1907 Official Corporate Minutes Book of the Peck & Snyder Company (Signed by Andrew Peck!)
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $474
Hard-bound ledger, constituting the typewritten minutes of Peck & Snyder between the years 1907 and 1916. This business ledger, which is comprised of forty-nine pages, includes the company's by-laws. Ideally, the ledger includes one signature example of company cofounder Andrew Peck, which has been flawlessly scripted in black fountain pen (grading "10"). Peck's signature appears at the close of the minutes of a special meeting of the board of directors on July 24, 1907. Other individuals whose signatures appear in the ledger are O. C. Meyers (eighteen examples; as secretary), William T. Brown (president of the company who would later become president of A. G. Spalding & Bros.), and Henry Boardman Spalding (four examples; vice president of A. G. Spalding & Bros.).
Peck and Snyder, which was founded in 1866 by Andrew Peck and Irving Snyder, was one of New York's earliest and most prominent sporting-goods stores. While the company sold a full line of sporting-goods products, the company was the first to see the retail potential in the newly emerging game of baseball. In a stroke of promotional genius, Peck & Snyder, in 1869 and 1870, issued what are generally regarded as the first baseball cards when it began the practice of adding photos of prominent baseball teams on the front of its advertising cards. The company remained a leader in the field of sporting goods until it was purchased in 1874 by A. G. Spalding Bros. Though Spalding owned the company, the store still continued to manufacture items with the Peck & Snyder label. As noted in this ledger, A. G. Spalding & Bros. owned 997 shares (out of 1000) of stock in the Peck & Snyder company in 1907. The ledger (9 x 12 inches), titled "Minute Book of Peck & Snyder" on a white paper label affixed to the front cover, displays moderate exterior wear. The pages are clean and bright. In Excellent condition. Reserve $400. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $474