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Lot # 1333 (of 1743)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Circa 1910 Position Pins Collection (29)

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $823

Collection of twenty-nine baseball pinbacks, which are usually referred to by collectors as "position pins." This baseball pinback set was issued in several slightly different styles. They feature illustrations of players in various positions of play, set against white, gold, or detailed backgrounds, with the player's position identified by his pose and caption. These pins were distributed by storekeepers, and occasionally were produced with advertising for a specific product or establishment on their fronts. 1) Four pins with white backgrounds and blue uniforms: Three of twelve in the set (Captain, Catcher, and Second Base), plus one duplicate (Captain). Two of the four have advertising backpaper intact. Diameter: 1.25 inches. 2) Collection of nine position pins with white backgrounds and red uniforms: Eight of twelve in the set (missing Batsman, Captain, Second Base, and Right Field for completion), plus one duplicate (First Base). Three of the nine have advertising backpaper intact. Diameter: 1.25 inches. 3) Four pins with gold backgrounds and red uniforms (Pitcher, Captain, Third Base, and Right Field); three with advertising: "Captain" and "Third Base," both with ad which reads "Eat Heydt's Yankee Bread," and "Right Field" with ad which reads "Harrisburg Athletic Club." All have advertising backpaper intact. Diameter: 1.25 inches. 4) Four pins with gold backgrounds and blue uniforms: Three of twelve in the set (Pitcher, Catcher, and Umpire), plus one duplicate (Pitcher). Three of the four have advertising backpaper intact. Diameter: .75 inches. 5) Five pins with gold backgrounds and red uniforms: Three of twelve in the set (Captain, Second Base, and Third Base), plus two duplicates (Captain and Second Base). Three of the four have advertising backpaper intact. Diameter: .75 inches. 6) Three pins with detailed backgrounds and red uniforms: Three of twelve in the set (First Base, Short Stop, and Center Field), including one with advertising: "Short Stop" with ad which reads "Townsend Gun Co. - 1514 Farnam - Omaha." One of the three have advertising backpaper intact and one is missing the pin. Diameter: 1.25 inches. The group grades Vg-Ex overall (with a few lesser and a couple slightly better). This is a very substantial and attractive group of these position pins, including many different styles. Total: 29 pins. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $823


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