1914 Joe Tinker Chicago Federal League Oversized Pennant

Sold For: $14,400

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1592

Item Year: 1914

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Any and all memorabilia relating to the short-lived Federal League (1914-1915) is exceedingly rare, with this spectacular 1914 Chicago Whales oversized pennant no exception. This is not only one of probably fewer than five Chicago Whales Federal League pennants known to exist (at least that we have seen or heard of during the past 40+ years!), but also just the second example we have ever seen produced on red felt (the other Chicago Whales pennants we are familiar with were all produced on green felt). What makes this one of the preeminent Federal League pennants extant is the fact that it incorporates a large illustrated likeness of player/manager Joe Tinker. Tinker is pictured in his Feds uniform holding a bat, while the team name, "Chifeds," is printed in white to the left of the image. Tinker, like a number of the game's top players, jumped to the Federal League in 1914 and it was only natural that he should sign with Chicago, the city where he had made his fame as a member of the Cubs' legendary double-play combination Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance. The uniform style shown on this pennant was only used by the club during the 1914 season, thereby pinpointing its date of manufacture to 1914 (it is possible the pennant was sold in 1915 as well). The pennant, which measures an impressive thirty-four inches in length, is slightly faded and complete with its original tassels. The paint displays minor crazing to the letters and is otherwise intact as issued, with all of the colors still bright and vibrant. In Excellent condition overall. This is one of the premier display pieces dating from the Federal League's brief two-year existence. Mounted and framed to total dimensions of 42 x 20.5 inches. Opening Bid $1,000. Estimate $5,000+.

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