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Extraordinary 1898 Cameo Pepsin Gum Pin Collection (50)

Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $26,437.50

1898 Cameo Pepsin Gum pin collection of fifty different (out of the 105 subjects known to date in the set) representing nearly half of all known subjects, and including four Hall of Famers (Duffy, Keeler, McGraw, and Nichols), and two newly discovered examples which are not listed in The Standard Catalog checklist. Cameo Pepsin Gum pins have a special place in the world of baseball collecting. In addition to being the very first celluloid baseball pin set, this set represents the only significant issue of any type dating from the late 1890s, featuring over one-hundred known players (with new discoveries no doubt yet to be documented), including many players which appear in no other set. Pepsin Gum pins are as significant to baseball in the late 1890s as E107s are in documenting the players of the first few years of the twentieth century. Cameo Pepsin Gum pins are, in fact, considerably rarer than even E107s, yet have received far less attention from advanced collectors, primarily because they are so rare that few have ever even considered attempting to collect the set. This is an extraordinary collection, by far the largest we have ever handled. The collection is being offered intact, exactly as it was found by our consignor decades ago, with the exception of the few examples which are being offered separately in this auction. The condition ranges from Good to Vg-Ex, many with varying degrees of foxing, and with all but one having the original advertising back paper complete and intact. The images of approximately half of the pins are a little light (as is often the case with this issue), but most of the balance have relatively strong photo quality and contrast. Organized by team, the collection is comprised of the following: Baltimore (7 pins): Bowerman, Clark, Horton, Keeler (HOF, portrait image is light and the back paper has a small moisture stain, otherwise Ex), McGraw (HOF, picture is light with a couple tiny spots of minor crazing, otherwise Vg-Ex), Pond, and Reitz. Brooklyn (3 pins): Anderson, Daub, and Dunn. Boston (4 pins): Dolan, Duffy (HOF, minor foxing on the front with exceptional contrast, Ex-Mt), Nichols (HOF, minor foxing on the front with exceptional contrast, Ex-Mt), and Ryan. Buffalo (4 pins): Fields, Rowe, Smith, and Urquhart (newly discovered). Chicago (4 pins): Dahlen, Decker, Hart, and McCormick. Cincinnati (7 pins): Breitenstein, Brown, Holliday, Miller, Peitz, Richie, and Vaughn. Cleveland (3 pins): O'Connor, Powell, and Tebeau. Indianapolis (9 pins): Beville, Cockman, Foreman, Goar, Gray, Motz, Phillips (newly discovered), Watkins, and Wood. Milwaukee (2 pins): Reidy and Speer. Pittsburgh (7 pins): Bierbauer, Donovan, Hastings, Hawley, Lyons, Smith, and Sugden. Cameo Pepsin Gum pins are one of the rarest and most significant of all baseball pinbacks. Issued as premiums with Cameo Pepsin Gum, this set is to baseball pins what Old Judges are to baseball cards. The extraordinary importance and rarity of Pepsins is just beginning to be recognized by collectors. This unique offering represents one of the largest and most significant collections of this rare issue to ever surface. Total 50 pins. Reserve $5,000. Estimate Open.
SOLD FOR $26,437.50

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