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1911 Philadelphia Athletics Championship Pin
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $296.25
Rare celluloid pin commemorating the Philadelphia Athletics 1911 American League championship. The pin (2.25 inches) features an illustration of a white elephant holding a flag reading "1911 Worlds Champions." Superimposed on the elephant are portrait images of twenty-two team members, all of whom are identified by name, including Mack, Collins, Plank, Bender, Danforth, Baker, and Coombs. A ribbon in the design of the United States flag hangs from the bottom. While this pin seldom surfaces, collectors will recognize that the design used here is identical to that used on the more commonly seen and very well known Philadelphia A's souvenir plate issued the same year. Because the pin recognizes the club as pennant winners and not World Champions, it can be assumed that this was issued during the World Series at Shibe Park. The pin displays numerous condition flaws, including staining around the perimeter and surface cracking; however, this is a true rarity (one of literally only two or three known) so collectors may be a little more lenient than usual. This is a pin may never be available in better shape. The flag ribbon accent is slightly tattered, but remains firmly attached. The reverse exhibits heavy oxidation. In Fair condition overall, but given its rarity, still a desirable and significant memento commemorating Connie Mack's second consecutive World Championship with the A's. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $296.25
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