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Extremely Rare 1943 St. Louis Cardinals World Series Press Pin

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,528

St. Louis Cardinals press pin issued for the 1943 World Series against the New York Yankees. One does not have to collect press pins for long to realize that this press pin is one of the great rarities of the modern era. Very few examples have survived. The main reason for its great scarcity today in part lies in its construction. Dating from World War II, when the conservation of all metal was deemed vital to the war effort, this pin, like the Cardinals' 1942 pin, was distributed in very limited numbers and constructed as economically as possible (a factor which did not encourage survival) with the simplest of materials: an illustrated paper facing, a cardboard backing, and a transparent plastic covering. The image is similar to the one used by the club a year earlier, only the 1943 graphics feature two perched Cardinals instead of one. The words "Press St. Louis 1943" round out the design. The Yankees avenged their 1942 Series loss to the Cardinals by turning the tables in 1943, defeating the birds in five games. This is the first example of this rare pin we have ever offered and, like its 1942 cousin, is seldom seen outside of only the most advanced World Series press-pin collections. Manufactured by St. Louis Button; brooch. Diameter: 2 inches. The pin displays a slight degree of concave warping to the plastic covering (related to construction) and heavy rippling to the paper (common to the pin; the result of a production flaw and the elements; all examples that we have seen share this flaw to some degree); natural flawed appearance due to rippling but technically in Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,528

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