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1922 New York Giants National League Champions Pennant

Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $533.25

New York Giants pennant issued to commemorate the club's 1922 pennant-winning season. This is one of the rarest and most desirable of all baseball pennants, with only a few examples known. Its rarity notwithstanding, the pennant is also notable for its unusual design. The brownish-tan pennant features overlapping colorful player portraits of sixteen team members, including manager John McGraw and Casey Stengel, and is lettered "Giants - National League Pennant Winners." This is actually one of a two-pennant set. An identically designed (and equally rare) pennant featuring the 1922 Yankees, who were the American League champs that year, is also known, strongly suggesting that these pennants were sold at the 1922 World Series. Over the years we have only seen three other examples of this classic baseball pennant, which is universally regarded as one of the most substantial and attractive team pennants ever issued. The offered example has been trimmed in a notched fashion at the end, with approximately ten inches missing from the tip. Included in that missing section was the year, "1922." The trim has also affected the "S" in the word "Winners" along the bottom border. It should be noted that we strongly believe the trimming of this pennant was period and intentionally executed by venders to allow their sale in 1923. It is a virtual certainty that these pennants were sold at the 1922 World Series. (How could they be sold during the regular season reading "1922 National League Pennant Winners"? The answer, of course, is that they could not.) We can probably assume that not all were sold. Instead of throwing them out, however, we believe the pennant sellers simply notched out the year ("1922") so that they could sell the remaining stock in 1923 (when both clubs also reached the World Series). The pennant, which measures 19.5 inches at its maximum length, displays normal wear commensurate with its age and former use, including minor fading to the material and light crazing to the painted portions. Despite its obvious trim of the date (probably as sold), the team name and central illustration remain completely intact and the pennant, as is, presents as Excellent. Mounted and framed to total dimensions of 25 x 16 inches. It should be noted that this pennant, in its complete state, usually sells for many thousands of dollars on those very rare occasions when it appears at public auction. As such, the offered pennant not only represents a rare collecting opportunity, it may also represent a more affordable alternative to a perfect example with little loss in display value. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $533.25

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