Four-page contract, dated February 8, 1927, between the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs and the A. J. Reach Company, together with a cover letter, addressed to Colonel Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees, from Thomas Shibe, vice-president of the Reach Company. In 1901, the A. J. Reach Company contractually became the exclusive supplier of official baseballs to the American League. In 1927, Reach and the American League were bound by a contract (signed in 1912) set to expire in 1931. This agreement seeks to both terminate and replace that prior contract for a period of 20 years. In exchange for making the Reach ball the official baseball of the American League, Reach agrees to pay the League $27,500 per year during the term of this agreement. The contract is not signed by either party, but instead was sent for review to Colonel Jacob Ruppert, owner of the New York Yankees. It is accompanied by its original cover letter, dated February 10, 1927, on A. J. Reach Company letterhead, that has been signed in black fountain pen by “Thomas Shibe” (grading “10”). In full: “Dear Colonel:- Enclosed please find a copy of the new agreement between the American League of Professional Base Ball Clubs and the A. J. Reach Company, regarding the use of the Official American League Ball by the said American League.” The contract (8.5 x 13 inches), typed on onionskin, displays three horizontal folds and remains attached to its blue paper docket. In Excellent condition overall. The letter (8.5 x 7.25 inches) displays three horizontal folds, a paperclip impression in the upper left corner, and appears to be trimmed along the base. In Very Good condition overall. Total: 2 items (contract and cover letter). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+.
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