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Rare 1913 Cravats Souvenir Felt Pennants Collection (3)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $480
Trio of exceptionally rare examples from the 1913 Cravats Felt Pennants series. Each pennant, which measures 4-1/8 inches wide at the top and 9 inches from top to bottom, features an illustration of the player in white, with his last name and team name printed underneath. Above the illustration is a bat and baseball, with "Cravats" printed inside. A metal ring reinforces a small hole punched near the top, directly above the baseball. The exact origins of the set are unknown, as are many details surrounding the manufacturer, intended use of the pennants, and even the complete checklist. We had always thought that "Cravats" was the name of a candy manufacturer. According to the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, the Cravats name "may represent the issuer or describe the issue. . .[as] 'cravat' is an arcane term for a triangular piece of cloth." Two pennants of Eddie Ainsmith (Washington Senators, green and purple) and one of Hugh Bedient (Boston Red Sox, blue) comprise this trio. Each of the pennants present as Excellent, but would technically grade lower if assigned a numerical grade due to a faint crease directly above the player's name. This is an extraordinary trio from this rare issue worthy of even the most advanced collection. Total: 3 pennants. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $480
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