From baseball’s archaic foundations, this Philadelphia Athletics stock certificate was issued in 1887 to an investor for five $100 shares. Measuring 10-7/8 x 7-7/16”, the thick parchment document features elegant font and ornate finery and is signed by Athletics owner Henry Pennypacker, treasurer H.W. Whitaker and secretary W.S. Kames. Each has been rendered in black-ink fountain pen and shows (“9”) strength. The crisp American Association relic is arguably the rarest and earliest certificate you will encounter. More on our website.
Led by 23-year-old Wilbert Robinson and southpaw Cannonball Titcomb, that year’s installment authored a 64-69 mark at Jefferson Street Grounds, a 5,000-seat venue that was the site for the first-ever National League game.