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Circa 1897 Baltimore Orioles Pin

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,644

Extremely rare lapel pin with stud back design, issued in commemoration of the Baltimore Orioles' three consecutive National League pennants beginning in 1894. The colorful enameled front reads "Oriole Champions" and pictures three individual banners displaying the years "1894," "1895," and "1896," respectively. The manufacturer's name, "Parke," is engraved on the reverse, as is "Sterling" and the initials "J. A. D." (The meaning of these initials is unknown; no one on either the 1896 or 1897 Baltimore Orioles had those initials.) During the 1890s the Baltimore Orioles were baseball's most dominant franchise, capturing three consecutive National League pennants and two Temple Cup trophies between the years 1894 and 1897. This is an exceptionally well designed rarity that is made with extremely high quality materials and is essentially a piece of jewelry as much as a pinback, suggesting that it is likely this pin was issued to dignitaries, season-ticket holders, or some other very special elite group in very limited numbers. There are a few tiny chips along the perimeter of the orange enamel in the center, and a slightly larger chip in the black border. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Diameter: 0.75 inches. From the Ron Menchine Collection. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $2,644

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