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1947 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series Press-Pin Die, Original Artwork & Original Order Form - Jackie Robinson's First Season! (Dieges & Clust Archives)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,600

Original Dieges & Clust metal die used to manufacture the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series press pin, together with the original artwork for the pin and the original company order form. 1947, of course, was the year of Jackie Robinson's historic major league debut. 1) The rectangular die (2 x 2.5 inches in diameter and 3 inches in height) displays the design of the 1947 Dodgers press pin, as well as the die number (047444). 2) 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series press pin original artwork. The artwork, executed in pen and ink on board, features the design of the pin that was ultimately approved by the club. The artwork has been mounted onto a larger board (2.75 x 3.25 inches) bearing additional production notes and drawings. Ex, with tack holes and adhesive residue on the reverse. 3) The original Dieges & Clust order form for the press pin, dated 9/13/47. 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 minor creases, and adhesive residue on the reverse. Total: 3 items (die, 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 $3,600


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