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1898 Cameo Pepsin Gum Pin Collection Including Chief Zimmer (3)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,088.00

Collection of three 1898 Cameo Pepsin Gum pins: Chief Zimmer (Cleveland), Donahue (Chicago), and Kittredge (Chicago). This is an incredibly sharp group. All three have portraits that practically "jump off the pin." The Zimmer pin is especially noteworthy. "Chief" Zimmer was a teammate of Lou Sockalexis (the Native American ballplayer who gave the Cleveland Indians their name); however, despite his nickname, Zimmer himself was not actually a Native American. Charles Zimmer once captained a team called the Poughkeepsie Indians, and forever after was known as "Chief" Zimmer. In addition to being a star catcher and one of baseball's first entrepeneurs (Zimmer is well known to collectors for his famous "Zimmer Game"), he was the first catcher to play directly behind the batter on every play. Previously, catchers would move farther back of the plate with runners on base. Cameo Pepsin Gum pins were the first baseball pinback set and one of the few baseball issues of any kind dating from the late 1890s. These are three extraordinary examples from this very rare set. Zimmer is Nr/Mt to Mint (no back paper), Donahue is Nr/Mt-Mt (with back paper), and Kittredge has foxing on the curl (almost totally not visible from the front), and is otherwise in Nr/Mt-Mt condition (with back paper). Total 3 pins. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000. SOLD FOR $2,088.00

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