Offered is an unprecedented find of forty-five assorted 1958 Armour San Francisco Giants player tabs (10 different), with many still sealed in their original cellophane wrapper as issued in packages of hot dogs (one tab per package), and includes two complete sets and three Willie Mays. To the best of our knowledge, these are the first Armour Meats tabs that we have ever seen in their original cellophane wrappers! When the Giants moved to San Francisco, they were immortalized by this metal litho tab set issued by Armour Meats. Apparently one tab was inserted into each pack of Armour Meats in the San Francisco area. These tabs are designed as pins which attach to one’s shirt by folding back the metal “tabs.” This issue is extremely rare. The set is listed in Hake & Steckler’s 1986 pin book, but at that time only two different subjects were known. While the extent of the checklist is unknown, it appears that ten different players may be all that exist. (REA handled another find of more than fifty tabs several years ago, and only ten players were featured within that group also.) This collection consists of the following (quantity of each in parentheses):
Antonelli (5), Barclay (6), Crone (2), Lockman (4), Mays (3), Mueller (3), O'Connell (2), Sauer (7), Spencer (8), and Thomson (5). Although most of the cellophane wrappers are stained or slightly torn, the tabs have remained fairly clean and the folding metal sections on each have never even been folded. Many of the tabs display minor rust, scratches, and/or surface chips. Tin litho tabs and pins are prone to tiny scratches and scuffs due to the nature of their manufacture. This is a fascinating group from this extremely rare regional issue offered in their original wrappers. Total: 45 tabs. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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