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Old 02-23-2017, 08:05 PM
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Spent a wonderful day off from work with my Dad and a good friend / fellow collector up in NY State, and was fortunate enough to have added a few new items to the collection in the process...

1. c.1880s Sky High Model baseball made by the Shakespeare Company.
2. c. 1870s CDV of a uniformed player with a ring bat and belt that reads 'CATCHER'.
3. 1888 AJ Reach sporting goods billhead/invoice that reflects a purchase for bats and balls.

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Old 02-23-2017, 08:08 PM
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I just referenced your book today Jonathan! Congrats on three cool pick ups. I like the belt he's wearing. Makes the cdv.

Congrats again.
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Old 02-23-2017, 08:16 PM
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Thanks! Here is closer look at the bet and bat...really cool image for sure!
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Great pick ups Jonathan, congrats! That ball is in insanely good condition.
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Old 02-23-2017, 10:27 PM
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Very cool pickups!
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The Shakespeare baseball was made by the fishing tackle company, they used that slogan "Honor Built" on their fishing lures. I am sure it is a 20th Century baseball. I once saw a baseball bat with the same "Shakespeare Honor Built" logo on it. Maybe there is a Shakespeare catalog out there somewhere with baseball equipment in it that will definitively date the baseball?
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I think you are right Dan. According to this, the company started in 1896, began selling baseball equipment in 1913, and in 1915 changed name of the company to "Shakespeare Company".

https://cache.kzoo.edu/bitstream/han...pdf?sequence=1

Looks like they only sold baseball equipment for about 10 years. It's not 19th century, but it's a pretty rare ball.
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I think you are right Dan. According to this, the company started in 1896, began selling baseball equipment in 1913, and in 1915 changed name of the company to "Shakespeare Company".

https://cache.kzoo.edu/bitstream/han...pdf?sequence=1

Looks like they only sold baseball equipment for about 10 years. It's not 19th century, but it's a pretty rare ball.
I agree.
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Never seen a red baseball like that., thanks for sharing!! Great cdv and kind of a weird pose.....
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Spent a wonderful day off from work with my Dad and a good friend / fellow collector up in NY State, and was fortunate enough to have added a few new items to the collection in the process...

1. c.1880s Sky High Model baseball made by the Shakespeare Company.
2. c. 1870s CDV of a uniformed player with a ring bat and belt that reads 'CATCHER'.
3. 1888 AJ Reach sporting goods billhead/invoice that reflects a purchase for bats and balls.

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How many years were those ring bats used for? Time period?

Only asking because the photo of the "catcher" has one and the bill/invoice has a pic of one too...

If the pic was 1870's and the invoice was late 1800's, that's a long stretch for that particular bat to be in use no? Like I said, I don't know really, just a judgmental observation I noticed.

Either way, love that ball as well!
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