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Circa 1910 Early Reach & Philadelphia A’s Souvenirs (7 items)
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $528.75
This collection of early 1900 baseball souvenirs, all of which were issued as banquet favors, originates directly from the family of John Gamble, the general manager of A. J. Reach & Company, one of the largest sporting-goods firms in the country during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. These items, along with a 1913 Philadelphia A’s team-signed program (featured as a separate lot in this auction) were consigned directly by John Gamble's grandson. Gamble passed away in 1921, and a photo and biography of him are featured in the 1922 Reach Official American League Guide, which makes note that he was with the company for thirty-two years. The A. J. Reach Company was based in Philadelphia and therefore had strong business ties to the A’s, so it is not surprising a number of these items relate to the club. 1) The highlight of the collection is a rare Philadelphia A’s ribbon and charm commemorating the club’s 1911 World Championship. The blue silk ribbon (4.25 inches in length) is lettered “Philadelphia ‘Athletics’ Champions of the World” and is attached to a small metal charm depicting an elephant (the team’s logo). In Excellent condition overall. This is a scarce commemorative piece and is only the second example we have ever seen. 2) Miniature leather catcher’s mitt lettered “Athletics American League Champions 1905” on the front. The Reach logo appears along base. The glove (4.5 x 4.25 inches) is missing most of its original lacing, otherwise in Excellent condition. 3-4) Two miniature gloves. The first is a catcher’s mitt (4.5 x 4.25 inches) bearing the Reach logo, while the other is a leather glove similar in appearance to a boxing glove (2 x 4 inches). Both are in Very Good to Excellent condition. 5) Miniature baseball (six inches in circumference). Gd (approximately forty percent of the cover is missing). 6-7) Two mini bats, each 14.5 inches in length and bearing the Reach logo. The first is simply labeled “No. 82” (Vg), while the other, which also has a wrap of vintage black tape on the handle, is lettered “Reach’s Special – No. 3/0” ( Vg-Ex). This is a fascinating group of early baseball souvenirs from early Philadelphia-area baseball celebrations. Total 7 items. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $528.75
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