1946-1959 Reach Official American League Baseball and Reach "R-AAA" Collection in Their Original Boxes (9)

Sold For: $1,645

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1289

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Collection of nine baseballs is highlighted by six Reach official American League (Harridge) baseballs, all of which are housed in their original boxes, two of which are unopened. Also included with the six American League balls are three Reach "R-AAA" model balls, each in their original boxes (two of which are also unopened), and an original Reach retail display box that once housed twelve official American League baseballs (and in which these nine balls have been stored for decades). Each of the nine individual ball boxes displays minor foxing and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition, with the exception of two opened American League ball boxes (Gd-Vg and Vg, respectively). The extremely rare retail display box (12 x 9 x 3 inches) is in Very Good condition, with minor foxing and a tear to one of the corners of the edge flap on the lid. The five balls housed in the opened boxes all display only very light age toning and are otherwise in Near Mint condition. Presumably, the four unopened balls remain in Mint condition. Based upon the ball stampings that we can observe here, these six official American League balls date from the 1946 to 1959 manufacturing period. While we have no knowledge or information regarding the other three model "R-AAA" balls, we can only assume that they date to the same time period as well. It should be noted that the boxes labeled "open" here are only technically described as such due to the fact that the outer seal is broken. According to our consignor, these balls were discovered in West Virginia last year, where they had been sitting in storage for decades. It is quite probable that the first and only time the balls were removed from the "opened" boxes is when we did so to inspect them for condition. This is an outstanding vintage collection of untouched baseballs that are basically in the exact same condition as when first purchased over fifty years ago. Total: nine Reach baseballs in their original boxes, plus a Reach retail baseball box. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,645

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