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    1930's-60's Vintage Chicago Cubs Pennants Lot of 12. One of the most beloved franchises boasts the charming memorabilia from literally decades of onfield futility rewarded with varying degrees of adulation. Here are a dozen vintage Cubbies pennants that work well with that theme, all in rather remarkable condition and displaying an unusual diversity and charm. Pennants are 29 inches in length and mostly in EX or even better condition, with digressions from that norm noted. Seven of the pennants from the 1930s to 1950's show a vast array of variations on the team's Bruin mascot, none resembling the iconic modern version so well known to postwar Cubs fans. A black pennant with orange letter shows a crudely designed bear holding a bat as he approaches a base, another shows two drawings of cubs and "Chicago Cubs" stacked lettering on a quiet gray background. On the former the black tassels are nearly missing; on the latter, there are pinholes visible only upon the most strenuous examination. On another navy blue pennant from the same era, a roughly drawn cub catches a ball standing in a line drawing of Wrigley Field (and thusly labeled); this has white lettering with a scripted 'Chicago", plus yellow trim on the left edge and yellow tassels. Another early pennant shows an outlined cub seemingly holding on to the large "C" in Chicago and block white letter all-caps "CUBS" appearing all the way to the left of the light gray pennant. This specimen has the slightest bit of wear showing on the tip and circular indentations from eyelets that secured it to a wall. Perhaps the oldest pennant is an unusual red background with a white bear at the left and white letters "Chicago Cubs," with a bit of dirt showing on the white trim at the left edge but otherwise in highly collectible condition. The final two from this subgroup include a near-pristine example of a Cubs cartoonish bruin and white-letters over a steel blue pennant, with tassels seeming as untouched as the day they were attached; the other is a kind of bizarre depiction of oddly drawn Bear figure holding a bat inside Wrigley on the left side and a small cub alongside a rendering of the Chicago skyline on the right, all done in colors that the impolitic might describe as hideous. The palette here includes a curious yellow that dominates, along with an uneasy blue that is used for the main lettering on the pennant, It's in impeccable shape and likely a hot ticket despite its unusual, uh, complexion. A 1930's steel blue pennant shows two roughly drawn bruins and "Chicago" in white letters; the white trim on the left edge shows some dirt and the tassels reveal slight damage to one and about 60 percent of a second one missing. There is also a small tear about a third of the way along on the bottom of the pennant. A bright red pennant from the 1940's shows a player sliding into a base and block letter "Chicago Cubs"; this pennant shows just the slightest wear to the black trim panel on the left side. Another curious pennant with iridescent colors turns up from the 1960's, with a "Cub Power" subtitle and three tiny bear cubs surrounding or hanging on the red-and-white Cubs letter on the steel blue pennant. The dominant image is a Cubs batter atop Wrigley Field, all portrayed in that aforementioned iridescent orange and green. A 1940's pennant shows a soft belt cubby bear inside a multi-colored Wrigley Field adjacent to white letters on a red background, along with yellow trim on the left side. The final pennant, also from the 1940's, shows a small image of a Cub mascot in a stylized Wrigley Field, all done in white, as is the lettering for "Chicago Cubs," which contrast with the red background. The white panel on the left side reveals only the smallest bit of soiling, along with a tiny pinhole and indentation from an eyelet in the upper-left corner. From the Roger Marth Collection.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    3rd-5th Thursday-Saturday
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