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1912 Boston Red Sox Pennant
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $948
Rare Boston Red Sox pennant issued during the club's memorable 1912 World Championship season. The small red-and-white felt pennant, which features a raised-relief design created by the application of red-felt letters to the central white strip, reads "Red Sox - 1912." A "red sock" on either end of the pennant completes the attractive motif. 1912 marked the first of four World Championships won by the Red Sox during the decade, with the other victories coming in 1915, 1916, and 1918. The 1912 club was led by the incomparable "Smokey Joe" Wood, who won a league-leading thirty-four games, and the outfield triumvirate of Tris Speaker, Harry Hooper, and Duffy Lewis. In what was one of the most exciting World Series ever played, Boston defeated the New York Giants in eight games (one game ended in a tie) to capture their first World Championship since 1903. This is one of only four or five 1912 Boston Red Sox pennants of this style we have ever seen and only the second we have ever offered. The first, a high-grade Ex-Mt example, appeared as Lot 1238 in our May 2010 auction, where it realized $4,113. This pennant also has the added appeal of being new to the hobby. Our consignor received it directly from his father many years ago, and it has been in the family for decades (probably since 1912). The pennant (16.25 inches in length) is complete with both sets of tassels and retains all of its vibrant color. The only flaws are a few tiny moth holes that occurred over the course of decades while it was in storage. In Very Good condition overall. This is an exceptional and rarely seen relic, ideal for display as intended, commemorating the start of Boston's 1912-1918 dynasty. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $948
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