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1914 Boston "Miracle" Braves Royal Rooters Ribbon Pin - Extraordinary Rarity!
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,800
Presented is one of the best and rarest Royal Rooters items we have ever had the privilege of offering: Exceedingly rare ribbon pin worn by one of Boston's legendary Royal Rooters during the Boston Braves' 1914 "miracle" season. This is one of only a few surviving examples of this significant pin, and one of the most highly prized celluloid baseball-pin rarities of the era. The elegant design features a gold-colored pin from which hangs a red ribbon reading "Boston Royal Rooters 1914" in gilt letters. Attached at the base of the ribbon is a colorful celluloid button featuring a portrait illustration of an Indian brave in full headdress that is lettered "Boston Braves Champions 1914" along the perimeter. The ribbon displays minor fraying along the top, with light wear to a few of the letters. The button has two very light surface indentations (of little or no consequence, only visible when viewed at a certain angle) and normal oxidation on the reverse; it is otherwise in Near Mint condition. No paper label is present, but based upon another example we have seen, the pin was produced by A.Lopez & Bros. of Boston. In Excellent condition overall. The Royal Rooters, a well-organized group of Boston's most diehard sports fans, are best known for their fanatical support of the Boston Red Sox but, as this pin shows, they were more than willing to cast their allegiance to the town's other baseball club when needed. The 1914 Boston Braves probably had little support from the Rooters, or any fans for that matter, early in the season. On July 4th the club found itself fifteen games behind the first-place Giants and most of the team's faithful had all but given up hopes for a pennant run. Miraculously, however, the Braves went on an amazing winning streak and by September 21st had overtaken the Giants in the standings. They ultimately pulled away and won the pennant by ten and a half games. The Braves then upset the powerful A’s in four straight games to capture the first World Championship in franchise history. This is an extraordinary and rare souvenir from that memorable season. As noted, this pin is also universally recognized as one of the great classics of all rare baseball-pin collecting. It is no accident that this pin is one of the few (and most prominent! front and center!) which have the honor of appearing on the cover of pinback collecting's most highly regarded reference work: the 586-page hardcover book Baseball Pinback Buttons by Paul Muchinsky (2004, Great Oaks Press, Summerfield, N.C.). This exceptional rarity would be a highlight addition to even the most advanced baseball celluloid, Miracle Braves, or Royal Rooters memorabilia collection. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,800
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