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1905 Philadelphia Athletics Large Celluloid Display Pin in Original Frame

Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $4,640.00

Gigantic celluloid display pin featuring the 1905 Championship Philadelphia Athletics measures an incredible 6.5 inches wide and 4.5 inches tall. This is one of the rarest and most impressive of all baseball celluloids known to exist. Over the past 35 years, we have seen or heard of exactly four examples of this extraordinary rarity (including this one). This example is a new discovery. There are very few baseball celluloids from this era of this extraordinary size and display value. The Philadelphia A's were one of the great teams of the era. The celluloid features Manager Connie Mack (center) seated in his traditional street clothes (even back in 1905!) surrounded by his Championship Athletics team, including pitching aces Chief Bender, Rube Waddell, and Eddie Plank. Please note that the mat and frame in which the celluloid are presented are original to the piece. This is how the piece was issued by the manufacturer. When removed from the frame, the reverse of the celluloid does not actually have a pinback, but instead has a metal easel attachment. This design was intended to allow for the flexibility of display in the frame as issued, or standing by itself separate from the frame. The original frame has a few minor corner chips to the gold paint and is otherwise in Excellent condition. The 1905 Athletics celluloid has literally never been touched by human hands since framed by the manufacturer in 1905. It has perfect contrast and is flawless in all respects. Perfect Mint Condition. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$8,000. SOLD FOR $4,640.00

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