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1894 Temple Cup Figural Stickpin
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $2,300.00
This rare figural stickpin was issued to commemorate the 1894 Temple Cup Series. The ornate pin is shaped like the Temple Cup, with a raised ballplayer in the middle and the embossed lettering, "1894, IT'S OURS THE TEMPLE CUP." We know of only one other Temple Cup figural pin to exist. The pin measures 1 inch long x 0.5 inch wide and has slightly tarnished from age, and is otherwise in Excellent condition. From 1894 to 1897, the first and second place teams in the NL squared off to play a postseason series known as the Temple Cup Series. Pittsburgh owner William C. Temple donated the trophy, hence the name of the Series. The Baltimore Orioles, featuring Hall of Famers Wee Willie Keeler, Hugh Jennings, Joe Kelley, and Wilbert Robinson, finished in first place in 1894, and participated in all four Temple Cup Series. In the 1894 Series, the Orioles were defeated 4 games to 0 by the New York Giants, who were led by John Ward, Amos Rusie, George Davis, and Roger Connor. The Temple Cup series ended in 1897, and the Cup was returned to Mr. Temple. It is now in the Hall of Fame. This extreme rarity is one of the few souvenirs in existence relating to the Temple Cup, the immediate predecessor to the modern World Series. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $2,300.00
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