1916 Boston Red Sox American League Champions Oversized Pennant

Sold For: $48,000

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1874

Item Year: 1916

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Exceedingly rare Boston Red Sox oversized felt pennant dating from the club's 1916 World Championship season. This is a key rarity among Red Sox pennants. Not only is it just the second 1916 example we can ever recall seeing, but it is the first oversized example we have seen as well. The red-and-white felt pennant (35 inches long) features a generic Red Sox batter on the left, with the surrounding white lettering reading "American League Champions 1916." The team name "Red Sox," lettered in Old English, is displayed to the right in red, as are a pair of crisscrossed red socks. The design of this pennant is nearly identical to that of the 1915 championship pennant, with the only differences being the year (of course) and the fact that just one pair of red socks is pictured to the right instead of two. (It should be noted that in the other, smaller 1916 example we have seen, the crisscrossed pair of red socks was not included in the design, making the offered oversized example the more attractive of the two as well.) The fact that the pennant refers to the club as American League Champions and not World Champions strongly suggests that this pennant was specially produced for sale at the 1916 World Series. While all Boston Red Sox pennants dating from club's 1912-1918 dynasty are extremely rare, the 1916 might be the most elusive of all, with representations absent from even the standard reference guides. This is one of the most beautiful pennants ever produced and one that would be a premier display piece in even the most advanced baseball-memorabilia collection. Its aesthetic appeal notwithstanding, the offered example is further distinguished by its remarkable state of preservation. The pennant is complete with both tassels and aside from some very minute crazing to the painted lettering and image, the pennant remains in spectacular Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $2,500. Estimate (open).

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