1915 PM1 Ornate Frame Pin - Walter Johnson with Team Name Showing

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1859

Item Year: 1915

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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1915 ornate-frame pinback of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson. PM1s are one of the most distinctive and popular of all early baseball pin issues. Sometimes referred to as the "fancy border pin set" because of their ornately designed mounts, each PM1 pin features an oval-shaped photo of the respective player in uniform. In recent years it has been recognized that the set was not issued only in 1915, but based on the players and their team affiliations apparently was issued over a period of several years (circa 1915-1919). Approximately twenty-six players are currently checklisted in the set, which continues to expand even at this late date (a number of significant new discoveries have been made over the past several years, including an astounding relatively newly discovered Babe Ruth). The photo of Johnson is slightly misaligned, resulting in a small portion of his head to disappear under the frame. However, it has also resulted in the full display of Johnson's team name along the base (the team name is not normally seen on the Johnson pin). Moderate surface wear is evident, including light spotting, as well as a slight horizontal bend. Minor tarnishing affects the frame. In Very Good condition overall. Size: 1.25 x 1.5 inches (with frame). Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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