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For many years before their merger with MacGregor Sporting Goods in 1948, P. Goldsmith’s Sons of Cincinnati was a major player in the making of quality baseballs. Emerging in the very early 20th Century, they introduced their universally acclaimed No. 97 baseball that gained endorsement by a host of minor league loops. Now available is one of their No. 97 balls that we testify is in Mint condition (but we can’t see it, because it’s still in its sealed box). As such, we report that the condition of the box is absolutely sensational. With not a crease or blemish on any of its panels, it reposes in Near Mint condition. Furthermore, its sealing paper band thoroughly adheres to the box, and it is in equally superlative condition. On one of the panels, we note that the maker cared to cite several of its customers, not the least of which included the short-lived Wisconsin-Illinois League. And that circuit, to the best of our research, conducted its business from 1907 to 1914, thereby obviously bookending the vintage of this ball. Included is a very fresh fold-over scorecard from the same period, and it is awash with Goldsmith advertising. This piece is unmarked and remains in Near Mint condition.
Circa 1910 Mint-in-Box Goldsmith Baseball with Period Ad Scorecard (2 Items)
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