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Original 1909 Shibe Park Turnstile
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,320.00
Offered here is a fully restored turnstile from Shibe Park, one of baseball's most venerable baseball stadiums of yore. This fully functional turnstile, with bottom pedal, is one of the twelve originally installed at Shibe Park in 1909. Shibe Park opened in 1909 and was the first concrete-and-steel stadium in the Major Leagues. Literally millions of fans have passed through this very turnstile. A state-of-the-art facility at the time of its construction, the park was home to both the Philadelphia Athletics (1909-54) and Philadelphia Phillies (1938-70). It was also the home site of the National Football League Frankford Yellow Jackets (1920s) and the Philadelphia Eagles (1940-42, 1944-57). Shibe Park (renamed Connie Mack Stadium in 1953) was eventually demolished in 1976. Luckily, a part of the stadium's long and rich tradition lives on in this unique and evocative souvenir. Turnstiles are much rarer than stadium seats and make for a wonderful display piece in any home museum or office large enough to accommodate them. This turnstile originates from the collection of Paul Hill, one of the hobby's legendary early memorabilia collectors. The turnstile has been completely restored to its original appearance and measures 36 inches high and 42 inches wide. Due to the weight and size of this piece, the shipping charges (depending on exactly where it is sent and method of shipping) may be substantial. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,320.00
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