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1910-1999 Official American League Baseball Type Collection (7)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,392.00
Offered is a complete run of Official American League baseballs manufactured during the respective reigns of each of the seven presidents in the history of the American League: Ban Johnson, Ernest Barnard, William Harridge, Joe Cronin, Lee MacPhail, Bobby Brown and Gene Budig. Each ball, produced first by Reach and then Rawlings, bears the respective president's name on either a side panel (until 1934) or the ball label. Each ball is accompanied by its original box with the exception of the Budig ball. Gene Budig was the last American League president, serving in that capacity from 1994 until 1999, at which time the offices of both League presidents were deemed no longer necessary by Major League Baseball, with their responsibilities now falling on the Commissioner of Baseball, representing both Leagues. 1) 1910-25 Ban Johnson Ball: Vg, with toning and moderate soiling; the manufacturer's stampings are mostly legible, but light. The box is in Good condition, with two end flaps present but detached. 2) 1927-31 Barnard Ball: Ex-Mt, with only a few tiny areas of age toning and light soiling. All of the manufacturer's stampings are bold and legible. The box is in Fair condition. 3) 1946-59 Harridge Ball: Ex-Mt, with some very light age toning. All of the manufacturer's stampings are bold and legible. The box is in Excellent condition. 4) 1960-73 Cronin Ball: Nr/Mt, with only a few extremely light surface marks. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain legible. The box is in Very Good condition. 5) 1977-83 Rawlings MacPhail Ball: Ex-Mt to Nr-Mt, with minor age toning along all four panels. All of the manufacturer's stampings are bold and legible. The box is in Very Good to Excellent condition. 6) 1984-94 Brown Ball: Nr/Mt, with a few small areas of age toning. All of the manufacturer's stampings are bold and legible. The box is in Near Mint condition. 7) 1994-99 Budig Ball: Ex-Mt, with light age toning. All of the manufacturer's stampings remain legible. No box. Total 7 baseballs (6 with boxes). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,392.00
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