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1911 Frank "Home Run" Baker Pocket Mirror

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,763

Frank Baker's heroics in the 1911 World Series, in which he hit two crucial home runs to help lead the Athletics to a six-game victory over the Giants, not only earned him the immortal nickname of "Home Run" Baker, but also the honor of having his image portrayed on a pocket mirror the following season. Presented is one of the great classics of all baseball celluloids: The Frank "Home Run" Baker pocket mirror, which has always been noted by advanced collectors both for its rarity and its exceptional display value. The celluloid pocket mirror features a bust-length image of Baker in uniform and is lettered "Frank Baker/Philadelphia Athletics/Hero 1911 Worlds Series." Manufactured by the Keystone Badge Company of Reading, Pennsylvania, as noted on the printing curl. Baseball pocket mirrors are much rarer than pinbacks from this era, especially those picturing an individual player. This is an outstanding example and one of the most desirable of all celluloid souvenirs dating from baseball's dead-ball era. The facing displays moderate wear, which is not uncommon for mirrors, since they needed to be handled for use, while the mirror exhibits scattered areas of oxidation. In Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,763

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