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1925 St. Paul Base Ball Club Stock Certificate Issued to the President of the Club - Robert Connery
Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $180
St. Paul Base Ball Club, Inc., stock certificate, for sixty shares of capital stock, issued to Robert J. Connery, president of the club, on January 8, 1925. As president of the club, Connery has officially signed the certificate in black fountain pen (grading "8") on the front and reverse ("9"). The certificate includes its corresponding receipt page affixed to the left border, which has also been signed by Connery in black fountain pen ("8"). The St. Paul Saints were founded in 1902 and remained a member of the American Association until 1960. In 1993 the team name was adopted by St. Paul's entry in the Northern League. Robert Connery, who had earlier been the chief scout for the New York Yankees, purchased the club in 1925. Unbeknownst to many at the time, Yankees manager Miller Huggins was a minority owner of the club. (We have even seen a few St. Paul stock certificates made out to Huggins over the years, which are extremely highly prized by Hall of Fame autograph collectors; this example was actually found together with a Huggins signed St. Paul Saints stock certificate.) From 1925 to 1932 the Saints acted as an unofficial farm club for the Yankees, with approximately twenty-nine players transferred between the two clubs during that span, including Mark Koenig and Fred Heimach. Connery eventually sold the club to local businessmen in 1934. This is a scarce early baseball stock certificate with significant ties to the New York Yankees organization. The certificate (10.75 x 8.25 inches; 14 x 8.25 inches with the affixed receipt page) has two vertical folds and a number of small edge tears. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $100. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $180
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