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1951 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series "Phantom" Press-Pin Die, Original Artwork, and Original Order Form (Dieges & Clust Archives)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,440

Original Dieges & Clust metal die used to manufacture the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers "phantom" World Series press pin, together with the original artwork for the pin and the original company order form. 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, for the Dodgers, Bobby Thomson's historic "Shot Heard Round the World," made this 1951 press pin obsolete overnight. 1) The octagonal die (2.25 inches in diameter and height) displays the design of the 1951 Dodgers press pin (a baseball wearing a press hat), as well as the die number (051445). 2) 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series press pin original artwork. The artwork, executed in mixed media on board (5 x 3.5 inches), includes both the design of the pin and color scheme that was ultimately approved by the club. Ex, with adhesive residue on the reverse. 3) The original Dieges & Clust order form for the press pin, dated 9/28/51. 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. Gd, with heavy overall wear, including light staining, moderate tears, 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 $1,440

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