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1910 Philadelphia A's World Championship Trophy Cup Presented to Jack Lapp
Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $23,700.00
Exceedingly rare silver-plated trophy cup presented to John "Jack" Lapp in commemoration of the Philadelphia Athletics' 1910 World Championship. Each player on the Championship Athletics team received one of these trophies. This is not only one of the earliest World Series trophies in existence, but one of the most beautifully designed as well. The front side of the three-handled cup displays the gold-plated Philadelphia city crest and is engraved "Presented By/The Citizens of Philadelphia/To/John W. Lapp/World's Champions/The American Base Ball Club/of Philadelphia/Season/1910." Another side of the cup features a crossed bat-and-ball motif in raised relief, while the third displays an enameled blue pennant picturing a white elephant and the letter "A." As noted on the underside, the trophy was manufactured by J. E. Caldwell & Co. of Philadelphia and is stamped "Silver Plate." (Also of special note: J. E. Caldwell & Co. is the same company that produced the Philadelphia A's World Series press pins and other jewelry award pieces for the team during this era.) Despite the fact that these Championship trophies were issued to each team member in 1910, they are incredibly rare today. This is the first example we have ever offered and we can only recall having seen two others at public auction over the past twelve years. (Issued to Harry Morgan and Topsy Hartsell, respectively. Hartsell's was the most recent on the block and sold for $10,775 in 2008.) It should also be noted that large-size trophies such as this were the exception rather than the rule at the time, with most World Series presentation pieces, if and when issued, taking the form of watches, fobs, and pins. Lapp split the catching duties with Ira Thomas in 1910, appearing in seventy-one games. He also started the fifth and final game of the 1910 World Series, contributing a single and one RBI in the club's 7-2 victory. The trophy cup measures eight inches in height, with the mouth having a six-inch diameter. Normal wear commensurate with its age is evident, including tarnishing on the exterior, and partial loss of the silver plating on the interior. Otherwise, it is free of any dents or dings commonly found on items of similar vintage, and the enamel on the pennant remains completely intact. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. This is a very substantial and extremely significant early World Series commemorative trophy and one of the most exceptional World Series display pieces ever presented. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000+. SOLD FOR $23,700.00
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