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Vintage 1940s/1950s Boston Red Sox Pennant Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $711
This collection of three vintage Boston Red Sox pennants is highlighted by a particularly scarce and substantial Ted Williams pennant, as well as a "Phantom" pennant from 1948 that was produced in anticipation of the club's trip to the World Series. 1) Circa 1950s Ted Williams pennant. The red-felt pennant features a depiction of the fabled "Splendid Splinter" on the left and the name "Ted Williams" in large white letters on the right. The team name "Boston" and "Red Sox" appear, respectively, above and below his image. The pennant remains in spectacular Excellent to Mint condition, with only slight wear, little-to-no fading to the material, no tack holes, and very light crazing to the white-painted letters. Length: 26 inches. The pennant has been mounted (most likely by some form of adhesive on the reverse) and framed to total dimensions of 35 x 15 inches. 2) 1946 gray-felt pennant celebrating the club's first pennant-winning season since 1918. The pennant features an illustration of a player (number "9," which was Ted Williams' number) sliding into a base as a fielder attempts a tag. "Boston Red Sox" is lettered above the image, while the year, "1946" appears below. The last names and uniform numbers of thirty-five team members are listed to the right, including Williams, DiMaggio, Doerr, and Cronin. No tassels (probably as issued; there does not appear to be any evidence of them having been cut or removed). In Very Good to Excellent condition overall, with general wear, including a few areas of light discoloration. Length: 22 inches. 3) Rare 1948 "phantom" pennant proclaiming the Red Sox as "American League Champions." Although no year is displayed, ten Boston team members are listed by name on the right side. Among those ten is manager Joe McCarthy. McCarthy only managed Boston in 1948, 1949, and the first fifty-nine games of the 1950 season. Boston finished in a first-place tie with the Cleveland Indians in 1948 and subsequently lost the one-game playoff for the right to move on to the World Series. It appears certain that this pennant dates from that near-miss season. While we have seen numerous "phantom" World Series press 45, "phantom" pennants are very unusual. The red-felt pennant is in Very Good to Excellent condition overall, displaying moderate wear, including a few tiny areas of discoloration and a small tear at the tip. Length: 28 inches. Total: 3 pennants. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $711
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