Circa 1916 Boston Red Sox Oversized Pennant

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1607

Item Year: 1916

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Rare Boston Red Sox World Championship pennant dating from the team's 1912 to 1918 dynasty. The attractive design of this oversized red felt pennant displays the team name, "Red Sox," in large white "shadow box" letters alongside a circular illustration featuring a crossed bats, ball, and bases motif that reads "Boston Red Sox Base Ball Club - Worlds Champions." The absence of a year on this piece has always led to some ambiguity regarding its date of issue; the Vintage Pennant Price Guide (by Mike Egner, published 2009; highly recommended!) attributes it to 1918, the year of Boston's fourth and final World Championship of the decade, although we think a strong case can be made that it actually dates from 1916. All Boston Red Sox pennants dating from the period 1912 through 1918 are extremely rare and we have seen only a few other examples of this particular style. It should be noted that this pennant, along with the 1912 Boston Red Sox pennant and the 1909 Detroit Tigers pennant in this auction, all originate from the family of a gentleman who lived in Boston in the early 1900s and are therefore new to the hobby. (He obviously collected pennants, because the family had a large number of less valuable nonsports pennants as well. These three were the only baseball pennants in the collection.) The pennant (34 inches in length) displays a tear at the tip and tack holes at each corner. Light soiling is evident throughout. Both of the original corner tassels remain intact. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000.

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