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1946 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series "Phantom" Press-Pin Die (Dieges & Clust Archives)
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $840
Original Dieges & Clust metal die used to manufacture the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series "phantom" press pin. The octagonal die (2.5 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height) displays the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers press-pin design, as well as the die number (046524) and the year (46). On a number of occasions over the years, teams that were involved in tight pennant races were forced to order a supply of World Series press pins before the league champion had been determined. That was because the supplier needed a certain amount of time to manufacture and deliver the pins. Such was the case for the Dodgers in 1946, when their pennant hopes were derailed by the St. Louis Cardinals. Unfortunately, the Dodgers were then "stuck" with a large supply of 1946 World Series press pins, all of which were created by this die. The pin's design was identical to that used by the club in 1941, with the only difference being the year. This is one of six Dieges & Clust production dies offered in this auction, all of which originate from the family of a former company executive. They were initially obtained by the executive when all of the company's documents, records, dies, and other production-related materials were being discarded after Dieges & Clust was sold to Herff Jones in 1979. Prior to that time, the company, which was founded in 1898 by Col. Charles Dieges and Prosper Clust, was noted for its exquisite sports-related jewelry, including the manufacture of nearly all of the World Series rings and press pins produced between the years 1923 and 1956. Additionally, the company also designed and produced baseball's MVP Award, the Heisman Trophy, numerous sports trophies and figural pieces (including the famous series of "Spalding" baseball trophies issued in the 1920s), and the 1904 Olympic medals, not to mention countless custom orders for athletes. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $840
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