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Extraordinary 1958 to 1960 Los Angeles Dodgers Large-Format Player Stadium Pins Collection (12)

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,920

Presented is an extraordinary collection of the elusive large-format (3.5 inch in diameter) black-and-white player stadium pins featuring members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, issued between 1958 and 1960. Highlighted by Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax and Pee Wee Reese, this collection of eleven different Los Angeles Dodgers pins (plus one Los Angeles Angel pin) is by far the largest and best collection of its type we have ever seen. This is not by chance! This collection was assembled over a period of decades and is from the personal collection of the most advanced of all baseball pin collectors: These are from the personal collection of pioneer pinback collector Dr. Paul Muchinsky. Dr. Muchinsky, of course, is also the author of Baseball Pinback Buttons (2004, Great Oaks Press, Summerfield, N.C.). Eleven of the twelve pins serve as the plate specimens found on pages 382-384 of this definitive reference work. Each of these pins is extremely rare, and we do not even recall previously seeing other examples of many of the players found within this lot, including Sandy Koufax. Most PM10 stadium pins measure a standard 1.75 inches in diameter. These large-format 3.5 inch diameter pins probably cost considerably more, and were made in far lower numbers than the traditional smaller stadium pins, and these factors are no doubt related to their rarity compared to smaller stadium pins.

As noted by Dr. Muchinsky, pinback buttons measuring more than three inches in diameter were simply not commonplace until 1970 or later. This collection consists of the following: Davis, Erskine, Hodges, Howard, Koufax, Larker, Newcombe, Pearson (Angels), Podres, Reese, Sherry, and Williams. Larker is the only pin in this collection that does not serve as a plate specimen in Baseball Pinback Buttons (because it was added to the collection after publication). Condition of these pins is outstanding. The black-and-white player images are crisp and clean, and the surface of each pin has been preserved beautifully, with only very light scratches visible under close inspection on a few (mentioned strictly for the sake of accuracy). The Podres pin displays light age spotting along the right edge of the pin as well as an insignificant area of surface wear near his left shoulder. The reverse of each pin is fully intact, with normal light oxidation, which does not in the least detract from the overall Excellent to Mint appearance of this collection. This is a spectacular and extremely significant collection of twelve large-format player stadium pins that would be a significant addition to any world-class pinback or Los Angeles Dodgers collection. Total: 12 pins. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,920

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