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Turn-of-the-Century Baseball Pin Collection (19)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $464.00
Fascinating collection of nineteen unusual high-quality baseball pins of various types dating from the turn of the century: six circa 1900 gold-background Whitehead & Hoag celluloid "position" pins, one with advertising for "Heydt's Yankee Bread," each featuring an illustration of a player and a position name (pitcher, third base, etc.); three similar "fan" stickpins, two dated 1908 and one dated 1914; a lapel stud from Cap Anson's 1905 campaign for City Clerk; a Reach advertising celluloid pinback; a hanging ribbon pin with two-sided celluloid medallion commemorating a 1907 game between city council members of Philadelphia and Milwaukee; a South Park playground medal-with-scalloped-edges pin; an unusual "National Baseball Fans Club" pin; a very elaborate and patriotically designed 1894 pendant with figural eagle sitting on two crossed bats, which are engraved "1894" and "Championship" respectively, and with a silver baseball hanging below engraved "Thespian"; a comic-slogan pin reading "Catch Me Girls I'm Easy Money"; and three baseball-motif figural pins, two featuring generic baseball players (one of the generic figural pins, which features a nineteenth-century batter, is missing part of his bat). All of the pieces feature either a pin or stud back. The largest example in the group is the ribbon pin (approximately 2.25 x 5 inches), while the smallest is approximately one-half inch in diameter. Most are circular, of varying sizes, averaging one-inch in diameter. Excellent condition overall. Total: 19 pins. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $464.00
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