Rare 1945 Chicago Cubs World Series Pennant

Sold For: $2,400

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1664

Item Year: 1945

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Needless to say, any Chicago Cubs World Series pennant is a rarity indeed. This example is no exception and dates from the club's last appearance in the fall classic, which, as any Cubs fan agonizingly knows, was seventy-one years ago. The understated graphics feature a crossed-bats-and-ball motif, with the ball reading "World Series 45." Lettered to the right of the design is "Chicago Cubs." This is the first example of this pennant we have ever seen, making it both a rare and highly desirable souvenir from the Cub's 1945 National League Championship season. The red-felt pennant (28 inches) does not have tassels, but there is no evidence of them having been torn or removed, and the pennant is most likely in its original state of issue. A number of moderate tears are evident along the green-felt border and there is a slight clip to the tip. There is a tack hole in the red felt, next to the green border, and in the tip. A few small areas of paper residue remain on the reverse. In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).

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