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    Incredibly Rare 1916 (D381) Ferguson Bakery Baseball Pillow Top Premium With Cobb, Wagner, Mathewson, Johnson, Etc. How do you know you have an inspiring collection? When there are only three known of a particular type of collectible and you have two of them. Every collection has an item that may not be the most valuable but just grabs your attention, makes your jaw drop and gives the owner mega-bragging rights. This is that kind of piece. In 1916, Ferguson Bakery used baseball cards to sell their goods. Those cards came with now almost impossible to find coupons along the bottom (See the two D381 Ferguson cards offered in this auction). For fifty coupons, one would receive an advertised "Beautiful Felt Pillow Top made from Star Base-ball Player Pennants or Favorite Movie Actor Pennants." It then explained, "This photo card was wrapped with Peerless Bread, "Perfect for the Home Plate." That meant you needed to consume 50 loaves of bread to earn the right to one of these large, now close to one-of-a-kind premiums, designed to be made into a pillow. Make no mistake, the pennants here are not the run-of-the-mill BF2 variety. They are larger (6-1/2") with more elaborate decoration.

    Some of the portraits were used for the trading cards, others are unique to this premium. The dozen subjects include some of baseball's all-time greatest names. The lineup includes, in order: Alexander, Evers, Johnson, Stallings, Mathewson, Carrigan, Cobb, Leonard, Kauff, Maranville, Wagner and Gardner. The pillow base/fringe is in overall excellent condition, six or seven missing fringe pieces is the lone fault. The dozen pennants are in great shape, any imperfection is very minor, we see no rips or tears. Each photo has some creasing and/or wrinkling. The Evers has a pair of pin holes, Mathewson has a portion of the upper left missing. The approx. 23 x 23" premium is ready for hanging and immediate chest thumping inside a 2" deep shadowbox to an overall size of 29" x 29." This is just one of three of these premiums - two with Baseball players, one featuring Movie Actors - that we are aware of. Two of those three premiums are being offered in this auction!


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2015
    13th Thursday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 12
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