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Equipment Catalogs

Equipment catalogs were produced by a number of different companies. These serve as a great resource when trying to determine the lineage of an item. Equipment catalogs with basketball related items go back almost to the beginnings of the sport. It was stated by Naismith that "for the first two years, it was an ordinary Association (soccer) football, and it was not until 1894 that there was any such thing as a basketball". In 1894, a larger ball was adopted for the game. This ball was made by the Overman Wheel Company.

Draper & Maynard Athletic Goods 1909-10
Goldsmith College and School 1931/32
Goldsmith Equipment Fall/Winter -1915/16
Lowe and Campbell Catalog 1928/29
Spalding Trade Price List 1894
Spalding Uniform Catalog 1924-25
Stall & Dean Equipment 1923/24

My Most Recent Blogs

Story-paper Tabloids - Feb. 28, 2017

You may be familiar with the term pulp, used to describe some of the older, cheaply made periodicals from many years ago. However, the term "story-paper tabloid" may not be as common. Story-paper tabloids are similar to pulps in the low quality of the materials used, but differ in their format and size. Produced using cheat wood pulp paper, they ...

Seldom seen Clark Candy Cards! - June 19, 2016

Recently, I was lucky enough to find 10 of the 16 cards from the 1954 Clark Candy basketball set. These cards are quite rare and seldom seen, even by advanced basketball collectors.

Rare Album Postcard Acquired - March 1, 2016

Recently, I came across a surprising find - the 1928 Cuban Aguilitas Album Redemption postcard. When I've seen these in the past, they have always been baseball related. This one is basketball themed and shows the same image as card #397, the HNOS Maristas. The seller of this item said he found it in Cuba three decades ago. It is a nice and une...

The rarest card ever in vintage basketball - C.A. Briggs - Feb. 7, 2016

On January 20, 2016, the 1933 C.A. Briggs card was added to the collection. I am excited to share info about this card with all of you. While there are many rare items in our hobby, speaking specifically about cards, this is probably at the very top of the list in terms of rarity. Take a few minutes to read a little more a...

My Favorite Items

1933 C.A. Briggs Basketball
B33 Basket Ball Flannels 1912
Basket Ball Rules for 1893
Hamilton King L5 Leather 1912
Ken-Wel Advertising 1920
Naismith's Phog Allen Portrait Print 1936
Spalding Men - 1896
Spalding Men - 1899/1900
Spalding Women - 1901