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Extraordinary 1929 Chicago Cubs Team Pin
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $940.00
Presented is a stunning high-grade example of what is perhaps the premier baseball team pinback of its era: The extremely rare team composite pin featuring individual portraits of each member of the National League Champion 1929 Chicago Cubs, including Hall of Famers Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson, Kiki Cuyler, Gabby Hartnett, and Joe McCarthy. This is not only one of the rarest and most impressive of all baseball pins, it is also one of the best small display items of any kind ever produced featuring this legendary team. The 1929 Chicago Cubs team composite pin has always been recognized as one of the great classics among serious pin collectors. Exceptionally large in size and designed as a baseball, it reads "Souvenir" and "Chicago Cubs - 1929 Champions" in brown lettering, surrounded by twenty-one identified sepia player-portraits (including executives Bill Veeck and team-owner William Wrigley, of chewing-gum fame). A variation of this pin was also issued identical in design, but with advertising for Certified Ice Cream. This pin must have received very limited distribution, or been very expensive when issued, as only a handful are known to exist. The Cubs lost the World Series in 1929, and therefore this pin, which identifies the team as the "1929 Champions," was probably issued for only a very short period of time, after the pennant was clinched but before the World Series. The fact that the pin was manufactured by "Adcraft Mfg. Co., Chicago," a very small company (the credit appears on the underside of the curl) may also be related to its great rarity. One could not ask for a finer example: The images are perfectly crisp and clear; the gloss is perfect; there is some very slight oxidation on the reverse, as is standard with vintage pinbacks; it is otherwise in Mint condition. Diameter: 3 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $940.00
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