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1914 Frank Chance "1914 Braves" Ornate-Border Pin
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $360
Extremely rare heart-shaped pin picturing Hall of Famer Frank Chance. Both the year "1914" and the team name "Braves" also appear in the circular photo. While we are not certain if all collectors would consider this pin to be part of the circa 1915 PM1 ornate-border pin set, it is clearly related to the PM1 pin set, and was almost certainly manufactured by the same company. PM1s are one of the most distinctive and popular of all early baseball pin issues. Sometimes referred to as the "fancy border pin set," PM1s are normally designed with an oval real photo set in an ornately designed oval mount. This example is the one exception in the set and features a circular photo set with an ornate heart-shaped mount. While it is not surprising that a pin was issued to commemorate the 1914 Braves' "Miracle" season, the decision to use a photo of Cubs player/manager Frank Chance, who had no connection to the team that year, is a mystery. (We assume it is Frank Chance because it is the same photo used on Chance's individual pin in the PM 1 set.) Perhaps the manufacturer intended to use Evers, who was a key member of the Braves in 1914 and is also featured individually in the PM1 set, but simply confused the two (they formed two thirds of the famed double-play combo "Tinker to Evers to Chance"). It is also possible this is actually a photo of Harry Steinfeldt. This mystery notwithstanding, it remains a rare and very attractive pinback commemorating the Braves' 1914 World Championship season. The 1914 "Miracle" Braves remain one of baseball's legendary clubs by virtue of their historic midseason turnaround. On July 18th the club trailed the New York Giants by eleven games and seemed destined for another last-place finish. To the astonishment of all, the Braves fashioned an incredible winning streak that saw them post a record of 60-16 to close out the season and capture the pennant. The team then capped its historic comeback by sweeping the heavily favored A's in the World Series. The pin (approximately 1.25 x 1 inches) displays light wear and is in Excellent condition overall. SOLD FOR $360
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