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1894 Baltimore Orioles "Champions of the World" Team Composite Pendant
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $360
Rare team-composite pendant featuring sixteen members of the 1894 National League Champion Baltimore Orioles. The dual-sided celluloid display piece features a convex front and flat reverse. Pictured on the front, in formal attire, are portrait photos of the following sixteen members of the 1894 Baltimore Orioles: manager Ned Hanlon, John McGraw, Wee Willie Keeler, Hughie Jennings, Dan Brouthers, Wilbert Robinson, Kid Gleason, Steve Brodie, Boileryard Clarke, Joe Kelley, Heinie Reitz, Sadie McMahon, Bill Hawke, Duke Esper, George Hemming, and Frank Bonner. Each player is identified in print next to his image; however, most of the names have faded beyond legibility (the identifications are accurate due to our familiarity with the piece; we have seen other examples). Additional lettering on the front, all of which is light but perfectly legible, reads "Baltimore/B.B.C./1894." The reverse features an illustration of Baltimore's famous "Battle Monument," and the lettering "Baltimore B.B.C./1894/Champions of the World." The manufacturer's name and the copyright date also appear on the reverse ("Torsch & Lee. Balto. Pat. Jan. 30. 1894."). This piece was originally issued with a pin and ribbon, both of which are no longer present. 1894 marked the first of three consecutive National League pennants for the legendary Baltimore Orioles, considered by many to be one of the greatest nineteenth-century teams. The Orioles were characterized by strong hitting and outstanding defense, not to mention their complete disdain for the rules. Included among their more favored illegal tactics were knocking their opponents down as they circled the bases, hiding baseballs in the high outfield grass, cutting corners as they rounded the bases, and handing out mirrors to their fans to reflect sunlight into the eyes of opposing batters and fielders. Despite that "unique" brand of ball, the Orioles' talent was obvious: no fewer than six members were later elected to the Hall of Fame. This is a very attractive piece, ideal for display, commemorating the club's first ever pennant-winning season. The front of the celluloid piece (1.75 inches in diameter) is heavily toned and displays general wear. Without reference to the missing ribbon and pin, the pendant is in Very Good condition overall. SOLD FOR $360
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