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1919 Cincinnati Reds World Series Press Pin
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $8,225
This gold-colored press pin, issued by the Cincinnati Reds for the infamous 1919 World Series, is simple in its design, but what it lacks in aesthetics, it more than makes up for in its historical significance. Although the Reds defeated the heavily favored White Sox in the 1919 World Series, there was little cause for celebration after it was learned that eight members of the Chicago White Sox, including Joe Jackson, conspired to "throw" the Series. Two years later, all eight conspirators received a lifetime banishment from baseball for their actions. The 1919 Reds World Series press pin (like all pre-1920 World Series press pins) is extremely rare. The center of the scalloped-edge pin features a representation of a baseball that is lettered "B.B.W.A. (Baseball Writers Association of America). The words "1919 World Series - Cincinnati" appear in relief in the surrounding border. Manufactured by Gustave Fox. Threaded-post back with original fastener. Excellent to Mint condition with the usual light surface wear on reverse. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+. SOLD FOR $8,225
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