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1899-1982 Comprehensive Baseball Pendant Collection (56)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $812.00
The awarding of pendants to baseball players for special recognition, or to entire teams in honor of championship seasons, is a tradition which dates back to before the turn of the century, and over the past several decades has almost entirely been replaced by other types of awards. Pendants have long flown under the radar of most collectors, mostly due to their scarcity, but also because no book has yet been published documenting the many styles and designs that have been made. That fact is unfortunate, for they represent some of the most attractive baseball keepsakes ever created. Presented here is the single largest and most advanced collection of baseball pendants we have ever seen. Comprised of fifty-six pendants, this collection was meticulously put together over the course of twenty years by our consignor and features many extremely rare and elaborately designed pieces. Nearly all are circular, many with scalloped edges, and most display an ornate baseball design in raised relief. A number of familiar jewelry manufacturers are represented, including Balfour and Dieges & Clust, as well as the sporting goods firms of Spalding, Goldsmith and Reach. Most were originally issued as presentation pieces and, as such, bear engraved inscriptions on either the front and/or reverse. The pendants span the years 1899 to 1982, with approximately half dating prior to 1940. Words simply cannot do justice to the tremendous visual appeal offered by these unique pieces and for that reason we have provided additional photos on our web site. The following is simply a brief overview of the highlights offered here: 1) 1910 Prospect Champions Boys League, gold filled, Dieges & Clust, recipient's name on reverse. 2) 1911 Spalding Champion Baseball Medal, sterling silver, reverse inscribed "Presented by A.G. Spalding & Bros - Champions Pittsburgh Traction League 1911." 3) Undated Spalding Champion Baseball Medal (identical in design to the previous listing), gold filled, reverse inscribed "Presented by A. G. Spalding & Bros - Gatun Championship - Atlantic Coast League Pittsburgh Traction League 1911," with attached black ribbon; 4) 1914 Princeton Interscholastic Baseball League, sterling silver with black and orange enamel inlays on front, Dieges & Clust, year engraved on reverse. 5) 1930 Pittsburgh Press Champions, gold filled, Dieges & Clust, reverse inscribed "Duquesne Light Co. Mushball League." 6-7) Undated International Softball & Baseball Federation Merit Award, Balfour, two examples, one gold colored, the other silver colored. 8) Undated Goldsmith Champions, gold colored, reverse inscribed "Presented by P. Goldsmith's, Cincinnati, Ohio." The largest piece measures two inches in diameter, while the smallest (a square pendant) measures 0.5 x .75 inches (the average piece measures one inch in diameter). Most display light to moderate tarnishing, and are otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Total: 56 pendants. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $812.00
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