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    1915 PM1 Ornate Frame Pins Ty Cobb. The greatest name of the Dead Ball era demonstrates the wide stance and grip that gave birth to over 4,000 hits. The most extensively represented baseball figure from the tobacco days, Cobb is found in Mint condition in only a small handful of the thousands of surviving cards and pins of the era. Certainly this competes for the finest playing-days issue of all.

    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


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    Auction Dates
    May, 2008
    3rd Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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