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1914 Joe Tinker Chicago Federal League Pennant
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $1,896
Any and all memorabilia relating to the short-lived Federal League (1914-1915) is exceedingly rare, with this spectacular 1914 Chicago Whales oversized pennant no exception. This is not only one of probably fewer than five Chicago Whales Federal League pennants known to exist (at least that we have seen or heard of during the past 40+ years!), but also only the second example we have ever seen produced on red felt (the others were all produced on green felt). What makes this one of the preeminent Federal League pennants extant is the fact that it incorporates a large illustrated likeness of player/manager Joe Tinker. Tinker is pictured in his Feds uniform holding a bat, while the team name, "Chifeds," is printed in white to the left of the image. Tinker, like a number of the game's top players, jumped to the Federal League in 1914 and it was only natural that he should sign with Chicago, the city where he had made his fame as a member of the the Cubs' legendary double-play combination Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance. The uniform style shown on this pennant was only used by the club during the 1914 season, thereby pinpointing its date of manufacture to 1914 (it is possible the pennant was sold in 1915 as well). The pennant, which measures an impressive thirty-five inches in length, has slight natural fading and is missing its tassels. The paint displays crazing to both the letters and player image, including a few small chips. In Very Good condition overall. This is one of the premier display pieces dating from the Federal League's brief two-year existence. As a point of reference, the only other Joe Tinker Chicago Whales Federal League pennant we have ever handled appeared as Lot 854 in our May 2013 auction, where it realized a final sale price of $5,628. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $1,896
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