What is the value of a Major league baseball?
Major League baseballs can be dated by the name on the stamp of
the league President. See Related Links below for a link to a list
of official baseballs, and their estimated market value without
boxes in excellent to near mint condition. Some time around 1876,
Albert G. Spalding and his brother, J. Walter Spalding, obtained
the right to produce the official National League baseball, which
they would continue to produce for the next 100 years.
The American League, formally the American League of
Professional Baseball Clubs combined with the National league
in 1901 to form Major League baseball. Alfred James Reach, owner of
The Reach sporting Goods company, sold his company to Spalding in
1889. Spalding continued to use the Reach label produced American
League baseballs beginning in 1901.
NOTE: American League baseballs with the Reach
Trademark had Red & Blue stitching, and the National
League Spalding Trademark baseballs had Black & Red
stitching up until about 1934/35 when in both league started
using only red stitching.
Spalding along with the Reach label was producing Major league
baseball for about 100 years until Rawlings took over
around 1970, and Rawlings have been making major league
baseballs ever since.