1911 Frank "Home Run" Baker Pin

Sold For: $1,320

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1555

Item Year: 1911

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Incredible Frank Baker "1911 World Series Hero" pin! This has always been one of our all-time favorite baseball celluloid rarities, but we are more familiar with it as a pocket mirror. This is the only pinback-style example we have ever seen; however, it is always possible that it was originally a pocket mirror converted into a pinback. (This very pin originally appeared as Lot 1307 in REA's April 2014 auction and has been consigned directly by the purchaser.) In either case, it is a one of the finest examples we have ever encountered of one of the most stunning of all 1910-era baseball celluloids! Frank Baker's heroics in the 1911 World Series, in which he hit two crucial home runs to help lead the Athletics to a six-game victory over the Giants, not only earned him the immortal nickname of "Home Run" Baker, but also the honor of having his image on this outstanding high-quality souvenir which has always been noted by advanced collectors both for its rarity and its exceptional display value. The front features a bust-length image of Baker in uniform and is lettered "Frank Baker/Philadelphia Athletics/Hero 1911 Worlds Series." Manufactured by the Keystone Badge Company of Reading, Pennsylvania, as noted on the printing curl. This is a superb example and one of the most desirable of all celluloid souvenirs dating from baseball's dead-ball era. The reverse displays only minor oxidation and the pin remains in spectacular Excellent to Mint condition! 2.25 inches in diameter. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+.

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