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1918 "Tinker Day" Ribbon Badge
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $296.25
Rare committee ribbon badge issued for "Tinker Day" on May 1, 1918. The red silk ribbon, which unfurls from a miniature bat, reads "Committee/Tinker/Day/Opening of/A. A. B. B. Season/May 1, 1918." A small miniature wooden baseball hangs from the tip of the ribbon. Given Joe Tinker's stellar career with the Chicago Cubs, one might imagine that "Tinker Day" was held in Chicago, but research reveals otherwise. In 1918 Joe Tinker was manager and president of the Columbus Senators, a class AA minor-league team in the American Association. In his honor, the town of Columbus, Ohio, declared that opening day, May 1st, would be celebrated as Joe Tinker Day. In addition to a ceremony at the field, the festivities also included a parade through town prior to the club's game against the Indianapolis Indians. This ribbon is, to the best of our knowledge, the only surviving example from that day. It was obviously issued in very limited numbers (as it was intended to be worn only by committee members overseeing the event) and we have never seen another. Not surprisingly, this extremely rare relic once resided in the famed Barry Halper Collection and was later sold at the Sotheby's auction in 1999 during the famous week-long sale of his memorabilia. Our consignor purchased the ribbon directly from the Halper auction and it has remained in his collection since that time. The ribbon (6 inches in length) displays a number of small tears and is in Very Good condition overall. Mounted within a small frame (5.25 x 9 inches) that still bears the original auction lot label affixed to the front. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $296.25
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