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1900-1910 Outer Seam Laced Basketball

Offered here is a very RARE Outer Seam Laced basketball which dates from 1900 to 1910 era laced basketball. This style basketball, with the extruded seams, is an extremely rare version. The purpose of the exposed seams was to allow the basketball to be used outdoors and last longer. It resulted in the balls being used very hard and in rough conditions therefore the remaining examples are few. This example is made of chocolate brown, suede leather and exhibits a modest amount of use leaving the basketball with an ideal vintage patina! A great addition to any vintage basketball collection!


1910’s Vintage Basketball Uniform by O'shea

Here we are offering a professional quality, vintage basketball uniform made by O'shea. This uniform is of good size and is a matching set. The basketball jersey is black wool with gold trim and features two cloth tags. The O'shea (Chicago) makers cloth patch and an Em-Roe Sporting Goods cloth patch from Indianapolis. O'shea made jerseys and sweaters for many of the prominent colleges and universities, and also professional teams. Unfortunately there is no provenance for this uniform but I am sure it was used by a team of significance! The shorts are matching and feature quilted padding on the interior, also of professional quality. This wonderful antique basketball ensemble is of the highest quality and remains in gorgeous EX-MT condition!


Vintage 1910’s Black Leather Basketball Shoes

We are offering here a wonderful pair of antique basketball shoes that date from the 1910's. They are made of the highest quality materials. The supple black leather high tops remain in stunning EX-MT to NR-MT condition and have the original laces still intact. Extremely scarce to find vintage basketball shoes in this amazingly fine condition. These exceptional, vintage basketball shoes will make a fine addition to your antique sports memorabilia collection!


1916 - 1917 Spalding Basketball Guide

The following is a 1916 - 1917 Spalding Official Basketball Guide. This guide is an outstanding source for vintage basketball information. Inside includes a 28 page section on the rules and regulations. The bulk of the guide is packed with hundreds of pages that list and show team photos of several hundred college and university basketball teams from Ivy League to small town schools... amazing! The condition is VG with note to the partial loss of the back cover's edge.


1910s Canvas and Leather Basketball Carrier

1910s Canvas and Leather Basketball Carrier
1910s Canvas and Leather Basketball Carrier. The vintage basketball is NOT included in this listing. The offered item is this very scarce, canvas and leather basketball carrier. That's right!... a special bag that fits perfectly just one basketball. This is how things of importance were taken care of 90-100 years ago. This bag has survived in wonderful condition with the leather remaining supple, the buckle and strap remain intact and the canvas is free of any rips, holes or tears. A very scarce and interesting vintage basketball collectible.


Vintage 1910’s GoldSmith Basketball Knee Pads

ITEM 3: Here we are offering an outstanding pair of vintage basketball knee pads. These fine antique basketball knee pads date from the 1910's and were made by the GoldSmith Sporting Goods Company out of Cincinnati, Ohio. They are made of canvas and are both perfectly marked with the attractive GoldSmith logo and identified as model No. 52. The pair remains in pristine, GEM-MINT condition. A true rarity and an amazing find for even the most condition conscious collector.


1910s Leather Laced Basketball

1910's leather laced basketball
This antique leather laced basketball is from the 1910's. It is a large high quality basketball with the original laces and it holds air perfectly! There is a seam separation on the back of basketball otherwise the condition is EX-MT.


1910s Wrought Iron Basketball Goal with Net

1910’s Wrought Iron Basketball Goal with Net
1910s Wrought Iron Basketball Goal with Net. These rims are scarce and the nets are next to impossible, this net is original and nearly perfect!


1910's Black Leather Ribbed Basketball Knee Pads

1910's Black Leather Ribbed Basketball Knee Pads. This is an exceptional pair of antique basketball knee pads. The maker is unknown but they are of fine quality. The leather remains remains in wonderful condition and they remain completely intact. The overall condition is EX-MT to NR-MT!


Antique Basketball Knee Pads from the 1910's

1910's basketball knee pads
These vintage basketball knee pads are from the 1910s. They are large high quality pads with soft leather covering and are in excellent condition!


1910s Spalding Salesman's Sample Laced Basketball

1910’s Spalding Salesman's Sample Laced Basketball
1910s Spalding Salesman's Sample Laced Basketball. This extremely unique vintage basketball item was made by the A. G. Spalding & Bros. Sporting Goods Company. It would have been used by the Spalding salesman to show, along with the rest of the Spalding Sporting Goods line, to potential carriers and distributors. Having the items in miniature would allow the salesman to show the construction, quality, etc. without having to transport a full sized example of each item in the sporting goods line.


1910's Spalding Chocolate Brown Leather Basketball Knee Pads

1910's Spalding Chocolate Brown Leather Basketball Knee Pads. This is a wonderful pair of antique basketball knee pads. Made by Spalding, they are of very high quality. The leather remains soft and supple and they remain completely intact. The overall condition is EX-MT!


1920’s Laced Basketball made by Draper & Maynard

Here we are offering a vintage 1920’s Laced Basketball. This exceptional vintage basketball was made by the Draper & Maynard Sporting Goods Company. It has remained in wonderful condition with the D&M logo and information clearly shown on the ball. It is a high quality basketball with supple leather and it retains it's spherical shape.  Collecting the various styles of leather basketballs with rawhide laces is very popular among vintage basketball and vintage sports collectors alike. The offered vintage basketball is a wonderful example. As evident in the image above it has an ideal vintage appearance. The quality and condition are exceptional. Solid EX-MT.


1920’s Vintage Basketball Sweater

ITEM 9: Here we are offering a scarce 1920's Wool Basketball Sweater made by Leacock's. Leacock's was located in St. Louis and produced professional quality items but there is no provenance with this sweater. It is an awesome antique basketball sweater which features a basketball within the letter C. Based on the four stripes on the left sleeve and star patch that is sewn above them, it was likely worn by a four year letterman and captain of the team. It is a size 44, made of all wool, extremely high quality and remains in gorgeous NR-MT condition!


1920’s Vintage Basketball Sweater by Lowe & Campbell

ITEM 10: Offered here is a wonderful 1920's antique basketball sweater. This is a top-of-the-line sweater produced by the Lowe and Campbell Athletic Goods Company. The sweater is pure wool and a beautiful crimson red with a blue basketball patch at center with a red N inside. The patch is made of wool felt. The sweater is of significant size and remains in amazing NR-MT condition! This is a very scarce vintage basketball item, perfect for the vintage basketball collector or any antique sports enthusiast.


1920’s Black Canvas and Rubber Basketball Shoes

This is a pair of 1920’s Black Canvas and Rubber Basketball Shoes. This fabulous pair of vintage basketball shoes is one of the finest we have handled. These vintage shoes have remained in gorgeous EX-MT to NR-MT condition and represent the typical footwear for basketball players during this era. This was a time in America when nothing could go to waste and a pair of shoes was definitely going to be worn until the soles came off. Somehow this pair was spared.


1920-30’s Joe Lapchick Model Basketball Shoes

Here we have an EXTREMELY RARE and incredible pair of vintage basketball shoes! Certainly among the finest pairs that we have ever owned, they remain in stunning condition and are endorsed by Joe Lapchic, having his facsimile signature on the ankle patches and bottoms of both shoes! Lapchick played professional basketball and is best known for playing with the Original Celtics in the 1920s and 1930s. He was arguably the best center of his era. He ended his playing career in 1937 to become the head coach at St. John's University. Then in 1947 he took over the New York Knicks in the NBA where he coached until 1957. He took the Celtics to three consecutive NBA Finals in 1951, 1952 and 1953. The connection to Lapchick is great but the shoes themselves are the real stunner! Most impressive is the overall condition and that the rubber remains pliable, almost like new. They are a size 8 and ready for the hardwood!


Exceptional Antique Basketball from the 1920's

Here we are offering an Exceptional Laced Basketball from the 1920's era.  Collecting the various styles of leather basketballs with rawhide laces is very popular among vintage basketball and vintage sports collectors alike. The offered vintage basketball is a wonderful example. The rich, dark brown leather remains soft and supple. Additionally, it holds air perfectly and retains it's spherical shape. As evident in the image above it has an ideal vintage appearance. The quality and condition are exceptional. Solid EX-MT.


1930’s Vintage Laced Basketball

This is a 1930’s Vintage Laced Basketball. This antique basketball was made by the Olympic Sporting Goods Company and is boldly marked with the logo and model number X827 and also the word OFFICIAL. It is of the highest quality construction having tight stitching throughout and the original rawhide lace closes the seam. One of the finest examples that we have ever owned, it posses an ideal patina, holds air perfectly and maintains it's spherical shape for an awesome display! An outstanding addition to any vintage sports memorabilia collection. The condition is EX-MT to NR-MT!


1931 Laced Basketball Trophy

Offered here is a Gorgeous 1931 Laced Basketball Trophy. This outstanding early basketball trophy was presented to the Girls Champions of Kingfisher County in the year 1931. This outstanding trophy is silver in color and is in the form of an actual, almost full size laced basketball. It has an ideal patina that will compliment any vintage basketball collection. Measuring 10 1/2 inches tall it remains in solid EX-MT condition.



Vintage 1920's D&M Basketball Goal with Net in the Box.

1920's D&M Basketball Goal with Net
1920's D&M Basketball Goal with Net in the Box
1920's D&M Basketball Goal with Net in the Box. A phenomenal display item, extremely rare to have the original net intact, EX. Box is VG with great paper label.


1930’s Vintage Laced Basketball

This is a 1930’s Vintage Laced Basketball. This antique basketball was made by the Wilson Sporting Goods Company and features the logo and model number nicely. It is of solid construction having tight stitching everywhere and the original rawhide laces on the seam. It maintains it's spherical shape and holds air perfectly!


1930s GoldSmith Canvas and Rubber Basketball Shoes

1930s GoldSmith Canvas and Rubber Basketball Shoes
These exceptional antique basketball shoes were were top-of-the-line shoes in their day. These are one of the finest condition pairs that we have ever had. Typically the rubber on these shoes gets very hard and brittle... not the case with this pair! They are so nice that you could wear them in your next game of hoops!


1930s Spalding Basketball Shoes

1930’s Spalding Basketball Shoes
hese are very scarce, 1930s Spalding basketball shoes. Each shoe features a large Spalding logo on the outside.


Vintage Basketball Uniform 1930 - 1940's

This Vintage Basketball Uniform dates from the 1930-40's. It is a fine quality uniform with matching cloth patches in the jersey and shorts which indicates the makers as the Pittsburgh Sports Shop, out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Felt letters reading Holy Trinity are sewn on to the front of the jersey and the number 4 is sewn on to the front back and the shorts. This wonderful vintage basketball uniform grades solid EX-MT!


Vintage Canvas and Rubber Basketball Shoes - 1930-40's

Vintage Canvas and Rubber Basketball Shoes - 1930-40's
1930-40s Canvas and Rubber Basketball Shoes. These fine antique basketball shoes are a very nice representation from this era. They are identified as basketball on the ankle patch, as shown in the second image. The shoes are a size 9 1/2 and come complete with the original laces. They are sturdy and in VG-EX condition.


1930-40s Spalding Laced Basketball MINT in the Original Box

1930-40’s Spalding Laced Basketball MINT in the Original Box
Just an awesome vintage basketball item, this Spalding laced basketball comes with its original box. Nice vintage basketballs are tough to find, this one is stunning!


1940's Spalding "Official Olympic Laceless" Leather Basketball

1940's Spalding "Official Olympic Laceless" Leather Basketball
1940's Spalding "Official Olympic Laceless" Leather Basketball, EX.


Vintage 1940's High Top Basketball Shoes

1940's High Top Basketball Shoes
1940's High Top Basketball Shoes, canvas "DEFENDER" model shoes, EX.


Patented 1941 Spalding Leather Basketball

Patented 1941 Spalding Leather Basketball. This outstanding early basketball was made by the A. G. Spalding and Brothers sporting goods company. It is an official Top-Flite model 100 with a patent date of 1941. The leather is soft and supple, and the markings remain bold and completely intact.



1955 Trophy Basketball made by Spalding

This Vintage Basketball doubles as a beautiful, antique basketball trophy! The antique basketball is a top quality basketball that was made by the Spalding Sporting Goods company, the Official Top-Flite model 100. The ball shows minimal use and is carefully painted with the year 1955, and all the details from this important game. Hopewell and Monaca were the teams, with Hopewell winning 61 to 45. A very scarce item and a beautiful addition to any vintage sports display or basketball collection!


1970's Official Lawrence O'Brien NBA Basketball in the Original Box

This is a 1970's Official Lawrence O'Brien NBA Basketball in the Original Box. This basketball includes the NBA logo on the panel above the Wilson logo. Additional markings read: Exclusively Endorsed By- National Basketball Association - Lawrence F. O'Brien - Commissioner




 
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