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1917-1964 Dieges & Clust World Series File Card Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $240
Collection of ten file cards originating from the Dieges & Clust archives. These cards, all of which are headed "World Series," record various orders for World Series jewelry between the years 1917 and 1964. Information includes the date of the order, the type of lettering, description of the item, enamel type, price, and die number. As one would expect, the majority of the entries pertain to the New York Yankees, including orders for the club's 1923 World Series press pin, 1927 World Series rings, and a 1939 pendant for a Lou Gehrig bracelet. The earliest entries are for a 1917 New York Giants World Series button and bar. Additionally, many of the entries record orders for World Series umpire rings, including those ordered by Jocko Conlon, Al Barlick, and Babe Pinelli. All of the ordering information is recorded solely on the front of the cards with the exception of two which also contain information on the reverse. All of the cards display general wear, including moderate creases and minor edge tears. In Very Good condition overall. Total: 10 cards.
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 $240
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