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Rare 1904 Stenzel’s “Rooter Button” Pin - Admiral Schlei (Cincinnati Reds)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $840
Stenzel's "Rooter Button" pins are among the rarest of all souvenir player pins. Issued in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1904, all feature Cincinnati Reds players. The offered example features catcher George "Admiral" Schlei. The design of the celluloid pin (1.25 inches in diameter) features a portrait image of the player in the center, with the text above reading "Stenzel's Rooter Button." The last name of the player and his respective position (abbreviated form) are noted in print below the portrait. As noted in the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, nearly all of the information we have about this issue is provided by the paper insert on the reverse, which reads "Compliments of Jake Stenzel, B. B. Exchange Opposite Ball Park." Below that is the name of the printer, "Pettibone/Cin'ti." Jake Stenzel, who lived in Cincinnati for nearly his entire life (he was born there and died there), enjoyed a nine-year major league career (1892-1899), including one season with Cincinnati. Obviously, he was also an entrepreneur, as evidenced by the manufacture and sale of these pins, which he sold or gave away as promotional items right across the street from the ballpark. According to the Standard Catalog, the checklist for this issue currently numbers eleven, but the exact number of different players in the set is unknown. This is just the third 1904 Stenzel's advertising pin example we have ever offered and we have seen very few over the years. The offered pin, which is complete with its reverse paper insert, is in Excellent condition. From the Dan Gantt Collection.
Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $840
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