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Gigantic 1939 Baseball Centennial Banner
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $7,637.50
1939 was a special year in baseball history, as it marked the 100th anniversary of our national pastime. The highlight of the year-long festivities was the official dedication of the Baseball Hall of Fame on June 12th in Cooperstown, New York. Offered here is a rare Centennial of Baseball cloth banner that was once proudly displayed during the 1939 Hall of Fame dedication ceremony. The patriotic red, white, and blue banner features the Baseball Centennial logo in the center, with the words "Baseball" and "Centennial" lettered, respectively, along the top and bottom borders. Two metal grommets, for use in hanging, are featured along the left border. This banner was originally intended to be displayed on a hand-held mast. Ideally, we have located a photograph (which is part of a separate lot in this auction) from the 1939 Hall of Fame dedication ceremony that pictures an example of this banner being paraded about in just that manner. A copy of this photo accompanies the lot. An Annin manufacturing label appears on the left border. Annin, founded in 1847, is the oldest and largest manufacturer of flags in the United States. The banner (approximately 48 x 72 inches) displays light soiling and a few minor stains, which are of very little consequence. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is an extremely attractive and outstanding display piece from the historic dedication of the Hall of Fame and celebration of baseball's 100th anniversary in Cooperstown in 1939. From the Barry Halper Collection. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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