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1915 Boston Red Sox "Rockland Day at Fenway Park" Pin Featuring Team Owner Joseph Lannin
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $840
Presented is a small celluloid button (1.25 inches in diameter) picturing Boston Red Sox team owner Joseph Lannin on front and lettered "Rockland Day at Fenway Park Aug 3, 1915" along the perimeter. A small red-white-and-blue knotted ribbon is attached to the button at the top. This button has the extraordinary provenance of originating directly from the Lannin family! It, along with a large number of other items, was originally sold by REA in its June 1997 auction. As we noted at the time, this piece was from a special promotional day in which any one from Joseph Lannin's hometown of Rockland, Massachusetts, could go to the game for free. This button was not designed with a pin back, but it could easily have been affixed to a lapel with a pin through the ribbon. This is also an extremely rare celluloid (it is the only example we have ever seen), with its extreme scarcity no doubt related to its one-day issuance. Near Mint to Mint condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $840
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