1914 "Miracle" Boston Braves World Championship Leather. Exceptionally rare in any condition, and essentially unheard of in the spectacular EX-MT+ state in which this specimen finds itself today, this incredible fringed leather pillow top celebrates the team responsible for one of the most incredible comebacks in the game's long history. Ten games below .500 at the midpoint of the season, the Braves stormed back in the second half to win sixty-one of the final seventy-seven to take the pennant by a landslide. A four-game sweep of the all but invincible Philadelphia Athletics in October accounts for the bold "World Champions" text that, along with "Boston Braves" above, frames the incredible photographic image imprinted on the body of the piece. Easily identifiable in the front row are Hall of Famers Johnny Evers and Rabbit Maranville, with image clarity one wouldn't expect in this medium. Factory cut tassels and a stitched leather band, used to secure the piece to a pillow, ring the perimeter of this exceptional piece. Both of these features are original and unrestored, with no additional stitching as is often seen. A few darkened patches, each approximately the size of a dime, appear on the image, with a larger patch just above the word "World," but these are of minor consideration given the impressive overall visual quality and the tremendous scarcity of this relic. Total dimensions are 23x24". The winning bidder should rest quite easily in the belief that he owns the definitive example of this piece.

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2005
    29th Saturday
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