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Rare 1950s Baseball Key-Chain Charms Collection (19)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,440
Collection of nineteen scarce 1950s baseball key-chain charms, representing three different sets. 1) 1950 Sport Stars Luckee Key Charms (8). The collection is comprised of five key chains complete with their original paper backing (Ted Willams, Hal Newhouser, Ewell Blackwell, and Ralph Kiner [two examples]) and three without their original paper backing (Bob Feller, Hal Newhouser, and Ewell Blackwell). (Williams, Newhouser, Blackwell, Kiner, and Feller represent the complete set.) One of the Kiner paper backings displays a number of minor tears and is in Very Good condition. The other paper backings (3 x 5 inches) are in Excellent to Mint condition overall. The key chains (1.5 x 1.5 inches) that are complete with their paper backing are in Near Mint condition overall. The three without their paper backing are in Excellent condition overall. 2) 1961 Baseball Player Key Chain Charms (3). This collection features three of the sixty-nine key chains in the set: Roger Maris, Brooks Robinson, and Eddie Mathews. Each key chain is comprised of a tiny black-and-white photo (1.125 x 1.5 inches) that slides into a slightly larger plastic holder. Ex-Mt. 3) 1950 Bit-O-Honey Key-Chain Charms (8). Each of these charms (1.5 x 1.5 inches), which is a square piece of leather with a small hole in the corner for the attachment to a key chain, features a colorful illustration of a ballplayer on the front. Kids could obtain these charms by redeeming Bit-O-Honey or Old Nick candy wrappers. Offered here is a complete set of six charms (Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Johnny Mize, and Bob Feller), plus one additional Bob Feller and a football charm of Sid Luckman. The Williams, DiMaggio, and one of the Feller charms have a metal eyelet protecting the hole (the others do not). The DiMaggio charm displays moderate wear and is in Very Good condition. The remainder are in Near-Mint condition overall. Total: 19 key-chain charms. From the personal collection of Dr. Paul Muchinsky, legendary pioneer collector and author of Baseball Pinback Buttons: A Photographically Illustrated Compendium and Price Guide. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $1,440
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