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1914 Philadelphia Athletics World Series Press Pin
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,036.25
Philadelphia Athletics press pin issued for the 1914 World Series against the Boston Braves. The 1914 Philadelphia Athletics World Series press pin is noted not only for its elegant design but also for its extreme rarity. The offered example is further distinguished by its impressive provenance. This pin, along with a number of other early Philadelphia Athletics World Series press pins and presentation pieces featured in the auction (including a 1911 Philadelphia Athletics World Series press pin), has been consigned directly from the family of Joseph McCready. McCready was one of the most highly respected sportswriters in the country at the time and from 1917 through 1924 (the time of his death) he served as secretary for the Base Ball Writers Association of America. He was also a close friend of A's manager Connie Mack.
The brooch portion of the pin features the team name "Philadelphia Athletics American League" printed in relief surrounding an image of the team's logo, a white elephant, perched atop a baseball, which is fashioned in white enamel. Hanging from the brooch is a striped ribbon bearing the word "Press" in gilt lettering. Completing the exquisite design is a rectangular medallion that is bordered in blue enamel, upon which is lettered "World Series Shibe Park Philadelphia." The year, "1914," appears along the base in raised relief. The center of the medallion displays an image of a globe, in the center of which is the crossed-bats logo of the Base Ball Writers' Association rendered in green enamel. The beauty of the 1914 Philadelphia A's World Series press pin notwithstanding, it is also extremely rare. Few examples are known, nearly all of which are found only in the most advanced private collections or museums. This is one of the Holy Grails of World Series press pins and one that is seldom seen at a public auction. The fact that this pin (along with the other 1914 A's World Series press pin featured in the auction) was issued to one of the leading sportswriters of his day, and has never before been offered for sale, either publicly or privately, makes it all the more appealing. Manufactured by J. E. Caldwell. The pin (like the other 1914 example) displays wear to both the brooch and pin surfaces, including oxidation to the metal components. The ribbon portion of the piece has been less affected over time and displays only light wear, with moderate creases from having lain folded for decades. In Good condition overall, but with no chipping to either of the enamel parts. The 1914 Philadelphia Athletics press pin remains one of "keys" to compiling a complete World Series press pin run. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $5,036.25
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