1875 Boston Base Ball Association Stock Certificate

Sold For: $480

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1763

Item Year: 1875

Category: Pre-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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1875 Boston Base Ball Association Stock Certificate signed in black ink along the base by the team owner/president "N. T. Apollonio" (grading "8") and club secretary Frederick Lang . The partially preprinted and handwritten certificate, dated January 19, 1875, and numbered "25," records the purchase of seven shares of Capital Stock by "M. E. Chandler." Boston was a charter member of the National Association, baseball's first professional league, in 1871. Managed by Harry Wright, the former manager of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the team featured a star-studded lineup that included George Wright, Ross Barnes, Cal McVey, and Albert Spalding. Not surprisingly, Boston dominated the league during its short five year existence, winning four consecutive pennants from 1872 through 1875. Nathan Taylor Apollonio was the third owner of the club, having purchased the team from Col. Charles H. Porter in 1875. Decades ago several dozen 1870s Boston stock certificates surfaced along with various papers related to the club. All 1870s Boston stock certificates originate from this extraordinary find. The certificate (8.5 x 5 inches), which features the team's embossed seal near the middle, right border, displays two vertical folds, moderate edge wear, and what appears to be a slight trim along the left border. In Very Good condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.

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