1889 "Pennant Winners" New York Giants Commemorative Plate

Sold For: $1,058

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1173

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Stunning example of one of the overlooked classics of nineteenth-century baseball display pieces: a rare souvenir plate issued in commemoration of the New York Giants pennant-winning season of 1889. This is one of the most distinctive baseball display pieces of the 1880s, and one of the most unusual and substantial items ever produced honoring one of the era's greatest and most celebrated teams. The decorative design, which is highlighted by portrait illustrations of twenty team members on the front, is lettered "The Pennant Winners 1889" on the top rim of the plate and "New York Base Ball Club" along the bottom rim. The twenty players pictured here are Ewing, Connor, Welsh, O'Rourke, Keefe, Ward, Mutrie (Mgr.), Murphy, Crane, George, Weidman, Cleveland, Slattery, Richardson, Tiernan, Gore, Hatfield, Brown, Titcomb, and Foster. Illustrations of bats and baseballs, respectively, on either side of the rim complete the attractive motif. The Giants, with a lineup boasting six future Hall of Famers, captured their second consecutive World Championship in 1889 by defeating the American Association champion Brooklyn Bridegrooms in the World Series. Commemorative pieces from this era, outside of programs and photos, are exceedingly rare and this plate is no exception. Few examples are known. We have seen several examples over the years that have been broken and repaired; the offered example is in unusually fine condition, displaying only two hairline cracks, minor crazing, and normal light surface wear. All of the flaws are very minor and unobtrusive. Excellent appearance. The plate measures 8 inches in diameter and is beautifully mounted in a handsome shadowbox display (12.75 x 12.75 x 2.5 inches) for optimal presentation. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

SOLD FOR $1,058


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