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1910 Era Baseball Pocket Knife

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $3,162.50

Souvenir pocketknife features portraits of many of the game's greatest stars of the era under both of the celluloid sides of the handle. One side pictures Speaker, Lajoie, Cobb, Chase, Collins, and Walsh. The other side pictures Dooin, Wagner, Mathewson, Chance, and a fifth player who is mistakenly identified as "Frock" (perhaps it should have read "Frick"?). Its original leather carrying case with closing clasp accompanies the knife. Interestingly, the Wagner portrait is the same as that which appears on the famous T206 Honus Wagner tobacco card. This knife, though by no means as valuable, is actually considerably rarer. All 1910 era baseball knives featuring photos of ballplayers are extremely rare, but to the best of our knowledge this is the only example of this style known to exist. We have seen other souvenir knives that feature teams of the era (the 1910 A's, for example), but this is the only example we have ever seen featuring a selection of stars from various teams. This pocketknife was once owned by the legendary Barry Halper, and is the very example which appeared in the famous Halper auction as Lot 429 in 1999, at which time it sold for $5,175. The original Halper Collection Sotheby's tag accompanies. It is, by any measure, the ultimate 1910 era Baseball Pocketknife. Length: 3.5 inches. Excellent condition. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $3,162.50

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