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1917 Chicago White Sox World Series Press Pin and 1917 Giants Pin (2)

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,819

This circular pin, with blue enamel border, has always been one of the most desirable early World Series press pins, due both to its rarity and its design. This is the first World Series press pin (and one of only three ever produced to date) to feature the likeness of an actual person on the front. The portrait image is that of White Sox team owner Charles Comiskey. A representation of two "socks," a baseball, and the word "Comiskey Park" complete the attractive motif. Consistent with Comiskey's frugal nature, the exact same press pin mold was used to manufacture the White Sox World Series press pin two years later. The only difference between the 1917 and 1919 White Sox World Series press pins is the manner in which the manufacturer's name ("Greenduck") is engraved on the reverse. On the 1917 example it is lettered in a straight line; on the 1919 pin it is lettered in an arc. This pin was originally issued with a blue ribbon (not permanently attached) which is not present here (the ribbon is exceedingly rare and few examples are known). Threaded-post back with original fastener. Accompanying the Chicago press pin is another, smaller pin, also dating to the 1917 World Series. The diamond-shaped pin features a representation of a baseball set upon a blue-enamel surface that is lettered "World Series 1917." The team name "Giants" appears upon the ball. This is not the official 1917 New York Giants press pin, and its exact purpose is unknown, but these pins always show up only with early press pins of the era. It is clearly related to the distribution of press pins. We can only speculate that it was issued along with the 1917 press pins, either as a second design ordered by the Giants due to a shortage of the regular pin, or perhaps issued as a souvenir to dignitaries attending the Series. Though its precise identification is a mystery, it is an attractive and rare complement to a World Series press pin collection. Manufactured by Dieges & Clust. Threaded-post back with original fastener. Both pins are in Excellent to Mint condition. Total: 2 pins. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $3,819

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