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    The Hall of Fame second baseman leads the Mack Men to glory

    1913 Philadelphia Athletics World Championship Pocket Watch Presented to Eddie Collins. No American Leaguer stepped on home plate more often during the first great Philadelphia Athletics dynasty than this man, a key member of Connie Mack's fabled "$100,000 Infield." Eddie Collins paced the Junior Circuit in runs scored every year between 1912 and 1914, blending a scorching bat and blazing foot speed into a potent concoction that would ultimately elevate him to top five career rankings in both hits and stolen bases at the time of his retirement in 1928. Collins would properly enter the Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the inaugural class of 1939, where he remains one of the Dead Ball Era's most effective and decorated representatives.

    The legendary infielder would make a half-dozen Fall Classic appearances during his quarter-century of Major League service, winning three with the Athletics and a fourth as a member of the 1917 White Sox. Presented here is an extraordinary relic of his third trip to the sport's mountain top, the one and only "official" World Championship award earned as a member of the 1913 Philadelphia Athletics, the equivalent of a modern Championship ring.

    Though the Championship ring has held sway as the standard player's prize for over nine decades, the gold pocket watch served in that role during the Dead Ball Era, providing a functional pulse to recognize the sport's highest achievement. It should go without saying that few have survived to tempt today's collector, and certainly that thin supply narrows to a mere trickle when considering those from the trophy case of the baseball pantheon.

    The relic is the creation of the "E. Howard Watch Co.," powered by a movement numbered "1139578," a seventeen-jewel bridge model in running order. The forty-seven millimeter (47 mm.) case is crafted from fourteen karat (14K) gold, the back artfully stamped with the historic significance: "World's Champions 1913."

    We find the attribution to the legendary ballplayer under the hinged lid, where an artful engraving spells, "Edward T. Collins." The condition of the watch is truly spectacular, nearly unchanged from the state of its presentation to Collins over a century ago. Gross weight is sixty-six and a half grams (66.5 g.).

    The watch is consigned to auction by the Collins family directly, thus it should go without saying that the enormously significant artifact has never before been made available to the collecting community. It unquestionably ranks among the most important Championship awards ever to appear on the hobby's auction block. Letter of provenance from family of Eddie Collins.


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