Peel Style Baseball Constructed with 1 piece of leather.  This fantastic early baseball baseball is in very nice condition with tight stitching, and likely was a shoemaker/cobbler made ball.  The ball, as was the case with earlier style lemon peel baseballs, is undersized, with a circumference of  approximately 6.75 inches and weighs 2.3 ounces.  A great 19th century relic that dates to the early days of the American Pastime.
$750.00 - Sold Pending Payment






Outstanding 1910 Philadelphia Phillies Fogel-Dooin Testimonial Dinner Reach Brand Undersized Souvenir Baseball.  This ball was likely given out at a February 1910 Testimonial Dinner for Horace Fogel and Charley Dooin.  In November 1909 the controversial Horace Fogel purchased the Philadelphia Phillies, and one of his immediate moves was firing manager William Murray, and replacing him with then team catcher, Charles “Red” Dooin.  As noted on one of the panels of the ball, which reads, "By Philadelphia Sports Writers", this dinner was likely how the sports writers welcomed the new duo to the city.  Among several controversial moves by Fogel, his most interesting was his abandoning the Phillies name, and renaming them the Philadelphia Live Wires, with their new logo being an Eagle clutching electrical wires in its talons.  The new name didn't take, and the Phillies name continued, despite some newspaper references to the Live Wires.  The ball has a strong red and blue stitching, and its markings are stronger than my camera flash allows to show in the above photographers.  A very rare and neat piece of early Philadelphia Phillies memorabilia.
$750.00 - Sold Pending Payment 




Beautiful Circa 1918 - 1919 WWI Era Official Overseas National League YMCA Baseball that has been signed by the 1926 Philadelphia Phillies team.  This ball was likely made for export to the WWI European warfront for use by American Soldiers.  The ball features the YMCA Triangle logo with Overseas printed within.  On it's sweet spot is marked Overseas National League.  The ball was likely brought home by a WWI soldier, who later had the Phillies sign the ball.  The autographs on this ball have not yet been authenticated.  The ball features tight blue and red stitching, and clean white leather.  The signatures exhibit some moderate fading, but the markings on the ball are very strong.  A very attractive rare style baseball that would fit nicely in any baseball or militaria collection.
$700.00





1907 Harvard versus Yale Painted Trophy Baseball for Championship game played at the Polo Grounds.  This attractive ball features red paint, with black painted lettering reading:  Harvard 7 Yale 2, Polo Grounds, New York, June 29th 1907.  The above newsclipping from a June 30th 1907 newspaper article details the game, calling the game the Baseball Championship.  The ball does exhibit some paint chipping in areas, but still has a fabulous look.
$500.00 - Sold Pending Payment






 Circa 1920's Gem Mint W.H. Brine Junior Official League Baseball with its original box.  This ball was recently discovered stored in its box in a Massachusetts attic, and undoubtedly never saw any use.  The ball is a bright white, with tight red and blue stitching.  The ball is marked Junior Official League, with the W.H. Brine makers mark above the sweet spot  (the W.H. is not faded at all; the flash of my camera makes it appear so in one image).  The box is does not equal the ball in terms of condition, but it is still very presentable.  The box is missing its top flaps, and some of its paper label.  This ball is slightly undersized as compared to a standard baseball (which is illustrated in one photo in comparison to a standard sized antique baseball).  Balls from W.H. Brine are very hard to find in general, but one in such immaculate condition is extraordinary.
No Longer Available.




1909 Brasher of St Lawrence - Franklin Counties League of New York Trophy Red and Black Lace Baseball.  The ball is neatly decorated with Brasher's scores, as well as their 1909 15 and 5 win loss record, and the team's roster including captain and manager.  The ball has scores of Brasher versus such teams as Brushton, Malone, Tupper Lake, St. Regis Falls, Potsdam, Canton, and Massena.  The ball also has the notation: Season of '09.  The ball has some toning, but is neatly decorated, and has a great look.
$300.00



1911 University of Pennsylvania versus Lehigh University Painted Figure Eight Style Trophy Baseball.  This ball has been painted in Lehigh's Brown and White Colors, and has the date and score painted in gold paint.  The game took place on March 28th 1911 and Penn would defeat Lehigh 3 to 0.  It was typical for winning teams to pain trophy balls in the colors of their defeated foe.  The ball has a small piece of antique white tape applied on one area, but otherwise in in excellent condition.  A beautiful early painted trophy baseball.
$450.00





1933 Newark Bears Signed Spalding Official National League and International League Red and Blue Stitched ball.  This attractive ball features strong Spalding markings, and has a Charles Knapp, President of the International League, facsimile signature stamp.  This ball features 21 signatures, with a few being light and difficult to read, but the vast majority are legible.  Many of the players who signed the ball would later appear with the New York Yankees, the most notable being Red Rolfe.  Some of the signatures included on the ball are Red Rolfe, Al Mamaux, John Murphy, Marv Olson,  William Eisemann, Jim Weaver, Roy Shalk,  Johnny Broaca, and Jim Weaver.  A great looking early Spalding International League ball.
$300.00



Beautiful 1940 Spalding Official National League Ford C Frick Baseball that likely was used in a fundraising All Star game in 1940.  This beauty is creamy white, with tight red stitching.  The opposite sweet spot from the Ford C Frick Facsimile is inked: "All Star Game Finnish Relief Fund Tampa, FLA. March 17, 1940"  This All Star Game was played to raise money for Finland which had been invaded by the Soviet Union months earlier.  The All Star Game was staged during Spring Training and featured many greats including Joe Dimaggio, Ted Williams, Hank Greenberg, Jimmy Foxx, Mel Tot, Bob Feller, and others.  This is a great looking ball, with a great connection to an All Star game staged during the early stages of WWII.
INV#0465
$400.00




Circa 1910 Biddle Sporting Goods of Philadelphia Red and Blue Stitched Baseball.  This attractive ball features tight stitching and very strong markings.  There is a period inked marking on its sweet spot reading solo.  An attractive early baseball from an uncommon maker.
$300.00




Circa 1930's to 1940's Worth Brand Faultless Model Undersized Baseball.  This ball features a silver toned leather covering, and likely was a model used for night baseball games.  The ball features Faultless along its sweet spot, as well as a Worth maker's mark, and a No 73-1 model number.  The ball features tight red stitching, and is in fantastic condition.
$150.00




1931 Newark Bears Signed Spalding Official National League and International League Red and Blue Stitched ball.  This attractive ball features strong Spalding markings, and has a Charles Knapp, President of the International League, facsimile signature stamp.  The ball features 18 signatures, some of which are light and difficult to read.  Some of the signatures I can make out are Dusty Cooke, Bob Barrett, Earl Clark, Al Mamaux, Ike Boone, and Tony Rensa.  The Ike Boone signature is part of a notation reading: From Ike Boone, Newark Ball Club, 1931.  While some of the signatures are light, the ball features strong Spalding markings, and is a very attractive International League Ball.
$300.00



Circa 1910 Brown Stitching Dead Ball Era Baseball.  This early baseball has a brown stitching which is broken at one site.  The ball exhibits a good deal of use/wear.
$80.00




Beautiful Early 1900's Mint Unused Harwood Brand Dandy Model Baseball.  This is a slightly undersized baseball with very strong markings, and tight stitching.  A fantastic looking early Harwood baseball.
$275.00





1943 Worth Brand Alaska Coast Guard Baseball Team Trophy Baseball.  This great ball features strong Worth markings, and bright white leather and tight red stitching.  The ball has scores of 2 Coast Guard baseball games, as well as the roster of the team, and the notations "South Eastern Alaska Champs" and "Alaska "43""  A great piece of vintage baseball and military memorabilia.
Sold.



1930's Worth Brand Playground League Baseball.  This great looking ball has the title on its sweet spot "Playground League Soft Ball - Genuine Horsehide cover", but the ball is the size of a standard baseball.  These outerseam more rugged style balls were typically made in softball size, so this one is more of a rarity.  Just as rare, is the fact that its Worth markings are still bold.  Neat little early baseball.
$150.00




Circa 1910 Amherst Trophy Red and Black Stitch Baseball.  The ball features writing on the sweet spot, which reads "Amherst vs. S____".  The second name is difficult to make out, but appears to be South or something similar.  A nice early game ball with a wonderful aged patina.
$100.00




Circa 1920 Thos. E. Wilson Brand Red and Black Stitch Baseball.  This attractive ball features a still legible Wilson mark on one panel, and features tight stitching throughout.  The baseball does exhibit some overall wear, but has a great look.
INV#1045
$135.00



Monster Sized Circa 1920's 14 inch Spalding Playground Ball with a very rare and unusual center seam.  This great ball is shown above next to standard sized soft balls and baseballs, showing its enormity.  It features still legible Spalding marks with Official Playground ball at its sweet spot.  The best feature of the ball is the red and blue stitched center seam that wraps around 2/3rds of its waistline.  There is a small area of discoloration/residue that possibly be cleaned off (I have not tried).  A rare style oversized Spalding ball.
$125.00
  


Circa 1920's Lively League Model Red and Blue Stitch Baseball.  This ball features "Lively League" across its sweet spot, and is made of a more suede type of leather.  Interesting looking early baseball.
$100.00
 
The Baseballs below have been sold in the past.


Circa 1920 Spalding Brand Official National League Baseball used by the Parkesburg Iron Company PICO's baseball team.  The Parkesburg PICO's were a company team that was wildly popular in the Philadelphia area and existed from the 1917 to 1921 timeframe.  They hosted several professional, barnstorming, and negro league teams for exhibition games, with teams including the Yankees, Boston Redsox, Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Cuban Stars, and many more.  Some of the stars that visited the PICO field ball park for games include Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Casey Stengel, and Oscar Charleston to name a few.  The ball is decorated on all panels, with stamped P.I.C.O markings.  The ball came from the estate of a former PICO player with a uniform which unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to purchase.  Great early Spalding ball with a connection to the early barnstorming days of baseball.
INV#0383
SOLD



Circa 1910 Bailey & Himes Brand Red & Black Stitch Dead Ball Era Baseball.  This ball features the makers mark of Bailey & Himes Sporting Goods of Champaign Illinois and has Official League Ball stamped across its sweet spot.  The ball has a beautiful patina, and features tight stitching.  Great early baseball form a rare maker.
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1930 Spalding Red and Blue Stitch National League Phillies versus Cardinals game used baseball.  According to the period notations, this ball was a homerun ball caught by a fan at this June 2 1930 game, in which the Phillies beat the Cardinals 9 to  6.  One panel has the notation "Phillies - St Louis Home Run June 2nd 1930", then on the sweet spot is a notation reading "Hit by Chick Hafey".  The boxscore from this game shows Chick Hafey with a homerun and 3 rbi's.  The Spalding mark is very faded but noticeable on one panel.  There is also a name (Edith) written on another panel.  The ball shows great patina and toning, and all of its stitching is tight and in very nice condition.  A great period game ball, that was likely a fan caught home run ball!
INV#0507
SOLD




Circa 1900 Harwood Brand Undersized "Boss" Model Baseball.  This neat little ball measures 8.25 inches in circumference, and has a yellow-tan covering, with tight stitching.  It has the unmistakable Harwood circular logo, with "BOSS" marked along its sweet spot.  A rare undersized Harwood brand ball in fabulous condition.
INV#0523
SOLD


Beautiful 1930's Peerless Sporting Goods Banner Brand National League Baseball.  This ball has strong bold markings, and creamy white leather.  There is one name written on the ball above its makers mark, but does not detract from the outstanding condition of this likely unused 1930's baseball.
SOLD



Circa 1910 Reach Red & Blue Stitch Baseball with original box.  The ball features bold stampings, and tight stitching.  There are areas of abrasions and leather loss on some areas of the baseball, however when displayed with the markings pointing forward, these areas of damage are harder to discern.  The box has some flaws as well; it is missing its lid and has some areas of paperloss.  Together, albeit not perfect, this pair make a nice display, and are an affordable version of this sought after Reach official American League baseball.
INV#0528
Sold.



1926 Spalding Official Mid Atlantic League Red and Black Stitch Baseball signed by Fred Doringer, President of the Fairmont Black Diamonds baseball team.  The ball is an official Spalding National League baseball, with the facsimile signature of Elmer Dailey, President of the Mid Atlantic League.  Also in Blue ink on the sweet spot, President and Chairman of Mid Atlantic League Schedule Committee Fred Doringer has signed his name as well as Pres. Fairmont 1926.  The ball has a phenomenal look, and is a rare early Mid Atlantic league baseball.
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1928 Philadelphia Athletics Team Signed Spalding Official National League Ball, with 8 Hall of Famers included!  The ball comes with a full letter of authenticity from JSA (James Spence Authentication).  The 8 Hall of Famers included on the ball are Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Jimmie Foxx, Connie Mack, Lefty Grove, Eddie Collins, Mickey Cochrane, and Al Simmons, with 26 signatures all together.  The ball itself is in beautiful condition with very creamy white leather, and is a red and black stitched Spalding John A Heydler Official National League baseball.  The signatures range from being strong bold signatures (the Connie Mack being the strongest) to some moderately faded signatures.  In general the signatures appear better in person than can be captured by my photography.  A beautiful team signed ball, that is jam packed with Hall of Famers!
INV#0506
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1931 Philadelphia Athletics versus Boston Red Sox Reach Official American League Barnard model Trophy baseball.  The ball features red and blue tight stitching, with ink inscription reading Athletics vs. Boston July 4 1931.  The ball features the classic Reach keystone mark, and features a faint but discernable Ernest Barnard facsimile signature.  The Athletics would win this game 6 to 2, behind rbi's by Jimmie Foxx and Al Simmons.  The ball shows evidence of use with some scuffing in areas.  Overall, this American League used ball has a great look.
Sold.




Outstanding Circa 1918 to 1919 Spalding Official National League YMCA WWI Military Used Baseball.  These YMCA baseballs are very hard to find and extremely desirable, but what makes this one even more special is that the WWI American soldier owner inscribed the baseball in a beautiful iron oxidized period ink on the sweet spot.  The inscription reads: Sgt. Franklin A. Lovelace, Supply Co. 803rd Inf., France.  The ball shows some very minor use and toning, but still has very strong markings and tight stitching.  The ball features a red YMCA American France marking above the Official National League marking.  This phenomenal Spalding WWI Baseball is a great blend of antique baseball memorabilia and militaria.
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1897 Princeton versus Cornell Painted Figure Eight Style Trophy Baseball.  This ball has been painted an eggshell colored white, with red painted scores Princeton 15 Cornell 4.  This ball came with a trio of Princeton 1897 Trophy balls that all were painted in the colors of Princeton's defeat foes.  I will include a photocopy of the box score of this game (taken from the book Athletics at Princeton: A History).  Beautiful early painted trophy baseball.
INV#0376
Sold.




1860's 4 panel Lemon Peel Belt Style Baseball with significant period repairs.
SOLD


1897 Princeton versus Georgetown Painted Figure Eight Style Trophy Baseball.  This ball has been painted a green color with gray painted scores Princeton 15 Georgetown 7.  This ball came with a trio of Princeton 1897 Trophy balls that all were painted in the colors of Princeton's defeat foes.  I will include a photocopy of the box score of this game (taken from the book Athletics at Princeton: A History).  Beautiful early painted trophy baseball.
INV#0375
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1890's Rocket Model Undersized Baseball with tight Blue Stitching.  This attractive 19th century baseball has a circumference of 8 inches.  Although the camera flash makes it tougher to read than it actually is, the ball has blue stamped ROCKET across the sweet spot.  A great undersized 19th century baseball.
Sold.



Circa 1890's to 1900 Reach Champion Model Baseball.  This ball features CHAMPION across its sweet spot, with the classic Reach logo above it.  This ball has a great patina and overall great look.
Sold.



Circa 1850's to 1860's Large Sized High Quality Lemon Peel Baseball.  This stunning relic has an 8.5 inch circumference and weighs 3.2 ounces.  This ball is composed of 2 leather panels, with most of the seams having a professional hidden seam style stitching.  One of these hidden seams has a period hand sewn and well done stitched repair.  The ball has survived in beautiful condition, and is one of the finest quality lemon peel baseballs I've ever handled, given its large size and professional quality stitching.  This civil war era baseball relic would be a centerpiece to any collection.
INV#1048
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Great 1945 Worth Official League ball that was likely used by WWII Navy personnel stationed at Pearl Harbor.  The ball has the notation "Pearl Harbor Hawaii 1944-45" on its sweet spot.  Then there is the notation: To our Pal (Gas Pipe) Joe" with 3 names and hometowns signed/listed on the ball.  This is a great looking early 1940's Worth brand ball, with an even better WWII military connection.
INV#0509
SOLD

 

Early 1940's Reach Brand William Harridge Model United States Navy Baseball signed by Johnny Pesky.  This ball was likely used by a WWII Naval Personnel at Pearl Harbor (this ball came from the same estate as the Pearl Harbor ball above).   The ball features still legible Reach logo and Harridge facsimile autograph markings as well as the stamping U.S.N.  Just below the U.S.N. are bold signatures of Johnny Pesky and an unknown signer.  Pesky joined the navy in 1942, training alongside fellow RedSox player Ted Williams.  Pesky later was stationed at Pearl Harbor until the end of WWII, and served as player manager of the Naval Air Station Honolulu’s baseball team.  Great early signed baseball with a neat WWII connection.
INV#0510
No Longer Available.



Circa 1920 Unger's Brand Red and Green Stitch Baseball.  This attractive ball features Official League across its sweet spot.  The baseball does exhibit some overall wear, but has a great look.
INV#1045
Sold.



Circa 1918 to 1927 Victor Wright and Ditson Red and Green Stitch Baseball.  This attractive ball features the winged baseball logo, with some moderate scuffing, and has Official Major League across its sweet spot.
Sold.




Circa 1920 to 1929 Spalding Official National League Baseball with Texas League markings, and its original accompanying box.  This beautiful baseball is stamped with the facsimile signature of J. Doak Roberts, who was the president of the Texas League from 1920 to 1929.  The baseball features creamy white leather, tight red and blue stitching, and strong markings.  The box is not perfect, as it does have some moderate tears, but it is great it has survived to accompany this beautiful baseball. 
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Spectacular Circa 1935 House of David Team Signed Passon Sporting Goods Eddie Gottlieb Signature Model Baseball.  The baseball itself is as neat as the signatures of the whiskered ball players.  The ball was made by Passon Sporting Goods, and across its sweet spot is marked Philadelphia League Ball, Edward Gottlieb, Pres.  Harry Passon and Eddie Gottlieb were the founders of the Philadelphia Jewish SPHAS basketball team, and were both heavily involved in negro league and barnstorming baseball within the Philadelphia area.  The baseball features 14 House of David Baseball player signatures including:  Milton Rangnow (Captain), John Carney, Jimmie Woods, Henry Zip Sloan, Harold Bennett, Charley "Moose" Swaney, Matt Ramsey, Howard Shawdon, Mike Janesko, Bob Cummings, Lew Castina, Harry Forman, George During, and 1 unidentiable.  This House of David barnstorming team lead by the battery of Swaney and Rangnow played many prominent teams including the Lou Gehrig lead New York Yankees and the Negro League Philadelphia Stars (see above box scores).  Overall a neat piece of Philadelphia sports and barnstorming baseball history.
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Antique Smaller Sized Worth Special Yellow with Blue Stitching Baseball.  This ball has still very legible stampings with the Worth Special Mark and No 83-1.   This ball is a smaller sized ball with a circumference of 8.25 inches.  Great looking Worth Ball. 
 INV#0384
SOLD



Beautiful Turn of the Century A.J. Reach Scout League Model 9B Undersized Baseball Unopened in its Sealed original Reach Box.  The box is in immaculate condition, including its intact paper band which wraps around the box.  The paper band is splitting at one corner, but is still intact.  The box measures 2 and 3/4 inches square, and the ball would be an undersized baseball similar in size to the Rocket model ball below.  This scarce unopened Reach beauty would make a great addition to any collection.
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1931 Penn State University versus Temple University Spalding Official National League Trophy Baseball.  This beautiful baseball features red and black stitching, as well as 2 Spalding logos, Official National League on the sweet spot, and a facsimile John Heydler signature.  The score of the game is written on 1 panel: State 2 Temple 1, as well as the notation: "This ball on a single by Diedrich in the last half of the 9th brought in Livezey with the winning run 6/6/31."  John "Jack" Livezey was the captain of the 1931 PSU baseball team and also lettered in football.  Great looking Spalding baseball with a neat Penn State connection. 
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1929 University of Vermont versus Williams College Painted Game Trophy Baseball.  This ball seems to have 2 layers of paint, with 2 different shades of purple.  The ball also has a small hole in its top, which was probable made for suspension in a trophy case.  The ball has the score and year painted on the front panel, with Vermont the victor in an 8 to 4 score.  The outer paint later does exhibit some paint chipping  Attractive early trophy baseball.  Sold.



1904 Georgetown versus Yale Painted Trophy Figure Eight Style Baseball.  This ball has been painted a greenish-blue color, with white painted text reading: Geo'Town Field April 25 1904 Georgetown 8 Yale 6.  The ball has a fabulous patina, and is a great looking turn of the century painted trophy baseball.
Sold.
 


1928 New York Giants versus Chicago Cubs Spalding National League Red and Black Stitch Game Worn Baseball.  This ball has period inked notation reading Melvin Ott, June 3 1928, NY 10, Chi 5.  This notation does fit with a June 3rd game at the Polo Grounds in which the Giants behind Freddie Fitzsimmons beat the Cubs 10-5.  The ball features faded but still legible (more so in person than readable with my camera flash) Spalding markings, and had tight red and black stitching.  A neat 1920's game used Spalding baseball.
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