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1910 Morton's Hugh Jennings Celluloid Flag Pin
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $3,300
Extremely rare flag-shaped celluloid stickpin featuring a portrait of Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings on the front alongside a colorful image of Buster Brown (holding a loaf of bread) and his dog Tige. Displayed to the right of the Buster Brown image is Jennings' trademark rallying call, "Wee-Ah" in white lettering. Advertising for Morton's Holsum Bread ("Always a winner") appears on the reverse. This is a magnificent example of one of the all-time great baseball pins of the era. The celluloid die-cut flag is designed to thread through the stickpin for wearing. Morton's also issued a set of celluloid pinbacks (1.25 inches in diameter) featuring Tigers players, which have always been a favorite with collectors. This unique die-cut flag pin of Jennings was issued at the same time, though only Jennings was issued in this format. We estimate that fewer than ten examples of this rare celluloid flag pin are known to exist. Excellent Condition. Manufactured by Whitehead & Hoag, as noted on reverse. Flag: approximately 1.75 x .75 inches. Pin: 2.25 inches long. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $3,300
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