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Lot # 1289 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Rare Official Negro American League Baseball in Original Box

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $5,629

Exceedingly rare Wilson Official Negro American League baseball in its original box, complete with paper wrapper. This ball is one of three Wilson Official Negro League Balls that surfaced in the 1990s. Like the other two, this ball remains in its original unopened state, with the white paper wrapper unbroken, as issued. The wrapper identifies the ball as an "A 1010/W 150 CC" ball, that has been "Specially Constructed and Selected for Exclusive Use of the Negro American League." The Negro American League was formed in 1937 as a counterpart to the older Negro National League and it remained organized until 1962. It is interesting that Spalding Bros., which had a monopoly on the official balls for both the American (under its Reach brand name) and National Leagues, failed to secure the rights for the Negro leagues as well. Instead, it was Wilson that won the contract and the company supplied the balls for both the Negro National and American leagues for most of each organization's existence. As stated earlier, this one of three such Negro League balls in its original box that surfaced in the early 1990s and while of course they might be out there somewhere, we are not aware of any others having been discovered since that time. The box displays light-to-moderate handling wear and is in overall Excellent condition. The ball, presumably, remains in Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,629

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