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1921 New York Yankees World Series Pennant
Starting Bid - $2,000.00, Sold For - $6,517.50
Incredibly rare New York Yankees pennant issued in commemoration of the club's inaugural World Series appearance in 1921. To the best of our knowledge, this is one of only four examples of this pennant. Its rarity aside, this might also be the earliest known Yankees pennant, as we have never seen an example predating it. As can be seen even at a glance, it is also a simply stunning pennant in terms of design. The blue-felt pennant features an illustration of a generic Yankees player in full windup on the left side, while the team name, "Yankees," is displayed on the main body of the piece. The notation "World Series" is lettered within the design of the illustrated player, to the right of which is the year, "1921." Of the four known examples of this pennant, we can recall having seen three at public auction in recent times. The first was offered in the historic Barry Halper auction in 1999, where it realized a final sales price of $7,475. The second example, which is the offered pennant, was purchased by our consignor at auction for $13,200 in 2008. The third was featured as Lot 1264 in Robert Edward Auctions' May 2011 catalog and sold for $11,750. The pennant (26 inches in length), which retains all of its original blue hue (with no fading to the fabric), displays only modest wear commensurate with its age and former use. The four white tassels are intact and remain firmly affixed to the body of the pennant. Two tack holes are evident along the top and bottom edges of the white felt border on the left. There is a tiny clip to the tip and minor crazing affects the white appliquéd letters and design. In Excellent condition overall. This is both an attractive and historically significant display piece commemorating the New York Yankees' first World Series appearance. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $6,517.50
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