1929 "Souvenir Chicago Cubs Champions" Team Pin

Sold For: $830

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1141

Item Year: 1929

Category: Pins

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Presented here is what is widely considered the premier baseball team pinback of its era: the extremely rare team composite pin featuring individual portraits of each member of the National League Champion 1929 Chicago Cubs, including Hall of Famers Rogers Hornsby, Hack Wilson, Kiki Cuyler, Gabby Hartnett, and Joe McCarthy. This is not only one of the rarest and most impressive of all baseball pins, it is also one of the best small display items of any kind ever produced featuring this legendary team. The 1929 Chicago Cubs team composite pin has always been recognized as one of the great classics among serious pin collectors. Exceptionally large and designed as a baseball, it reads "Souvenir" and "Chicago Cubs - 1929 Champions" in brown lettering, surrounded by twenty-one identified sepia player-portraits (including executives Bill Veeck and team-owner William Wrigley, of chewing-gum fame). A variation of this pin, identical in design but with advertising for Certified Ice Cream, was also issued. This pin must have received very limited distribution, or been very expensive when issued, as only a handful are known to exist. The Cubs lost the World Series in 1929, and therefore this pin, which identifies the team as the "1929 Champions," was probably issued for only a very short period of time, after the pennant was clinched but before the World Series. The fact that the pin was manufactured by "Adcraft Mfg. Co., Chicago," a very small company (the credit appears on the underside of the curl) may also be related to its great rarity. The pin displays moderate surface wear, including a few light scratches, tiny surface depressions, and minor blemishes. There is also a very tiny protrusion next to Hack Wilson's image at the top and oxidation on the reverse (as is standard with vintage pinbacks). In Very Good to Excellent condition. Diameter: 3 inches. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $830


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