1910-1923 A. J. Reach Company Documents Signed by Thomas Shibe (5)

Sold For: $240

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1487

Item Year: 1907

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Collection of five documents, originating from an A. J. Reach Company minute book, featuring the signature of Thomas Shibe, as secreatary. Thomas Shibe, who was the son of Ben Shibe (owner and founder of the Reach Sporting Goods Company and Philadelphia Athletics) succeeded his father as president of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1922 and was also an executive in the family sporting-goods business. Thomas Shibe is often credited with designing much of the machinery used in the manufacture of Reach baseballs. He passed away in 1936. All of the typewritten documents (9 x 11.75 inches) record the minutes of various annual meetings of the stockholders of the A. J. Reach Company and have been signed by Shibe in black fountain pen (signatures range from "6" to "10," averaging "8"). The collection is composed of the following documents: 1) October 4, 1910 (2 pages); 2) December 3, 1920 (1 page); 3) December 23, 1920 (2 pages); 4) October 3, 1922 (4 pages), and October 2, 1923 (2 pages). Also included are two one-page unsigned documents dating, respectively, from September 18, 1922, and October 2, 1923. All of the documents, on either unlined paper or onionskin, are toned and display two prepunched notebook holes along the left border. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Total: 7 documents (5 signed). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication.

Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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