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    Circa 1860 Flyaway Baseball Team 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 Flyaway team of the Tri-Mountain League of New England, headquartered in east Boston. It exhibits an expected degree of edge wear and age toning, but no faults that significantly detract from the fine aesthetics. Ribbon is matted and framed to dimensions of 5.5x11".


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    May, 2015
    14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
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