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1923 New York Yankees World Series Press Pin

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,997.50

Rare and historic New York Yankees World Series press pin dating from the club’s first World Championship in 1923. This is a particularly rare press pin from the 1920s. This pin is accompanied by the unique provenance of having once resided in the personal collection of legendary Yankees scout Paul Krichell (the man who discovered Lou Gehrig) and has been consigned directly from his family. Krichell signed Gehrig in 1923 out of Columbia University and after a summer of minor-league ball at Hartford, Gehrig joined the Yankees at the end of the season. Though he was still green, Gehrig showed his promise by batting .423 with one home run and 9 RBI in twenty-six at bats. Unfortunately, his World Series debut would have to wait until 1926. When Miller Huggins petitioned Giants manager John McGraw to allow Gehrig to be included on the Yankees 1923 World Series roster, McGraw politely refused. McGraw too had seen Gehrig play in college and he had no desire to witness his power first-hand in the series. The circular-shaped pin (7/8-inches in diameter), manufactured by Dieges & Clust, is complete with its original back piece. The threaded post has a very slight bend (of no consequence but mentioned strictly for the sake of extreme accuracy). The pin displays no wear but does have some extremely tiny edge chips to the very fragile white-enamel convex center (at 4:00 to 6:00), which is not uncommon with this pin due to its design. In Excellent condition overall. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $1,997.50

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