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1930s-1970s Baseball Pinback Collection Including Rarities (193)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,147.50
Large collection of 193 baseball pinbacks dating from the 1930s to the 1960s (a few date earlier, and two or three are from the 1970s). This is a particularly fascinating group because it includes so many rare and unusual pins, and the quality overall is extremely high. This is not a typical large pin-collection auction lot! We have provided many scans online so collectors can fully appreciate exactly what is included. This collection has been consigned by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic old-time collector who is truly a connoisseur of baseball pinbacks and who clearly has always had an eye for quality. There are pins in this collection that are worth $10. There are others that we believe collectors would individually value in the hundreds of dollars. While the pins in this collection range considerably in terms of value (though even the modestly valued pins may have their day!), all are highly collectible, and there are many better pins and interesting "sleepers" throughout the collection!
This lot consists of the following: 1) Fifteen different rare large-style 2-inch in diameter 1950s PM10 Stadium Pin Yankees (all are the name-on-top variety except two as noted): two Ford (one name-on-top variety, one with white border and name along bottom), Berra, Martin, Turley (Vg-Ex due to small dent), Howard, Skowron, Arroyo, Blanchard, Lopez, McDougald, Lopat, Collins, Reynolds, and Woodling (white border with name along bottom style). Also included is one non-Yankee: Ted Williams (in only Good condition) for a total of sixteen rare 2-inch 1950s PM10 Stadium Pins. 2) Four 1952 Phillies PM10 Stadium Pins (1.75 inch): Roberts, Ashburn, Ennis, and Simmons. 3) Extremely large 1950s Satdium Pin (3.125 inches in diameter): Whitey Ford. 4) Two different 1948 "Congratulations Larry Doby" pins (1.75 inch and 1.25 inch). 5) 1950s PM10 Hank Aaron with blue tint. 6) Unusual 2-inch in diameter Slaughter PM10 stadium pin. 7) Circa 1948 PM10 Stadium Pin of Lou Boudreau (scarce and popular Cleveland Indians series). 8) Rare 1950s Ernie Banks PM10 with fancy background design. 9) 1947 Luke Appling portrait pin (7/8"). 10) Circa 1948 Joe DiMaggio PM10 with name in script and type. 11) Rare 1948 All Star Stadium Pin reading: "Souvenir of All-Star Game 1948 Sportsman's Park" (2.25 inch). 12) 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates Champions pin 1.25 inch (only Fr-Gd condition but rare and still looks great). 13) Two similarly designed 1947 2-inch Stadium Pin classics: one Yankees "Beat! Dem Bums Bronx Bombers" (Ex) and the "I Told You So!" Brooklyn Dodgers match (Fair due to cracking but still looks nice). 14) Two 2.25-inch 1960s Phillies Stadium Pins: Callison and Short. 15) Group of eight unusual "PM10 style manufacturer and year of manufacturer unknown" portrait pins: Goodman, Kranepool, Shantz (Vg), Howard, Cox, Musial, Piersall, and T. Williams (Fr due to some damage to celluloid on this one). 16) Three variations of Gil Hodges PM10 Stadium Pins: orange background (Vg), white background, and black-and-white stadium background (diameter: 1.75 inches). 17) Four 1950s PM10 Stadium Pins Brooklyn Dodgers with blue backgrounds: Campanella, Snider, and Amoros (all 1.75 inch in diameter) and one larger (3.5 inch) Duke Snider. 18) Two circa 1938 PM10 Stadium Pins of Dizzy Dean (each are the same picturing him in St. Louis uniform, one with Cubs pennant attachment). 19) Eight circa late 1950s to early 1960s PM10 Stadium Pins of Giants players: Four different Willie Mays (one NY and three SF on cap), Cepeda (SF on cap), two McCovey (one with SF on cap, one with cap airbrushed blank), and Davenport (cap airbrushed blank). All 1.75-inches in diameter. 20) Nine 1960s Red Sox PM10 Stadium Pins: Yaz (two different poses), T. Conigliaro (two poses), Malzone (two different), Bressoud, Petrocelli, and Monbouquette. All 1.75 inches in diameter. 21) Five different 1940s to 1950s Stadium Pins of Ted Williams (four 1.75-inches, one 1.25 inches). 22) Four distinctively styled circa 1950 PM10 Stadium Pins: Lemon ("Cleveland Indians" on top, "Bob Lemon" below, in white border), Nelson Fox (with "Foxes" in white surrounding border, Fr due to some border staining but otherwise fine), Ralph Kiner with "Pittsburgh Pirates" above and "Ralph Kiner" below in surrounding white border, and Hank Sauer with name in script below in white border (Fr due to staining but a very scarce pin). 23) Forty-eight miscellaneous 1940s to 1960s PM10 Stadium Pins (all 1.75 inches in diameter) including Feller, Campy, Musial, Snider (two different), Hartnett, Boudreau, Roberts, Lemon, Irvin, Rizzuto, Maglie, Reese, etc. No great rarities in this group (except for Gus Bell of Cincinnati, which looks very unusual and scarce) but quite a few Hall of Famers and all are classic Stadium Pins. 24) Four 3.25-inch Stadium Pins: Wally Moon, Eli Grba, Joe Koppe, and Ken Harrelson (Vg due to some foxing along edges on this one but otherwise Ex). 25) 1930s "Member Babe Ruth Baseball Club" Quaker Oats pin 1-inch diameter (Vg due to slight edge stain otherwise Ex). 26) Twelve 1930s to 1950s PM10 Stadium Pins from three different team issues, all with distinctive identification in surrounding white border designs: Three circa 1941 NY Giants (Bartell, Melton, and Hubbell); Six 1940s Brooklyn Dodgers (two Reiser, two Camilli, Wyatt, and Walker); Three circa 1958 Giants (Gomez, Antonelli, and O'Connell). 27) "61st Home Run Salute to Roger Maris" pin (3.5-inch in diameter). Two varieties of this well-known Maris pin are documented. This is the all black-and-white variety of the Maris pin that, while we have seen these going back some 20+ years, we have never been 100% convinced the all black-and-white variety actually dates to 1961 (the variety with the red "1" in the design representing Maris' 61st home run definitely dates to 1961). 28) Fifty various team pins, mostly Yankees (including pins commemorating 1932 and 1939 AL Championships as well as 1939, 1951, and two 1957 World Series), with several other teams also represented, varying sizes and styles, some with attachments, with few exceptions ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s, including many very unusual and scarce pins. There are many relatively common pins among the team pins, but also quite a few unusual rarities. There are some exceptions but most are in overall Excellent condition unless noted, with normal slight rust to reverses. This is a fascinating collection with many unusual and scarce pins. Total: 193 pins. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,147.50
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