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Circa 1913-1915 Reach Ambidextrous Fielder's Glove
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $7,702.50
Addendum: After posting this lot we were contacted by a highly respected glove expert who provided us with a tremendous amount of additional information regarding this rare model. This particular glove was only manufactured during the three-year period 1913-1915. Spalding owned Reach and both brands sold this type of glove for the same three-year time frame. Spalding had only one model, which it called "Either Hand" and Reach had several (3 or 4) models at various price points marketed as "Anbidextrous". Finally, he is almost certain that the offered glove is the A.J. Reach SCX Ambidextrous Craven.
Extremely rare ambidextrous fielder's glove, designed for use on either hand, produced by the A. J. Reach Co., circa 1913-1915. This is only the third such glove we have ever seen, and the first we have ever offered. Because few people are ambidextrous, especially with regard to throwing a baseball, a glove like this was obviously produced in very limited numbers, and may have even been available only by special order. This is undoubtedly one of the most unusual of all baseball gloves and one that would be a highlight in any advanced vintage-glove or early baseball-equipment collection. As a point of reference, a near-identical ambidextrous glove (produced by Spalding), dating from approximately the same time period, sold at public auction for $3,250 in 2002. The glove displays heavy wear throughout, including a few minor tears on the front and reverse. All of the original webbing remains completely intact, as does the Reach manufacturing label and button on the wrist strap. The leather still remains supple. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $7,702.50
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