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1946 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series "Phantom" Press Pin Original Artwork and Order Form (Dieges & Clust Archives)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $540
Original Dieges & Clust artwork for the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers "Phantom" press pin, together with the original company order form for the pin. On a number of occasions over the years, teams that were involved in tight pennant races were forced to order a supply of World Series press pins before the league champion had been determined. That was because the supplier needed a certain amount of time to manufacture and deliver the pins. Unfortunately, the Dodgers were "stuck" with a large supply of 1946 World Series press pins after the club failed to overtake the St. Louis Cardinals down the stretch. 1) 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series press pin original artwork. The artwork, executed in mixed media on paper (3 x 4.25 inches), features two different designs for the pin, with the top design ultimately selected by the club (the bottom design is crossed out in pencil). Interestingly, the design chosen is basically the same one that was used in 1941, only without the colored enamel accents. The artwork is housed in its original Dieges & Clust fold-over portfolio (4.5 x 6 inches). Ex-Mt. 2) The original Dieges & Clust order form for the press pin, dated 9/7/46. The form notes the number of press pins ordered, the color scheme, and other various production specifications related to the manufacturing process. 7.5 x 5.5 inches. Vg, with general overall wear, including edge tears and staple holes. Total: 2 items (artwork, and order form).
This material has been culled from a much larger Dieges & Clust collection that was consigned to this auction just as our catalog was going to press. As such, all but one of the twenty-eight Dieges & Clust lots in this auction (featuring an amazing array of fascinating material, including documents, artwork, manufacturing dies, photos, and sample jewelry) can be found on the Internet Only portion of our sale. The entire collection originates from the family of a former Dieges & Clust executive, who, we are told, literally rescued most of the items offered here from the garbage dumpster after the company was sold to Herff Jones in 1979. Prior to that time, the company, which was founded in 1898 by Col. Charles Dieges and Prosper Clust, was noted for its exquisite sports-related jewelry, including the manufacture of nearly all of the World Series rings and press pins produced between the years 1923 and 1956. Additionally, the company also designed and produced baseball's MVP Award, the Heisman Trophy, numerous sports trophies and figural pieces (including the famous series of "Spalding" baseball trophies issued in the 1920s), and the 1904 Olympic Medals, not to mention countless custom orders for athletes. SOLD FOR $540
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