Circa 1908 St. Louis Browns Pin with Charm

Sold For: $420

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1536

Item Year: 1908

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Exceedingly rare St. Louis Browns pin with attached bat charm dating from the early 1900s. This is the first example of this pin we have ever seen. The unique design features a brown pig with his nose at the base of a pole waving a pennant. The text reads "A Brown Rooter /190_ St. Louis/Copyright Ap. For." Unfortunately, a small hole affects the last digit of the year, but given what we can see, the year must either be 1903 or 1908. Attached to the pin on the reverse is a red ribbon, the end of which is tied to a small, wooden bat. The Browns franchise began in Milwaukee in 1901 before moving to St. Louis the following year, making this, by far, the earliest St. Louis Browns pin we have ever seen. Aside from the aforementioned small hole, the pin (1.25 inches) also displays light spotting near the base and oxidation to the reverse. In Good condition overall. The ribbon and bat (5.5 inches in length) remain in Excellent condition. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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