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Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Manufactured by the very capable Whitehead & Hoag Co., this pin was likely a stadium trinket sold to fans in and about Paterson, New Jersey in 1896. Bearing a photo image of the assembled team, this pin (catalogued as a "Type V" by PSA) is 7/8" in diameter, and it's been assessed as NM-MT. These are the Silk Weavers and they were franchised in the Atlantic League, a Class "A" loop in those days. Rostered with this squad was the 22-year-old phenom, Honus Wagner, and he stands third from the left in the back. Most of these players, we'd imagine, enjoyed some measure of Major League experience. But aside from the sensational Honus, we're also intrigued with this antique in that it includes the image of a budding baseball executive in Ed Barrow...seated almost directly in front of Wagner. It was Paterson manager Barrow who effectively sponsored the young Honus, rhapsodizing the talents of his new-found wunderkind to Louisville's Barney Dreyfuss and Fred Clarke. This was Wagner's last stop following a brief minor league odyssey...in 1896 for the Paterson Silk Weavers he demonstrated uncommon versatility at virtually every field position while stroking a nifty .313. He began the next season with these same Patersons, but the Dutchman's fast-coming destiny couldn't be denied. He was shortly summoned by Louisville and the rest, as they say, is history.
1896 Paterson Team Souvenir Pin Featuring Honus Wagner - PSA NM-MT 8
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