February 2013
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While Morton's Bakery dispensed souvenir pins of the pennant-winning Tigers, in Pittsburgh there thrived a dairy that awarded patrons with very similar keepsakes. It was 1910, and the Pirates were riding the crest of a World Championship (over those Tigers, by the way, in the '09 Series). The Pittsburgh dairy, Hermes, aimed to promote their line of ice cream, and today our collecting industry struggles to unearth these rare pins. One such however is provided in this little treasure. Fashioned in a spirit similar to Morton's pins in Detroit, Hermes Ice Cream pins are celluloids that measure 1-1/4" in diameter and their bright gold perimeter is adorned with a victorious banner, along with a defining skull and crossbones motif superimposed. This offered pin depicts a champion Pirate that, like all in the issue, isn't provided an identity caption...but we think this one is second baseman, Dots Miller. The piece retains its Whitehead & Hoag paper insert in the reverse. We note that the front bears a little light age staining, but it has sustained no material damage and its contour is as original. In all its considerations, the pin is about EX.       
1910 Hermes Ice Cream World's Champions Pirate Pinback1910 Hermes Ice Cream World's Champions Pirate Pinback
1910 Hermes Ice Cream "World's Champions" Pirate Pinback
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Minimum Bid: $500
Price Realized (Includes Buyers Premium): $598
Number of Bids: 1
Auction closed on: 2/28/2013