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Circa 1916 Bill Carrigan Pinback Button
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $356
Extremely rare souvenir pinback button of Boston Red Sox player/manager Bill Carrigan. The celluloid button (2.25 inches in diameter) features a portrait image of Carrigan in uniform, with his name printed in white along the base of the red perimeter. The paper label on the reverse reads "A. R. Lopez & Bros./3 School St./Boston, Mass." This is a remarkably rare player button and in fact is the first example we have ever offered. The only other Carrigan button of this type we have seen was within the design of a large and elaborate 1916 Boston Red Sox "Royal Rooters" ribbon badge. The button hung from the base of the ribbon, with the pin also including a large "Red Sock" as part of the design. Carrigan played with Boston from 1906 to 1916, the last four years of which he was also manager of the club. Carrigan led the club to consecutive World Championships in 1915 and 1916 before retiring. In 1927 he returned as manager of the Red Sox, but his comeback only lasted three seasons, with his retirement this time being permanent. This is one of the premier Red Sox celluloids, celebrating Manager Carrigan and dating from the era of the great Championship seasons of 1915 and 1916. The pinback button displays a few insignificant linear indentations on the front (mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy and which can only be seen when viewed at certain angles) and is otherwise in spectacular Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $356
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