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1913 Philadelphia Athletics World Series Press Pin
Starting Bid - $2,500, Sold For - $5,400
This Philadelphia Athletics press pin, issued for the 1913 World Series against the New York Giants, is one of the great rarities of all press pins and is also particularly noted for its extraordinary visual appeal. The elaborate design of the pin consists of a circular medallion (1.25 inches in diameter) featuring the raised image of the A's "White Elephant" perched upon a crossed bats-and-ball motif. The medallion is suspended from a blue-and-white silk ribbon lettered “Press,” which in turn is attached to the brooch. The brooch (1.75 x .75 inches) displays the Baseball Writers Association logo and is lettered "World’s Series – Shibe Park – Phila. 1913.” The practice of issuing World Series press pins began in 1911 and has continued to this day. The 1913 A's press pin is among the most majestic of all World Series press pins, and one does not have to be a press-pin collector to appreciate this beauty. The combination of this pin’s extreme rarity (few examples have survived the ages) and elaborate design have made it one of the most highly prized of all World Series souvenirs. Both the brooch and medallion display some normal tarnishing and are otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. The ribbon displays fraying and color fading near the base. In Very Good condition overall. It should be emphasized that this is an extreme rarity among press pins. In fact, this is only the second complete example of this pin that we have offered in the past fifteen years! The other realized $12,925 in our April 2008 auction (Lot 1309). Pin back. Manufactured by J. E. Caldwell & Co. Length: 4.75 inches.
Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $5,400
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