Description1915 PM1 Ornate Frame Pins Frank Baker. After three World Series and four American League Championships, "Home Run" Baker would sit out the entire 1915 season that this pin was issued in a contract dispute with Connie Mack, effectively ending his Hall of Fame service to the Philadelphia Athletics. Here he demonstrates the form that earned him the long ball crown from 1911 through 1914.
One of the most exciting "finds" of 2007 will present bidders in the Heritage Auction Galleries May 2008 Signature Sports Auction with the opportunity to own what are unquestionably the finest PM1 pins on the face of the earth. The nine pins were located by Heritage's consignors at an Arkansas flea market and purchased for a song, the seller unaware of the tremendous scarcity and importance of the treasures.
The discovery of these pins sheds a small beam of light upon an issue that still remains largely shrouded in mystery. Though it has been established that these Ornate-frame Pins date to 1915, the identity of the original issuer and the mode of distribution remain an enigma. This stunning assortment Mint pins adds a Hall of Famer to the known roster of PM1's, providing the hobby with its first look at a Chief Bender model. And the balance of the find, featuring Frank Baker, Frank Chance, Al Demaree, Ty Cobb, Johnny Evers (name only), Walter Johnson, Benny Kauff and Joe Tinker, each remain attached to its original 2x2" blank card, also never before encountered in the hobby.
Those few hobbyists who have met with this rare issue are well aware that condition problems are accepted as an inevitability when collecting PM1's, with oxidation and damage to the delicate metal frame and scratching of the central image present on essentially all existing specimens. The Mint condition of this Arkansas find is quite literally unprecedented, and should pique the interes
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