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1912 World Series Press Pin (New York Giants)....

2013 August 1 - 2 Platinum Night Sports Auction - Chicago #7080

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 1, 2013
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9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

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One of the rarest press pins in the hobby!
1912 World Series Press Pin (New York Giants). It was one of the most consequential seasons in baseball history. Fenway Park was christened, the New York Highlanders (later the Yankees) first suited up in pinstripes, and the year concluded with one of the most dramatic World Series in the history of the Major Leagues, the Boston Red Sox rallying from one run down in the bottom of tenth inning in the deciding game to score twice against Christy Mathewson and walk off as World Champions. Not until Buckner's nightmare in 1986 would a World Series victor flirt so precariously with defeat, again a meeting of the Boston Red Sox with a Big Apple representative of the Senior Circuit.

Here we present one of the very few surviving press pins from that memorable 1912 Fall Classic, worn by a journalist for the three games contested at Coogan's Bluff in upper Manhattan. This was just the second year that such charms were presented to newspapermen covering the sport's greatest event, one of several factors contributing to such relics' intense rarity today. Arguably even more challenging to survival than the advanced vintage is the delicate construction that utilizes a gold embossed ribbon commonly tattered or entirely absent in the few known representations extant. But here the ribbon, and its "World's Series, Brush Stadium, Polo Grounds, New York, 1912" text, exhibits no signs of its triple-digit age. An enameled bar announcing "Press" and a round medallion (1.5" diameter) are attached at either end. The latter pictures an enormous batter (a Giant), a tiny catcher and the text "New York Giants vs. Boston Red Sox." The back of both the ribbon and the medallion are marked with "Whitehead & Hoag Co.," manufacturer of several of the earliest World Series press pins.

An exciting opportunity to own the finest example known of one of the hobby's great rarities.




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