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1896 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Pin with Connie Mack! (Pettibone Manufacturing)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,276.00
Extraordinarily rare 1896 Pittsburgh Pirates team pin featuring portraits of the entire team. This pin is noteworthy on many counts: 1) This team pin includes Connie Mack as a player (he was also manager of the Pirates in 1895 and 1896). It is one of the very few cards or pins featuring Mack as a player and dating from his playing days. 2) This is from an extremely rare series of pins, and one of only two baseball pin sets dating from before 1900. Very few examples from this set have ever surfaced - probably fewer than ten in total. We have seen only two different teams from this series to date (the other team is Cincinnati), and this is only the third example of the Pirates we have ever seen or heard of during the past thirty-five years. 3) This series has an extraordinary significance to collecting as it is the very first baseball celluloid pin set: 1896 was the first year of the celluloid pin. This series predates Cameo Pepsin Gum pins (commonly assumed by many to be the first baseball pins) by approximately two years. It is unknown exactly how these pins were issued, but each has the manufacturer's credit "The Pettibone MFG. Co." on the back. The pins are designed with lapel style backs, with the lithographed portrait images trapped under a celluloid cover. Perfect, crisp detail to portrait images, just a hint of foxing and a tiny bit of tarnishing on the metal rim. Overall in Excellent condition. Diameter: .75 inches. Overall Excellent condition. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,276.00
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