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    Circa 1860 Empire Base Ball Club Silk Ribbon. Only a handful of these ribbons have ever surfaced in the collecting world prior to the emergence of a large archive sold in the August 2010 Heritage Signature auction. For years the precise nature of these delicate team ribbons remained a mystery until the finding of an article from a June 1902 issue of the periodical "Outing" put the matter to rest.

    "One or two of the customs of the old game were unique. Such for instance was the habit of the better class of clubs of exchanging, just before each match, silk badges imprinted with the club name. The players wore those accumulated trophies pinned upon the breast, sometimes with startling color effects; and the baseball man was proud, indeed, who could pin on the outside of his deep strata of badges a ribbon from the mighty Atlantics, Mutuals or Eckfords, attesting his worth for meeting giants, if not mastering them."

    This early relic derives from the "Empire Base Ball Club," likely the St. Louis team that was often called the "Champions of the West" for its long standing atop the Missouri baseball hierarchy in the years just before and after the Civil War. Ribbon measures 1.75x6" and exhibits a degree of age-toning but no flaws of distraction.


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