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Extraordinary Pair of 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates Postcards with Attached Pennants
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,800
Two rare 1909 postcards issued in commemoration of the Pirates' 1909 World Championship. One of the most interesting aspects of both of these postcards (in addition to featuring pennant attachments, a very unusual and interesting design element), is how quickly they were produced, as one is postmarked just three days after the World Series! 1) This novel postcard displays a small gold felt pennant, lettered "Pirates," affixed to the front. An illustration of a smiling Pirate appears below. The text explains the presence of the pennant: "The Pirates 1909 Champions of the World/We have two pennants now, old boy,/The 'World's' and 'Nationals' too;/And so, you see, it gives me joy/To send this one to you." Incredibly, the postcard is postmarked twice, with the earlier postmark dated October 19, 1909, which was just three days following the Pirates' World Series victory. A handwritten note on the reverse reflects the Pirates victory: "You can Ty Cobb/But you can't tie Wagner/A hot time in the old town last night. Big doings for the Pirates/10-19-09." The card (5.5 x 3.5 inches) displays light edge and corner wear and is in Excellent condition overall. 2) A similarly designed novel postcard featuring a small red pennant lettered "Pirates World's Champions 1909." The comic vignette features Ty Cobb roped to a corn cobb and being spoon fed by Babe Adams. The names of the Pirates players adorn the border. Addressed and mailed. Postmarked "Nov 5, 1909." 5.5 x 3.5 inches. Vg, with light discoloration along the reverse. Two outstanding and unusual novelty postcard rarities that are ideal for display and would be very much at home in many different types of collections. Total: 2 postcards. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,800
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