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1915 Schmelzer's Sporting Goods Danny Hoffman Advertising Pin - PSA NM-MT 8
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,320
Graded NR-MT 8 by PSA. This extremely rare sample pin from the 1915 Schmelzer's Sporting Goods advertising pin series features a portrait of Danny Hoffman. This pin originates from the incredible find of twelve Schmelzer's Sporting Goods pins that were auctioned by REA in 2006 (and which appeared as lot 932, selling for $82,200). These pins are so rare that previous to this small 2006 find Hoffman was unknown and had yet to be checklisted! In addition to being the first baseball pin set to combine photos of famous ballplayers with color lithographic artwork, Schmelzer's are among the rarest of all baseball celluloids. Each pin in this striking set features a black-and-white portrait image of the player along with a full-color figure of a generic ballplayer to the left, representing a position, which is also noted above the portrait in red lettering. Schmelzer's Sporting Goods pins have been revered by advanced collectors for both their rarity and design since the earliest days of organized collecting. The pin, as reflected in its grade of NM-MT 8 by PSA, features perfect centering and exceptional gloss. Complete with the original advertising back paper still intact on the reverse. The backing indicates that these pins were manufactured for Schmelzer's Sporting Goods of Kansas City by The Whitehead & Hoag Company, the premier pinback-maker of the era. This is a high-grade example of one of celluloid collecting's most desirable and virtually impossible-to-obtain rarities. Diameter: 1.25 inches. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $1,320
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