1920s Reach "Bounder" Baseball
Baseballs of the early 20th century were often given colorful names to appeal to kids such as Cock of the Walk, Sky Rocket, Dandy or this Bounder baseball. The Bounder model was produced from 1901 through the mid 1930's. The ad shown is from 1928, a model very similar to this 8 inch 4 oz. ball.
Price - $100.
1932 Goldsmith BOYS PIC NIC BALL
Circa 1932, vintage Goldsmith Boys Pic-Nic Baseball. Boys sized 2.5 oz, 8 1/4 inch. Bold model stamping. Light Goldsmith logo on north panel. - $150
1920 Advertisement for the Spalding No. 1 Official National League "Cork Center" Ball
1956-57 Puerto Rico Winter League Champion Mayaguez Indians Team Signed Baseball -
No team in Puerto Rican professional baseball (Liga Profesional de Baseball de Puerto Rico) has enjoyed more success than the Mayaguez Indians (Indios de Mayaguez). The team has produced 17 league champions including the 1956-57 team. Mickey Owen's club won four of five games to defeat Santurce, earning a trip to Havana, Cuba for the Caribbean Series. This extremely rare baseball is signed by many key members of that team including: Bob Smith (Pittsburgh Pirates), Herb Plews (Washigton Senators), Pete Wojey (Detroit Tigers), Bill Harrell (Cleveland Indians), Bob Speake (Chicago Cubs), Duke Maas (Detroit Tigers), Ken Aspromonte (Boston Red Sox), and player / manager Mickey Owen (4 time All-Star with the Brooklyn Dodgers). The ball itself, a Wilson A1010/W150CC, Liga Profesional de Baseball de Puerto Rico, is a very rare find. A museum worthy piece representing the rich history of Puerto Rican baseball. - $500
1932 Goldsmith Catalog
1943 Philadelphia Athletics Team Signed Baseball
American League president William Harridge once said, "To me, the name of Connie Mack always has been synonymous with baseball, standing for everything that is best for the game he loved." This rare baseball serves as a wonderful keepsake from the Mack era.
Connie Mack managed the Athletics for 50 years, racking up more wins than any manager in history. As Mr. Harridge said, Connie Mack is synonymous with baseball. Any authentic memorabilia from any Mack team is very sought after by collectors. And while the Connie Mack signature on this
ball is most likely a clubhouse variety (signed by a clubhouse attendant on behalf of Mack), all of the other player signatures are authentic.
Because this ball was produced and signed during World War II, it will also appeal to collectors of war memorabilia. When the question was posed to President Franklin D. Roosevelt whether baseball should continue on when so many of our young people were overseas fighting for our country, Roosevelt issued his famous Green Light Letter. In his letter to baseball commissioner Judge Kennesaw Landis, Roosevelt stated, "I honestly feel that it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. There will be fewer people unemployed and everybody will work longer hours and harder than ever before. And that means that they ought to have a chance for recreation and for taking their minds off their work even more than before." Because of his decree, baseball, including the players who signed this ball, continued on.
Finally, the story of this baseball itself is very interesting. One of the lesser known impacts of the war on baseball had to do with the ball itself. Rubber, an essential ingredient in the core of a baseball, was in high demand and its use was strictly limited to military purposes. For this reason, baseball was forced to search for a substitute that could be used to encapsulate the cork center of the ball. Their solution was a substance called "balata" which was imported from South America. The balata ball looks and feels like a normal baseball but its energy when struck by a bat is much different. The balata ball was deader than the deadest deadball. One month into the 1943 season, only two home runs had been hit by the entire American League. By the end of April, the league was hitting just .223 with a dismal .270 slugging percentage. The Athletics home run leader for the season was Bobby Estalella. He hit 11, the remainder of the starting lineup hit only 6 more.
This Official American League William Harridge Reach model baseball is a "balata" ball and was produced during the war from 1943-1945. The ball can be dated to the balata ball era by the style of Reach logo on the south panel. From 1943-1945, Reach added a third star below William harridge's facsimile signature and the words "PAT.RE.1720" and "MARCA REGISTRADA" beneath "THE CUSHIONED CORK CENTER".
From a key figure in baseball history, during an important time in world history, comes this unique piece of equipment which momentarily altered the game itself. This baseball is the perfect conversation piece to discuss with others who share a love for the history of the game.
Identifiable signature on the ball include: Jimmie Ripple, Don Heffner, Irv Hall, Charlie Bowles, Jim Mains, Bob Swift, Russ Christopher, Jo-Jo White, Eddie Mayo, Jesse Flores, Lumin Harris, Pete Suder, Dick Siebert, Roger Wolff, Carl Scheib, Johnny Welaj, Frankie Skaff, Hal Wagner, Lou Ciola and Connie Mack (clubhouse). Price - $260.
1931 and 1932 Rabbit Warstler Official American League William Harridge Stat Baseballs
Rabbit Warstler enjoyed an eleven year big league career from 1930 through 1940. He was a starting middle infielder for the Red Sox in the early 30's, Philadelphia Athletics in the mid 30's and the Boston Bees in the late 30's. Connie Mack called him the best defensive player in the American League and The Sporting News described his fielding as "demonic" and "magical". He led the league in assists at the shortstop position in 1937 with the Bees. But perhaps Warstler's biggest claim to fame was his selection to Connie Mack's famous All-Star team which toured Japan in 1934 featuring Babe Ruth as the main attraction.
These are Rabbit Warstler's personal 'stat' baseballs. They were passed down to a family member when Rabbit passed away in 1964 and subsequently auctioned by the family estate in 2015. This model of William Harridge Official American League Ball was used in all AL games in 1931-1932. The blue William Harridge presidential stamp on the east panel indicates that these balls were designated for actual professional game use (commercial baseballs were stamped in red ink or not at all). Warstler carefully inscribed these with his key statistics from his 1931 and 1932 Red Sox seasons, no doubt to keep as a personal memento of his achievements. The balls bear the attractive blue and red stitching characteristic of American League baseballs manufactured before 1934. A very rare find. Price for the pair - $975.
1992 Tour of Japan All-Stars
American baseball teams have been touring Japan since the early 20th century. In 1908 a team comprised mostly of Pacific Coast League players named the Reach All-Americans, played 17 games in Japan then continued their tour to other Asian countries. Perhaps the most famous tour of Japan took place in 1934 when a team of All-Stars including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig visited. After World War II, Lefty O'Doul helped to re-establish professional baseball in Japan leading a team of San Francisco Seals in 1949.
In 1986, Major League Baseball began sending a team of All-Stars to play teams from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. The series was played every even numbered year through 2004 (except the baseball strike year of 1994) when it gave way to the World Baseball Classic. Play began again in 2014 between MLB All-Stars and the Japanese National team, a series most notable for Japan's no-hit pitching performance against the MLB All-Stars in game 3.
This ball is signed by 21 members of the 1992 MLB All-Star team. The 92' series was won by the MLB team 6-1-1. Cecil Fielder hit .440 and Mark Grace was named series MVP after hitting 3 home runs.
Click here for an interesting article written in the Baltimore Sun about Gregg Olson's experience at the 92' All-Star Tour. The Mizuno model baseball is the same type as was used in the games (most other years used a Rawlings brand ball). Comes with a full letter of authenticity from James Spence Authentication (#Y32224). Price - $225.
The Official Charles O. Finley Baseball Signed by Eleven 500 Home Run Club Members
In 1973 Major League Baseball conducted a now famous experiment, a game played with orange baseballs. Charley Finley, never known as a baseball traditionalist, lobbied for the use of orange baseballs. According to Finley, changing the color of the balls to a bright orange made them stand out better for hitters which in turn would lead to more offense and a more enjoyable game for fans. After his A's won the World Series in 1972, Charley had enough influence amongst baseball executives to convince commissioner Bowie Kuhn to allow the experiment.
On March 29, 1973, the A's and Indians squared off in an exhibition game using the orange balls. While sixteen runs were scored in the game (Indians 11, A's 5), the balls did not catch on. Some batters complained that they were unable to pick up the spin of the balls and pitchers complained that they were too slippery.
Offered here is the authentic Official Charles O. Finley baseball. You may never find a finer one. This rare baseball is autographed by 11 members of the elusive 500 home run club. As of 1987, only 14 players (now 27) had ever hit 500 or more home runs. This ball bears the signatures of 11 of the original 14 including Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Willie Mays, Harmon Killebrew, Mike Schmidt, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks and Willie McCovey. The ball comes with a full letter of authenticity from James Spence Authentication (#Y38487). If another Finley baseball with all of these signatures exists, I have never seen it. Don't miss this opportunity to add this museum worthy piece to your personal collection. Price - $650
1935 Wilson Umpire Signed Pacific Coast League Baseball
Beautiful Wilson Pacific Coast League official baseball, with all stampings visible including the discus thrower on the north panel, PCL president H. Baggerly's facsimile signature on the east panel, and the "United States Patent No. 17200" mark on the west panel.. The ball carries several inscriptions and signatures, and has been coated with shellac, the likely reason the stampings and signatures have been so well-preserved.
Inscribed on the baseball's sweet spot is "To Erma From Umpire H.N. Fanning, Season 1935." Applied to the South panel is the signature and inscription "Paul Genshler Umpire 1935." Written in blue ink on the west panel is, simply, "Seattle, Wash.". A wonderful piece of early PCL history. Price - $250
1954 Wilson Official Little League Carl E Stotz Baseball
Carl Stotz, an unemployed lumberyard clerk, drew up the dimensions of the first Little League field, hand-carved its home plate, served as Little League Baseball Inc.'s first commissioner, its chief missionary, traveling the world to spread the faith. And in 1955, for all his trouble, he was excommunicated.
He was barred from Little League's headquarters by sheriff's deputies. The corporate executives who took over administration of Little League Baseball Inc. wrote him out of all the official histories. They also severed relations with the Original League, the very first Little League, which Stotz continued to run on the same field where it all began in 1939. Today over 3 million youths worldwide play Little League baseball. For the complete fascinating story of Carl Stotz, click here.
This Carl E. Stotz Wilson A1074 model baseball dates to about 1954. It is in near mint, unused condition with its original near mint box and even the original tissue paper. From the early years of the Little League. Price - $65
1964 Chunichi Dragons Nippon Japanese League Team Signed Baseball
How many team signed baseballs have you seen from Japan? Chances are, none or not many. Here is a great example of one from the 1964 Chunichi Dragons of the Nippon Professional Baseball League. This rare baseball originates from the personal collection of former major league player and manager Ken Aspromonte. Aspromonte was a player / coach for the 64' Chunichi Dragons. He has signed the ball along with American Jim Marshall and ten of their Japanese teammates. Jim Marshal hit 31 home runs in 64', 3rd best in the Nippon League. Shinichi Eto, a member of the Japanese baseball Hall of Fame, also played on this team. Eto won the league batting title with a .323 average. Certainly a rare find and a very interesting addition to any baseball memorabilia collection. - $250
Pabst-ett 1937 Wilson Official League W 1500 Carl Hubbell Endorsed
Up to 5000 winners could receive this Carl Hubbell endorsed Wilson Official League W1500 model baseball by entering an "easy" missing word contest. According to the rules, as can be seen in the pictured advertisement, contestants were to return an entry form with a Pabst-ett label. Winners were "impartially selected" on the basis of the missing word combinations which in the opinion of the judges were the best. All entries had to be received no later than September 1, 1937.
Carl Hubbell, star pitcher of the New York Giants (National League Champs) said: "I wouldn't hold the pitching records I do if I used a cheap baseball, and I wouldn't put my signature on that kind of ball either. But my signature is on every one of these Wilson Official Leaguers because they're 100% baseballs."
Nearly 80 years after their issuance, not many of these Hubbell endorsed baseballs are around today. Price - SOLD
Pristine 1946 -1951 Ford C. Frick Spalding Miniature Model Baseball
Shown alongside a full sized ball for reference to scale, this 1946-1951 miniature model is perhaps one of the finest in existence. Sometimes referred to as a 'salesman sample', this 2.5 ounce half-sized version was more likely manufactured as a collectible replica of the full sized ball. These minis, much more rare to begin with, were usually played with in games such as corkball or stickball and are almost never found in this near mint condition. A true gem. - $295.
1913-1917 Reach Official American League Baseball
This Reach Official American League Baseball was made during the time period when the Miracle Braves swept the Philadelphia A's 4-0 in the 1914 World Series, Ty Cobb blew past 2,000 hits on his way to 4,189 for his career, and a young rookie by the name of Babe Ruth was just getting started.
This ball, the same type as used in all American
League games, comes from a time when one baseball might
be used for an entire game and fans who caught foul
balls were required to return them to the umpire or
face criminal prosecution. As you would imagine, very
few survive today. Accompanying the ball is it's original
box. Both ball and box have sustained some areas of
heavy wear through the years. It is remarkable that they
exist at all. The ball retains very bold stampings and
excellent eye appeal. A rare offering. Price - $650
Major League History
Vintage & Autographed Baseballs
1920-1924 Spalding Official National League Ball, Judge William G. Bramham, President Piedmont League
In 1920, the Piedmont League opened as a class D minor league with Judge William G. Bramham as it's president. This original Spalding baseball is the same model used by the Piedmont League from 1920-1924. The ball bears the WG Bramham presidental stamp on the east panel. The style of Spalding logo on the south panel (Spalding Trade Mark w/ tight stitches) was used from 1919-1924. Therefore this ball was manufactured for use in the Piedmont League sometime between 1920-1924.
Judge Bramham moved up to the Virginia League, a class B minor league in 1926 and would eventually rise to the position of president of the entire National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (minor leagues) in 1933.
This well preserved baseball is a rare piece of early minor league baseball history. The ball, bearing its attractive red and black stitching, maintains strong Spalding logos on the north and south panels. A great piece for any collector of vintage baseballs or minor league baseball history. Price - $295
"An Evening with the Heros" - Bill Mazeroski Collection
On August 7, 1994, Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame second baseman Bill Mazeroski was an honored guest at a screening of Ken Burn's now famous baseball documentary titled simply Baseball. The event, held in Boston, was called "An Evening with the Heroes of Baseball". Among the other honored guests in the crowd with Bill Mazeroski that night were Mickey Mantle, Carlton Fisk, Dom DiMaggio, Jim Rice, Johnny Pesky, Lou Brock, Curt Flood, Walt Dropo, Mark Fidrych, Jim Lonborg, Mickey Lolich, Bobby Thompson, Ralph Branca, Buck O'Neil, Earl Weaver, Jay Johnstone and Ted Williams. The event was hosted by famous broadcaster and avid baseball fan, Bob Costas. This amazing baseball was signed for Maz by many of the attendees at the event that night and it remained in his personal collection until it was sold at auction in 2015. A letter of provenance signed by Bill Mazeroski verifies his prior ownership.
Now you can own Bill Mazeroski's personal baseball loaded with authentic signatures of 13 of baseball's all-time best. The signatures and their placement on this Official American League, Bobby Brown, Rawlings model baseball (the model ball used in all AL games in 1993-1994) are: West Panel: 1. Johnny Pesky (d. 2012) 2. Gene Benson (d. 1999) 3. Dom Dimaggio (d. 2009) East Panel: 1. Bobby Thompson (d. 2011) 2. Ralph Branca 3. Earl Weaver (HOF, d. 2013) 4. Mickey Lolich North Panel: 1. Mark Fidrych (d. 2009) 2. Jim Lonborg South Panel: 1. Jim Rice (HOF) 2. Curt Flood (d. 1997) 3. Bill Mazeroski (HOF) Sweet Spot:1. Buck O'Neil (HOF, d. 2006).
Price - $180