Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Press Pin Collection (55)

Sold For: $1,998

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 961

Item Year: 2000

Category: The Sy Berger Collection

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This collection of thirty-two Hall of Fame Induction press pins (twenty different), plus twenty-three "retroactive" Hall of Fame Induction press pins, originates directly from the personal collection of famed Topps executive Sy Berger. For decades Sy was an honored guest at most Major League Baseball functions and the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies were no exception. The Baseball Hall of Fame first began issuing press pins for its annual induction ceremonies in 1982 and the practice continues to this day. This near-complete collection includes the highly desirable 1982 pin and is comprised of twenty of the twenty-seven issued pins (missing only the years 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2004, 2005, and 2008 for completion). Also included here are twenty-three "retroactive" pins. These modern-day pins, which were produced by Chase Bank, commemorate Hall of Fame induction years prior to 1982. Despite their recent vintage, the retroactive pins were issued in limited numbers and are highly collectible today. Unless otherwise noted, all of the pins are in Near Mint or better condition, and all feature threaded or needle post backs which are complete with their original fasteners. The number of pins for each year (if more than one) is noted in parenthesis. Official Hall of Fame Pins (32 pins) : 1982 , 1983 (3, two are charms, the needle-post back example is Vg.), 1984 , 1985 (3), 1986 (2, one is a charm that is Vg), 1987 (Vg-Ex), 1988 (2, both Vg), 1989 , 1990 , 1991 , 1994 , 1997 (2, one is a charm), 1998 (2, one is a charm), 1999 (3, one is a charm), 2000, 2001 (2), 2002 (2), 2003, 2006, and 2007. Retroactive Hall of Fame Pins (23 pins) : (please note that for many years, more than one pin was issued commemorating earlier Hall of Fame induction ceremonies; only five duplicates are included): 1997 (6 pins, commemorating the years 1946, 1962, and 1972; three are duplicates), 1998 (4 pins, commemorating the years 1947 and 1980, two are duplicates) , 2002 (3 pins, commemorating the years 1975, 1976 , and 1977), 2003 (3 pins, commemorating the years 1952, 1968, and 1978), 2004 (3 pins, commemorating the years 1953, 1963, and 1970), 2007 (2 pins, commemorating the years 1957 and 1964), and 2008 (2 pins, commemorating the years 1959 and 1965). From the Sy Berger Collection. Total: 55 pins (32 official Hall of Fame induction pins and 23 "retro" Hall of Fame induction pins). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+.

SOLD FOR $1,998

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