Circa 1910 Philadelphia Athletics Oversized Pennant

Sold For: $8,400

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1539

Item Year: 1910

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Exceedingly rare oversized Philadelphia Athletics pennant dating to the club's 1910 and 1911 World Championship dynasty. This is one of the premier baseball pennants from the era, highly prized for its wonderful graphics. The painted illustration features A's manager Connie Mack, dressed as a ringmaster, standing in front of a large white elephant perched on its hind legs (the white elephant was the A's team mascot). The white lettering below reads "Connie Mack's Athletics." A manufacturer's tag from "The Reproduction Company" of New York appears on the reverse. (The Reproduction Company was one of the premier manufacturers of pennants during the early 1900s.) This is the first example of this attractive pennant we have ever offered and we can only recall having seen a few others over the years. The blue-felt pennant (32 inches) is missing its tassels and displays a few tack holes along the white border, as well as a tack hole at the tip. Aside from those few minor flaws, the pennant is in Excellent to Mint condition, with no fading and just a few tiny areas of crazing to the painted images and lettering. An exceptional example and one that would be a welcome addition to any advanced pennant collection. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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