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1890s Baseball Pin Rarities (2)

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $406.00

Two exceptionally rare nineteenth-century baseball pinbacks that once adorned the lapels of diehard fans from the era. The first is a stickpin worn by the Louisville faithful in 1897. The Louisville Colonels were a National League franchise from 1892 to 1899. Despite the presence of rookie Honus Wagner, the 1897 Louisville team finished second to last with a 52-78 record. They disbanded after the 1899 season, merging with Pittsburgh in 1900. The circular stickpin (1.25 inches in diameter) features an illustration of a throng of fans jubilantly exhorting the home team on, with a batter and catcher pictured in the background. It is lettered "Rooters Club - Louisville 1897." This is one of the earliest styles of pinbacks ever manufactured, with the illustration trapped between the solid metal reverse and the matching sealing rim frame on front, and covered with a thin sheet of celluloid. The manufacturer's name (which ends in "one Brothers") is stamped on the reverse but cannot be read in full due to a puncture on the reverse as made which allows for the stickpin to be inserted, though it can be read that this is a Cincinnati manufacturer. Ex-Mt. The second pin is an extraordinary circa 1890s figural brass stickpin stamped in the form of a uniformed baseball figure of the times. The pin-back is missing from the reverse; it is otherwise in Excellent condition. Height: 2 inches. These are both exceptional rarities, each the first we have seen. Total: 2 pins. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $406.00

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