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1873 Boston National Association and 1911 St. Louis Americans Baseball Stock Certificates (2)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,410.00
Two early baseball stock certificates, one of which dates to the dawn of professional baseball. 1) 1873 Boston Base Ball Association Stock Certificate. The partially preprinted and handwritten certificate, dated December 1, 1873, and numbered "17," records the purchase of five shares of Capital Stock by "Geo. B. Appleton." It has been signed in black fountain pen along the base by team president Charles H. Porter (grading "7") and secretary Frederick Lang ("8"). The reverse bears handwritten notations recording the transfer of one share of stock (on four separate occasions) by Appleton in 1876. Boston was a charter member of the National Association, baseball's first professional league, in 1871. Managed by Harry Wright, the former manager of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the team featured a star-studded lineup that included George Wright, Ross Barnes, Cal McVey, and Albert Spalding. Not surprisingly, Boston dominated the league during its short five year existence, winning four consecutive pennants from 1872 through 1875. Col. Charles H. Porter was the second owner of the club, having purchased the team from Ivers Adams in 1872. Decades ago several dozen 1870s Boston stock certificates surfaced along with various papers related to the club. All 1870s Boston stock certificates originate from this extraordinary find. The certificate (8.5 x 5 inches) displays light horizontal and vertical folds, two moderate corner chips in the upper and lower left, and a few areas of light discoloration. In Very Good condition. Matted to total dimensions of 15.25 x 12.5 inches. 2) 1911 St. Louis American League Base Ball Co. Stock Certificate. The partially preprinted and handwritten certificate, dated March 4, 1911, and numbered "67," records the purchase of two shares of Capital Stock by James Ghia. It has been signed in black fountain pen along the base by team president Robert L. Hedges ("6") and the club secretary (name illegible). The reverse bears the recorded transfer of the stock to Betty Ghia in 1914. This is a particularly rare baseball stock certificate, and the first we have seen for the St. Louis Americans of this era. The certificate (9.75 x 7.75 inches) displays two vertical folds and is in Excellent condition overall. Matted to total dimensions of 18 x 16 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+ SOLD FOR $1,410.00
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