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1914 World Tour Pin
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $3,231
Rare commemorative ribbon pin issued for the homecoming celebration of the 1913/1914 World Tour made by members of the Chicago White Sox and New York Giants. The brooch portion of the pin is lettered "New York" and features a bas-relief image of the New York City skyline. Below that is a rectangular compartment that once housed a nameplate. Hanging from the brooch is a purple and gold ribbon that is connected to a decorative pendant designed in the shape of a shield. The central portion of the pendant displays a representation of the earth upon which is lettered "Welcome World's Tourists." Two crossed bats and two baseballs complete the attractive motif. Above the motif is the name "Comiskey." The names of each team, and its respective manager, appear along the top and bottom of the pendant, respectively: "Giants McGraw" and "White Sox Callahan." Manufactured by Bastion Brothers of Rochester, New York, as engraved on the reverse. The 1913/1914 World Tour was organized by Charles Comiskey, owner of the White Sox, and John McGraw, manager of the Giants. Utilizing players from each club, as well as a few extra players from other teams, the tour began on December 3, 1913, in Yokohama, Japan, and concluded on February 28, 1914, in Queenstown, Ireland. The tourists returned home on March 6th, arriving in New York where they were given a royal reception. This badge was obviously issued to either one of the welcoming dignitaries upon their return, or to an attendee at a banquet held for the tourists. While we will never learn the name of the original recipient of this pin, it remains a rare and fascinating memento from the celebrated 1913/1914 World Tour. This is only the second example of this pin that we have seen. The ribbon is completely intact, with no tears. In Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $3,231
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