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Circa 1922 or 1923 University of Minnesota Coach and Player Signed Spalding J5 Melon Football with autographs of Minnesota Golden Gopher Coach W.H. Spaulding and others.  This ball predates inflation valves, and would have had to be unlaced in order to inflate its bladder.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one, and the ball displays beautifully.  The ball features a legible but faded Spalding and J5 mark, and features autographs on the opposite side.  The most clear and large autograph is that of W.H. Spaulding, who coached Western State Normal from 1907 to1921, then the University of Minnesota from 1922 to 1924, and finally UCLA from 1925 to 1938.  There another 4 or 5 signatures, and likely more that faded over the years.  One other autograph that I could make out is that of Fred Oster, who played at Minnesota from 1922 to 1923.  I could not match the other signatures to anyone on the 1923 team, and I did not have a 1922 roster to compare to, so this is likely a 1922 football.  A fantastic looking early Spalding J5, with a great University of Minnesota connection.
$800.00




Circa 1900 Very Bulbous Blunt Ended Melon Football.  This ball features blunt ends, and has a very rotund shape, with a end over end circumference of 29 inches and a circumference over its center of 23.75 inches.  This ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced, and is in excellent condition with soft and supple leather.  The ball does not have any makers mark discernable, but it does bear Spalding's classic wavy stitching pattern around its laces.  This is fantastic early football and melon footballs of this quality are rarely offered.
$800.00





1930 University of Pittsburgh Football Team Signed Spalding J5 Football.  This great ball has a very strong Spalding J5 mark, and has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one.  The ball predates inflation valves and would have had to be unlaced to be reinflated.  The ball has a notation on one panel reading "To Don and Joe Brown with Best Wishes of the University of Pittsburgh team, September 14, 1930."  The ball features strong autographs of the team on the other  panels.  This ball originates from the Helm's Museum in Los Angeles, and I would speculate that this ball was given to Actor and Comedian Joe E. Brown by the Pitt football team.  Joe E Brown was one of America's most popular comedians of the 1930's and he had two sons, Don and Joe, and Brown likely had the ball signed for them.  A fantastic early team signed Pitt Panthers football.
$800.00





1920's South Bend Indiana South Bend School Field Dedication Game Trophy Score Noted and Team Signed Metal Valve Style Football.  This fantastic football has on one panel the following inscription:  "South Bend School Field, Dedication Game, South Bend 31 Michigan City 12".  I have found newspapers archives discussing South Bend School Field in the late 1920s and 1930's, but cannot find the date the field was constructed.  Based on the style of the football, I would estimate this ball to hail from around 1925.  The other panels of the football feature assorted autographs.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced, and this ball originally utilized a metal valve, but a modern rubber valve is now present to allow for the use of a new bladder and for inflation.  A fantastic looking early football from Notre Dame country.
$450.00





Circa 1910 A. J. Reach 53R Model Melon Style Football.  This great early football features soft and supple leather, and has a very strong embossed Reach mark.  The ball has an end over end circumference of 28 inches and a circumference over its center of 23 inches.  This ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced.  A fantastic looking early A.J. Reach football.
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Circa 1910 to 1920 A. J. Reach 5M Model Melon Style Football.  This ball features soft and suppple leather, and has a very strong embossed Reach mark.  This ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced and it does exhibit some minor discoloration in areas, but is in overall very nice condition. The ball has an end over end circumference of 27 inches and a circumference over its center of 21.25 inches. 
$500.00





1934 Goldsmith Brand Trophy Football.  This beauty features strong Goldsmith markings, and features a para valve, with the metal valves of the late 1920's  being phased out.  The ball features soft and supple leather, and has had its deteriorated bladder replaced.  On one of its panel's the ball has an orange S, flanked by the year 1934.  On another panel, are names/signatures of members of a team, but some of the names are difficult to discern, and I could not match them up to a specific team with my limited research.  This beautiful 1930's football has a phenomenal look. 
$350.00




Superb 1917 Lafayette versus Muhlenberg Trophy Football that was reused by  Bethlehem High School in 1933.  This ball predates inflation holes and would have be unlaced to be re-inflated.  The ball has soft and supple leather, and has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one.  One panel of the ball has the following score marked:  Muhlenberg 6 Lafayette 0 1917.  Another panel has marked BHS 1933, with some faded signatures present.  It is definitely a sign of the times, that an older style football would be reused 17 years later by a high school.  Perhaps lack of funding for the high school's athletics, led to such a recycling of an earlier style pigskin.  The football features a wavy style stitching pattern around the laces, and while there is no discernible maker's mark, this pattern was used most often for Spalding J5 model footballs.  A neat vintage football.
400.00





Very Neat 1920 University of Detroit versus Bethany College Trophy Spalding J5 Football display made into a wall hanging display.  This neat football is actually the top half of a Spalding J5 football, that has been molded around a piece of wood for hanging purposes.  The football has been painted a dark green color, with black lettering reading: 1920 Detroit 6, Bethany - (score illegible).  Research in Dick Houlgate's "A Football Thesaurus" book reveals that Bethany (of West Virginia) defeated Detroit 9 to 6.   A very interesting early trophy football display.
INV#1024
$300.00




1939 Delaware Area Painted Spalding Brand High School Football Trophy Football.  This attractive ball has alternating painted panels colored light gray and dark navy blue.  The ball has a Spalding mark still legible under its paint.  The ball is in very nice condition, with some minor cracking to the paint in areas, and it's bladder holds air.  The ball is painted with a 1939 score between Wilmington High School and P.S. Dupont High School.  A very attractive early painted trophy football.
$300.00




Late 1930's to Early 1940's W Brand Intercollegiate Football.  This football features a W inside a diamond makers mark that I have not encountered before.  Above this maker's mark is an Intercollegiate marking.  An attractive vintage pigskin.
INV#1020
$160.00



Antique Late 1920's to early 1930's Leather Football.  This ball features a round maker's mark that is no longer readable, but given its lacing pattern I believe it is a Reach brand pigskin.  The ball has some dry areas of leather, but still displays nicely.
INV#1019
$200.00
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Circa 1910 7 Lace Melon Ball with Unique Asymmetrical Stitching Style.  This attractive ball features a makers mark that I cannot completely discern, but it does have Made In USA at its top.  The ball has a unique factory stitching pattern around the laces, with a rounded shape on one side, and a pointed shape on the other.   The ball has an end over end circumference of 27.25 inches, with an around the center circumference of 23 inches.    The ball has moderately blunted ends, and has had its deteriorated bladder replace with a new one.  Attractive early pigskin.
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Mid 1920's Penco Sporting Goods Metal Valve Melon Shaped football with its original attractive box.  This ball was discovered never used in its box, and has been filled with a filler to permanently maintain its shape, and also allow its original metal valve to be displayed.  The ball has a very bulbous shape, and this style metal valve was the first type of inflation valve to be used in footballs (previously they would have had to be unlaced to inflate them), and these metal valves came on the scene around the mid 1920's.  The box features a great leather helmet clad receiver about to hall in a pass on its cover, and Penco Sporting Goods marked on one end.  The box has some condition issues, but has been shrink wrapped with some internal support to help maintain its condition.  The ball is a beauty, and has a model number 2465WB noticeable.  Attractive 1920's football and box combo.
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Circa 1910 Reach Brand Melon Football.  This ball has a great bulbous melon shape, and it features a faded but legible Reach logo with the classic keystone design.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one, and the ball has a great look.  The measurements of this beauty are  a 22 3/4 inch center circumference, a 28 1/4 inch lengthwise circumference, and an overall approximate length of 11 inches.  One panel has the inked notation Jr. School L Neidich.  This beautiful melon ball came from a Peekskill NY estate, and is a great relic from the early days of football.
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Very Attractive 1926 Spalding Model J5 Trophy Football from a game between Williamsport Dickinson Seminary (now Lycoming College) and the Cornell Freshman team.  The ball has a very nice Spalding mark, and this beauty is a rare one year style, as J5's were only produce in a 6 lace pattern for one year in 1926.   The ball has the score in faded but very legible paint on one panel: WDS 13 Cornell Frosh 0.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced.  The ball has a rich mahogany patina, and it display beautifully, with the only flaw being some paint on the bottom of it which does not show when displayed.  Great early Spalding pigskin. 
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Early Wright & Ditson and Victor Company Youth Sized Melon Football.  This little beauty has a rich chocolate brown patina, with a very large and bold makers mark, with the Winged Victor Sporting Goods mark with the model number 52.  This ball is a smaller sized bulbous melon ball with a center circumference of 20.5 inches, and a lengthwise circumference of 24 inches.  The ball has metal grommets for the lacing, and has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with filler to permanently retain its shape.  This super attractive melon ball has the nicest makers mark I've ever encountered on an early football, and would be a great addition to any collection.
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1938 Little Army Navy Game Goldsmith Brand Painted Trophy Football.  The Little Army Navy game was a football game played between Admiral Farragut Naval Academy and LaSalle Military Academy.  This ball has been painted with the score of the 1938 game.  The ball came from a group of trophy footballs which were presented to Mrs. Robinson, the wife of Admiral Robinson who had founded Admiral Farragut Academy in 1933.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one.  The ball bears a Goldsmith mark around its inflation valve, and the model number X5L on the opposite panel.  A beautiful Goldsmith painted trophy ball!
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Circa 1890's Very Blunt Nosed Rounded Melon Style Football.  This beauty features the wavy stitching pattern around the lacing that is a classic trait of Spalding footballs.  The ball does exhibit the vestiges of a circular logo on one panel that is likely a Spalding trademark, but unfortunately time has made impossible to identify.  The measurements of this beauty are  a 23 inch center circumference, a 28  inch lengthwise circumference.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one, allowing it to display beautifully.  The leather is soft and supple, and the ball exhibits a rich chocolate mahogany color.  These blunt nosed melon balls are very tough to come by, and this is an outstanding example.
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Outstanding 1927 Pitt vs Penn Statue Trophy Spalding J5 Football.  This beauty is a rare 6 lace style Spalding model J5, a one year style only produced in 1926.  The football has the year 1927 written on it in black ink, as well as a game score Pitt 30, Penn State 0.  With still soft and supple leather, this ball displays beautifully, having a rich mahogany color.  The ball has had it's deteriorated bladder replaced.  This Pitt PSU game was the final game of the season and was played in Pittsburgh.  This great looking ball originated from the estate of  Pitt player Arthur Allen "Dick" Booth, who was fullback and kicker for the Pitt Panthers in 1927.   This great early pigskin would be a welcome addition to any collection; especially for a Pitt or PSU collector.    SOLD



1952 Thorp Sporting Goods Bert Bell Commissioner Detroit Lions versus Dallas Texans NFL Presentation Game Used Football.  This beautiful ball was used in the November 16, 1952 game in which the Detroit Lions beat the Dallas Texans 43-13 (this score and date are painted on the ball).  The ball is an NFL game ball made by the Thorp Sporting Goods Company with Bert Bell's facsimile signature present.  The ball has another painted panel with paint lettering reading "USMC Drum Bugle Corp from Worlds Professional Champions"  The Lions were the 1952 NFL Champions, and my theory is that the Lions presented this game ball to the Drum Bugle Corp for their halftime performance at this November 16 game.  These Thorp Bert Bell game balls are very rare, and fact that this one is a painted presentation ball makes it a very special piece of NFL memorabilia. 
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Early 1920's Howard "Nig" Berry Endorsed Munro Streamlined Brand Rare Style Football.  Joe Howard  Berry was a star football player at the University of Pennsylvania in 1916, then went on to be a player/coach of the professional Conshohocken AC Football team, as well as playing for the Rochester Jeffersons in 1921, and the Frankford Yellowjackets in 1922.  At the same time, Berry also played Major League Baseball as a 2nd baseman for the New York Giants in 1921 and 1922.  Berry earned legendary football status in Philadelphia at around the 1920 time frame, so it is not surprising he earned this endorsement with Munro.  As was common during the early 20th century with athletes, Berry's darker caucasian complexion earned him the racist nickname "Nig".  Despite it being a common nickname and the 1920's being an era where much more prejudice existed, I still find it surprising that a sporting goods company would consider the inclusion of such a nickname beneficial to their product.  This football is seemingly in unused condition, with the only flaw being the name Orbison written on it in one locale.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a filler to retain its shape.  The football features a very unique stitching pattern at its ends, which likely earned it its Streamlined moniker.  This is the only football of this style I've encountered, and likely wasn't a long surviving or very popular design.  A very rare style football endorsed by a prominent Philadelphia area athlete.
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Circa 1920 Peerless Sporting Goods Banner Brand Football.  This football predates inflation holes, and would need to be unlaced to have its bladder inflated or replaced.  It has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one.  The ball features a bold Banner makers mark, and the leather has some darkening in areas.  Overall this is a fabulous looking 1920's era football from a rare maker.
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Turn of the Century Reach Melon Football - Rugby Match model.  This early melon shaped football sports a prominent Reach logo, and has a great look.  The Rugby match model was an American football model, and was one notch below Reach's Intercollegiate model.  Had bladder replaced with a filler to permanently hold its shape.    SOLD



1939 Little Army Navy Game Painted Trophy Football with custom presentation base.  The Little Army Navy game was a football game played between Admiral Farragut Naval Academy and LaSalle Military Academy.  This ball has been painted with the score of the 1939 game, as well as signed by the entire 1939 Admiral Farragut football team.  The ball rests upon a custom metal (silver plate?) and celluloid base, with the engraving: Presented to Mrs. S. S. Robinson By Little Army-Navy Champs 1939.  Mrs. Robinson was the wife of Admiral Robinson who had founded Admiral Farragut Academy in 1933.  The ball has its original laces, and was at some point in the distant past stuffed with a heavy filler, which has maintained its shape beautifully.  The ball features vestiges of what was likely a circular Spalding mark, but it is very difficult to discern the markings.  Overall a beautifully decorated and signed trophy ball, with an equally attractive custom base.
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Very Attractive 1929 Navy Versus Dartmouth Spalding J5 Game Used Painted Trophy Football with custom made wood display base.  The football has a black ornately painted area painted with the score (Navy 13 Dartmouth 6) and date (November 30 1929) of the game which was played at Franklin Field.  This was the final game of the season for the Navy Midshipmen.  The custom wooden base has an metal plaque attached which reads:  "Winning Ball Navy - Dartmouth, Presented to Mrs. Robinson by 1929 Navy Football Team."  Mrs. Robinson was the wife of Admiral Samuel Robinson who was the Superintendent of the Naval Academy in Annapolis from 1928 to 1931.  The football has a light but very discernable Spalding trademark and J5 marking.  This vintage pigskin has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one.  This is a beautifully decorated trophy ball, with an equally attractive custom base. 
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1890's Melon-shaped Football.  Beautiful chocolate brown leather melon football, that has that amazing blunt nosed shape common to the period.  The measurements of this beauty are  a 23 inch center circumference, a 28 1/2 inch lengthwise circumference, and an overall approximate length of 11 inches.  There is a marking on the ball that is difficult to discern but with magnification I was able to identify it as: Field Official.  I cannot find any other markings that could denote a maker, but Field Official is likely a model name, and further research might ascertain the maker with the help of 19th century catalogs.  This football has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a filler to permanently hold its shape.   Beautiful bulbous blunt ended early melon football.
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 Circa 1910 Spalding J5 Melon Style Football.  This ball has a very nice melon shape with great blunted ends.  The ball features a difficult to discern round Spalding logo, and has the classic wavy stitching pattern around the lacing that is a consistent with the Spalding J5 model football.  This ball predates inflation holes and would have be unlaced to be re-inflated.  The ball has soft and supple leather, and has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one.  Overall a great looking early melon style football.
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Beautiful Spalding Model C 1911 Patent Date Melon Shaped Football with its original Spalding box.  This beautiful ball has soft and supple leather, with bold markings including a 1911 Patent marking, a Spalding mark, and the No. C marking.  The ball has had its bladder replaced, and its original Spalding marked bladder neck is included within the box.  The packaging is equally attractive, with Spalding Rugby Football markings.  There is some minor loss of the paper labeling, which barely detracts form its great display quality.  Also within the box is a small paper sheet that instructs the football buyer on how to properly inflate his new ball; the bottom of the box also has instructions on how to properly lace the ball.  What a great pair of early Spalding football pieces!
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 Superb Circa 1890's Reach Rugby Match Model Blunt Ended Melon Football.   This early melon football features a prominent Reach logo, and has a phenomenal look.  The Rugby match model was an American football model, that was one notch below Reach's Intercollegiate model.  This ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced, and displays beautifully.  Blunt ended melon footballs are a true scarcity, and this example in such exemplary condition with a strong makers mark are beyond rare.  A centerpiece to any early football collection.
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Stunning 1940's Thorp Sporting Goods "Duke" Bert Bell signature NFL Game Football.  These Thorp Sporting Goods NFL game balls are very scarce, and this is the nicest I have ever encountered.  The ball features soft and supple leather, with bold markings, and fully retains air.  Bert Bell was the commissioner of the NFL from 1946 until his death in 1959, and this ball likely dates to the late 1940's.  A beautiful example of a rare style football.
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Early 1920's Spalding Joe Carr President model NFL Game Ball.  This is one of the most significant footballs I've had the opportunity to handle.  This ball predates inflation holes which came into fashion in the late 1920's, as this ball would need to be unlaced to be reinflated.  The ball features a circular Spalding makers mark on one panel, with the words National Professional Football League flanking it within the outer circle.  The opposite panel has Joe Carr's facsimile signature, with the title of President below his signature.  Joe Carr took over the reigns as the fledgling NFL's president in 1922, taking over for Jim Thorpe, and remained commissioner until 1939.  With the Joe Carr President marking and the lack of the inflation hole, this ball dates to the early to mid 1920's.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one, but I have saved the old bladder, which is show above, and it will come along with this great football.  I have never encountered or seen offered for sale an NFL game ball from this era, and if one exists it likely resides in Canton.  Who know what NFL legends carried this ball during the 1920's? Grange, Thorpe, Nevers, Driscoll, Lambeau?  This ball is not only a great Spalding pigskin relic, but just a fabulous piece of NFL history. 
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Circa 1880's Round 6 Paneled Association Style Football.  This is the style of football used in American football prior to the move towards the rugby style football that started to become popular in the early 1880's.  This early  ball features a round maker's mark, that I believe under magnification is a Spalding mark.  I also believe that the lettering around the inside circle reads Association Ball but wear makes reading it with any degree of certainty nearly impossible.  An early Spalding guide I have in my library lists 4 different sized Association balls being available, and this ball with its 27 inch circumference corresponds with the model 5A.  The ball features 6 panels that come together at the ends in a 1 inch seam.  These balls were sold as capped and uncapped styles, and this one would be an uncapped style; the cap referring to a circular leather patch sewn over where the 6 panels meet.  It is a capped style Association football that is on the cover of late 1870's Yale and Harvard football programs, as seen above.  As can be seen in the above photo with a basketball, this association ball is a little smaller, and slightly more oblong than early basketballs.  When I found this ball, it was filled with a straw filler, and I had a bladder placed into the ball to better fill out its shape.  Overall a great, and very rare style of early football.
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Beautiful Late 1920's Metal Valve Style Football.  This ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one, as well as its metal valve replace with a modern one to allow for inflation.  There is a makers mark present, that I cannot quite make out, but there is a very discernable model number 5G.  This ball has a great look.  Sold.



1919 AEF Military Tournament Trophy football.  The ball is decorated with the following:  89th Division - 13 St. Nazaire (SOS) - 0, March 14 1919, Paris Elimination Series.   The football features an early YMCA logo.  As WWI ended, the US Military worked hard to keep its forces occupied and entertained, and a huge football tournament was started with over 75,000 American soldiers participating.  These football games took place in Paris, and the 89th Division eventually won the AEF Championship over the 36th Division, in front of a large crowd which included General Pershing.  The 89th Division was lead by Potsy Clark who went on to be a NFL head coach for Portsmouth, Detroit and Brooklyn.  Potsy Clark scored the 2 touchdowns in this Semi-final game versus St. Nazaire.  The YMCA supplied all of the athletic equipment for the AEF tourney, which explains the makers mark on this ball.  This amazing football has a great patina, and has had the bladder replaced with a filler to permanently maintain its shape.  What an amazing piece of football and American military history.   Sold.


Late 1920's Spalding J5 Valve Type Football.  This ball features the classic Spalding wavy stitching pattern, and does have a faint round Spalding logo with J5 underneath on one panel.  This marking is difficult to see, and even more difficult to photograph, but it is there.  The ball has a nice shape, and the ball has a beautiful mahogany toned patina.
No Longer Available.



Circa 1910 8 Lace Melon Football by unknown maker.  This bulbous melon football has a great patina, and has a makers mark that I am unfamiliar with.  The mark is faded, but I can discern a square logo with what appears to be the image of a kicking football player, with a word starting with "UNIT" below it.  Above the square logo is a word that starts with "WATE" and below this is a patent date that is not completely discernable.  The ball has moderately blunted ends, and has had its deteriorated bladder replace with a new one.  Great looking early melon ball!
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Early 1890's Blunt Nosed Buckskin Leather Melon Football.  This beautiful football relic features a barely  discernable Victor marking, and is the 2nd Victor ball I've encountered that has metal grommets for the laces.  The ball features soft and supple suede like buckskin.  This melon features a lengthwise circumference of 27.5 inches, a center circumference of 23.25 inches, and an overall length of approximately 10.5 inches.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a filler to permanently retain its bulbous shape.  These blunt nosed true melon balls are very hard to find, and this is a very strong example.
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Circa 1930's Rawlings Collegiate Model 10 lace Football.  This football has the Rawlings Collegiate mark with the model number 60S.  This football has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one, and although it bears some battle scars, it has a great look.
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Circa 1900 Youth Sized Blunt Ended Melon Football.  This attractive little melon ball has a very bulbous nature with blunt ends.  It does not have any discernable makers mark, but is in overall very nice condition with soft and supple leather.  The ball has been stuffed with a filler to permanently maintain its shape.  It has a middle (perpendicular to the laces) circumference of 20 inches, and an end over end circumference of 24 inches.  The smaller size of this ball likely makes it a turn of the century youth model football, and it is a very attractive early melon football.
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Scarce Late 1940's Thorp Sporting Goods White Leather Bert Bell Commissioner Model "The Duke" Official Night Game NFL Football.  Bert Bell model Thorp Sporting goods footballs are rare as it is, but these white leather night game balls are nearly impossible to find.  Usually when you find these balls, they were used to obtain autographs due to their white color.  This ball is untainted by autographs, and appears just as it would have 65 years ago flying through a dark autumn sky into the hands of a receiver.  The ball has a bold Thorp Sporting Goods logo, as well as Bert Bell's facsimile signature.  The opposite panel has "The Duke" marking, and the ball has black stripes.  The ball has some mild cracking to its surface, but overall the leather is very soft, and the ball does hold air.  This is the first time I've had the pleasure to handle one of these scarce white leather Thorp Sporting goods balls, and this ball would be an outstanding addition to any collection.
INV#0800
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Circa 1900 Victor Sporting Goods Blunt Ended Melon Football.  This early pigskin features a strong Victor Sporting Goods winged makers mark, as well as a model number RA100.  The leather is in very nice condition and it is soft and flexible.  The ball has been stuffed with some sort of filler, to permanently retain its shape.  This ball has a middle (perpendicular to the laces) circumference of 21 inches, and an end over end circumference of 26 inches.  Early Melon footballs that still retain their makers marks are very hard to come by, and this is a very nice example.
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Superb 1960's Thorp Sporting Goods "The Duke" Pete Rozelle Facsimile signature model NFL Game Ball.  This early 1960's NFL Game ball is in beautiful condition with soft unscuffed leather, white laces, and its bladder holds air.  This ball would have been used in the NFL sometime between 1960 and 1966.  These early Thorp Sporting Goods NFL footballs are hard to find, and this is a nice as they come.
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 1954 University of Michigan Wolverines Team Signed Rawlings Football.  This ball features about 45 bold signatures including Coach Bennie Oosterbaan, Captain Ted Cachey, future NFL Packers All Pro Ron Kramer, All-American Art Walker, and many more.  The ball is a Rawlings model AB football, and has a faded black painted M below the manufacturer's mark.  Also stamped onto the football is W. Henry Hatch Ann Arbor Michigan.  Henry Hatch was the University of Michigan Equipment Manager from 1921 to 1964, and was elected into their Michigan's Athletic Hall of Honor.  I would theorize that this marking denotes the ball was Hatch's property, and likely the team gave him the signed ball as a gift.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one, and is in very nice condition.  A great early team signed Michigan ball.  Sold.



1948 United States Naval Academy versus Army Spalding J5-V Game Used Trophy Football.  This football hails from the estate of then Navy Coach George Sauer.  The ball has the Navy N and 1948 painted on it, as well as the score of the 1948 Army Navy Game which was 21-21.  The ball is also signed by the entire Navy football team.  The ball is not fully inflated, but retains its shape very well.  Great piece of football history from this legendary college football rivalry.
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Very Unique Turn of the Century 8 Paneled Blunt Ended 5 Lace Football.  This interesting ball does not have an inflation valve, and would have to be unlaced to be re-inflated.  I have encountered 6 and 8 panel footballs from the 1920's, but they are scarce, and this ball has a much earlier look.  The ball does not have any discernable maker's marks, and I cannot find anything similar in any of the early catalogs in my library.  The ball has been stuffed to permanently retain its bulbous shape, and it retains its original laces.  This ball has a 26 inch end over end circumference, with a 21.5 inch circumference along its center.  This is a rare and very unusual early football relic.
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Circa 1900 Very Bulbous Blunt Ended Probable Spalding Brand Melon Football.  This ball features blunt ends, and has a very rotund shape, with a end over end circumference of 28 inches and a circumference over its center of 23.75 inches.  The ball retains no discernable makers mark, but it does feature the classic Spalding wavy stitching pattern around its laces, and I can just make out what appears to be a J5 marking on one panel.  The ball has soft and supple leather and has been filled with a filler to permanently maintain its shape.  A very attractive turn of the century blunt ended melon football.
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Circa 1940's Spalding J5-V Yellow Leather Intercollegiate football.  This attractive ball features a strong Spalding mark, and has soft leather with a bladder that holds air.  This ball was possibly made for use in night games in college football.  A rare style Spalding football.
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Beautiful Circa 1910's Spalding J5 Melon Shaped Football.  This football originated from the estate of a University of Pittsburgh football player who graduated in 1918.  The football features a beautiful mahogany tone, and has a strong Spalding and J5 mark.  This ball predates exterior valve holes, and would have had to be unlaced to be able to be reinflated.  The ball features 7 laces with the classic Spalding wavy stitch pattern.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced, and the ball displays beautifully.
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Beautiful 1944 University of Michigan versus Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks Painted and Signed Spalding J5V Trophy Football.  The Iowa Pre-Flight Seahawks were the football team of one of the pre-flight schools created by the US Navy during WWII.  Playing at the University of Iowa, the Pre-Flight Seahawks existed from 1942 to 1944, and competed with the top teams in the country.  This ball has the date and score of the game painted on panel: the date being September 16, 1944 and the score Michigan 12 Seahawks 7.  This was actually the Seahawks only loss of the season, as they finished 10-1, including victories over Minnesota and Purdue.  In 1944, the Seahawks finished 6th in the overall Associated Press rankings, with Michigan finishing 8th.  The front of the panel features a Spalding makers mark, with the J5-V model number present.  This panel is also adorned with a large yellow Michigan M painted, and features several autographs as well.  This ball is in beautiful condition, with soft and supple leather, and it has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one.  A fantastic early trophy ball from two of the better college football teams of the period with a great WWII connection. 
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Beautiful Late 1920's Mint in the Box New Old Stock A.J. Reach Model 05 Exposed Metal Valve Football in its original box with its accessories.  This incredible football was never used, and likely never even had its bladder placed inside it or laced.  The lot includes the original box, the football, a Reach marked bladder that is still flexible, a Reach hangtag, a small flyer, and an envelope which includes a valve key, a metal nozzle, a metal attachment used to gauge the air pressure, and a lacing needle.  The football has soft and flexible leather, with a perfect large Reach logo.  The box is in very nice condition, but does exhibit some light discoloration in areas on its top, and has some splitting on one of the ends of the lid.  The envelope containing the valves, etc, does have a tear in it as well.  This is the nicest early football I have had the pleasure of coming across, and the fact that it has survived in its original box for over 85 years is amazing.  A fantastic addition to any collection.
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Circa 1910 Blunt Ended Melon Football and original Spalding No F Football Box.  This attractive married pairing is highlighted by a very colorful and beautifully conditioned Spalding Rugby Foot Ball box.  The box has No F marked on one of its end panels.  Spalding Model F was one of their Rugby footballs prior to 1911, and was then called their Spalding College Foot Ball after 1911.   The opposite end panel of the box is marked with a $2.50 price.  The No F is listed at this $2.50 price in my 1907 through 1913 Spalding guides, with a $2.00 price in 1906.   The football itself bears Spalding's characteristic stitching pattern, but no longer has a discernable maker's mark present.  The football has a rich chocolate tone to the leather, and the ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced.  This melon ball has a 28 inch end over end circumference, with a 23 inch circumference along its center.  This beautiful pair of football relics would enhance any collection.
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Exceedingly Rare AFL Spalding J5-V Painted Trophy Game Ball.  This awesome football hails form a November 12, 1967 game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Boston Patriots.  One of the panels of the ball is painted with the logos of the Chiefs and Patriots, as well as the score of the game, which the Chiefs won 33 to 10.  The ball is an official AFL Milt Woodward President model Spalding football.  The ball is in excellent condition, and while it does not hold air, it holds its shape well and displays beautifully.  I could recommend someone if the new owner wishes to have the bladder replaced with a new one.  The ball was undoubtedly presented to a player or coach, but I do not know the history of the piece.  AFL Game balls in nice condition are tough to find, and the fact that this one is a painted trophy ball makes it an incredible find for an AFL, Patriots, or Bills collector.
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Interesting Circa 1910's Spalding J5 Melon Shaped Football with 1920's custom valve hole modification.  This ball predates exterior valve holes, and would have had to be unlaced to be able to be reinflated.   The ball was likely a pre 1920 football, whose owner, with the advent of the exterior valve style footballs of the mid 1920's, cut a valve hole to accommodate the available bladders of that time frame.  I have encountered this type of modification once before.  The ball features 7 laces with the classic Spalding wavy stitch pattern and has a legible Spalding and J5 mark.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced, and the ball displays beautifully.

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Unique 1937 Undefeated Football Trophy Plaque.  This interesting plaque features half of a football mounted on a dark grained wood.  The football is stuffed with a lightweight filler, and features a superb painted Undefeated 1937 across the pigskin.  The paint is applied in a green and gold color scheme.  My best guess is that this is a Dartmouth trophy, as they were undefeated in 1937, and the green color scheme would make sense.  Overall a very attractive antique football display.
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Very Rare Late 1940's Thorp Sporting Goods White Leather Bert Bell Commissioner Model "The Duke" Official Night Game NFL Football.  Bert Bell model These white leather Thorp Sporting goods footballs are exceedingly rare and were used for night games.  The ball has a nice Thorp Sporting Goods logo, as well as Bert Bell's facsimile signature.  The opposite panel has "The Duke" marking, and the ball has black stripes. The ball has faded autographs of a Chicago Bears team present.  I can make out on quick perusal Bulldog Turner (retired in 1952) and Ed Springle, although fading makes many of the signatures difficult to identify.  The ball has some mild fading to the striping, but its leather is soft and supple.  The ball does not hold air, but it retains is shape very well.  I could point the buyer to someone who could replace the bladder if so desired.  A very attractive and rare early NFL game ball.
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Beautiful Circa Late 1920's to Early 1930's Lowe & Campbell Brand Football.  This football features very strong makers marks, including the model number 104, as well as the Inter-Scholastic marking and the Patent Number 1187029.  The ball has very soft and supple leather and has had its deteriorate bladder replaced with a new one.  A great looking football.
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1960's Thorp Sporting Goods "The Duke" Pete Rozelle Facsimile signature model NFL Game Ball.  This early 1960's NFL Game ball is in very nice condition with soft leather, white laces, and it has had its deteriorated bladder replaced.  This ball would have been used in the NFL sometime between 1960 and 1966.  The ball features vestiges of white stripes on each end, likely denoting it was used during a night game.   A great looking early NFL Game ball.
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1932 Villanova University versus Boston College Spalding J5 Trophy Football.  This great early pigskin originated from the estate of Dick Hickey, Captain and Tackle of the 1932 Villanova football squad.  This football has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a stuffing to permanently retain its shape.  The ball features black paint on 1 panel with the score Villanova 20 Boston College 9.  On another panel is a Spalding and J5 mark as well as a legible 19, but the 32 cannot be made out.  Villanova was coached in 1932 by one of the 4 Horseman of Notre Dame Harry Stuhldreher.  A great piece of early Villanova football memorabilia.
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Superb Circa 1930 Hutchinson Brothers Hutch Brand Very Rare 8 Paneled Football.  The ball features a very strong Hutch maker's mark and model K9 mark.  With soft and supple leather, this ball is in beautiful condition.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one, and the ball displays beautifully.  Above is in image of a friction jersey clad football player holding a similar but slightly different style 8 paneled football.  This is only the second 8 paneled football I've handled, and this is likely the nicest example extant.
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WWII Era Ben Lee Brand Military Trophy Football for a game between a Fleet Marine Force (FMF) team, and a Marbo Annex team of Guam.  The ball has had its deteriorated bladder replaced with a new one, as well as having its leather cleaned and conditioned, giving it a fabulous look.  The ball has period yellow paint with the score FMF 19 Marbo 0.  A great early World War II era football relic.  Sold.