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Japanese Baseball Pin (Including Major League Tour Rarities) and Other Items Collection (26)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $3,600
This collection of baseball pins, ribbon badges, belt buckles, and medallions/pendants is unique in that all of the items originate from Japan, including a number of rarities issued for major league overseas tours. A total of twenty-six items are represented here, nearly all of which bear Japanese writing on the front and/or reverse. Although most are not dated, for the ones that are, the dates range from 1929 to 1990. A partial listing is as follows: 1-2) Two New York Yankees 1955 circular belt buckles (1.5 inches in diameter), one of which is accompanied by a ribbon attachment. 3) 1955 New York Yankees pin (1 x 1 inches). 4-5) Two 1962 Detroit Tigers circular belt buckles (1.25 inches in diameter), one of which is accompanied by a ribbon attachment. 6) 1962 Detroit Tigers pin (1.25 inches in diameter) with ribbon attachment. 7) 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers pin (1.5 x 1.75 inches). 8-9) Two different Cincinnati Reds pins (no years listed). 10) A 1953 United States Tour pin (2 x 1 inches; no major league team specifically mentioned; the design incorporates features of both the American and Japanese flags). 11) A circular medallion (1.5 inches in diameter) reading "All American All Star Team Japan 1953. 12) A 1952 "Nippon World Series" pendant (2.5 x 1 inches) with miniature jackknife attachment. 13) A 1952 Japanese All Star Game pin. 14) A black ribbon (5 x 1.5 inches) with small circular pendant attached bearing a baseball and the flags of both the United States and Japan (appears to be an early piece, possibly circa 1931). 15) A medallion (1.5 x 1.5 inches), in the design of shield, featuring a baseball player on the front and the date, "1929," on the reverse. All of the items in this collection, including those not listed here, can be viewed on our website. Excellent condition overall. Total: 26 items. 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 (open). SOLD FOR $3,600
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