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1897 Cameo Pepsin Gum Pin - Chief Zimmer
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $480
Pristine Cameo Pepsin Gum pin of Chief Zimmer of the Cleveland Spiders. Zimmer is an especially noteworthy subject in the Cameo Pepsin Gum pin set. "Chief" Zimmer was a teammate of Lou Sockalexis (the Native American ballplayer who gave the Cleveland Indians their name); however, despite his nickname, Zimmer himself was not actually a Native American. Charles Zimmer once captained a team called the Poughkeepsie Indians, and forever after was known as "Chief" Zimmer. In addition to being a star catcher and one of baseball's first entrepeneurs (Zimmer is well known to collectors for his famous "Zimmer Game"), he was the first catcher to play directly behind the batter on every play. Previously, catchers would move farther back of the plate with runners on base. Cameo Pepsin Gum pins are among the rarest and most significant of all baseball pinbacks. Not only were they the first baseball pinback set, but one of the few baseball issues of any kind dating from the late 1890s. The offered example is complete with its original paper backing and remains in extraordinary Near Mint to Mint condition. Manufactured by Whitehead & Hoag. Diameter: 1.25 inches. From the Dan Gantt Collection. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $480
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