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1914 Baltimore Base Ball Club Federal League Stock Certificate and Telegram
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $415
Rare stock certificate and telegram relating to the short-lived Federal League. The stock certificate records the sale of five shares of Common Capital Stock in "The Federal Base Ball Club of Baltimore, Inc., to "Poe & Davis." The certificate, which is numbered "121," is dated March 27, 1914, and has been signed in black fountain pen (grading "8") by both Carrol W. Rasin, as president of the club, and Arthur Jones, as treasurer. Signed on the reverse by Poe Davies and a witness. The certificate displays three notebook holes along the left border and has been mounted to its matting by means of two pieces of tape on the reverse; otherwise in Near Mint condition. The Western Union telegram, dated December 3, 1915, is most interesting in that it was sent to American League president Ban Johnson from Tillinghast L'Hommedieu Huston, owner of the New York Yankees (with Jacob Ruppert), who is particularly worried about the expansion of the Federal League. In full: Have been trying unsuccessfully to get you on long distance for two days. Doubtlessly you have noticed press reports that Feds have invaded New York. They have secured options on select piece of property and their petition to close streets is being considered favorably and pushed through rapidly, prospective sellers having large influence with officials. It may be all bluff but we would be foolish to disregard their move. We think you should be here to confer over measures to repel invasion or to map out offensive campaign. Answer. Huston. As we know now, Huston's fears were allayed a few weeks later when the Federal League officially folded on December 22, 1915, after signing a "peace treaty" with the American and National leagues. The telegram (8 x 7 inches) is in Good condition overall, with a number of tears, but the text remains unaffected. Total: 2 items (stock certificate and telegram). Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $415
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