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1919 Chicago White Sox World Series Press Pin

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,406

In 1919, White Sox owner Charles Comiskey decided to cut costs by issuing World Series press pins featuring the exact same design as those issued by the club in 1917. The fact that the pin also featured his likeness on the front probably made his decision all that much easier. The fact that this decision was designed to save money, however little, is a subtle but significant reminder of the economic forces at play that contributed to the legendary Black Sox scandal. Collectors have always considered both the 1917 and 1919 White Sox pins as two of the most attractive pins from the era. The 1919 pin, however, is the far more desirable example due to its enormous historical significance. 1919 was the year in which eight members of the White Sox, including Joe Jackson, conspired to "throw" the World Series, an act which ultimately led to their banishment from baseball two years later. Despite the absence of a year on the pin, it can be distinguished from the 1917 example by the manner in which the manufacturer's name, Greenduck, is engraved on the reverse. On the 1917 example it is lettered in a straight line, whereas on the 1919 pin it is lettered in an arc. The pin was originally issued with a white ribbon (not permanently attached) which is not present here (the ribbon is exceedingly rare and very few examples are known). Threaded-post back with original fastener. In Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $4,406

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