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Amid the overwhelming profusion of tobacco and confectionary cards dispensed in that era, 1911’s Diamond Gum pin promotion ranked among the meek. Categorically, these things are today brutally rare. Each measuring an inch in diameter, there were 31 different subjects – most of whom were rostered with the champion Philadelphia Athletics. Diamond Gum, though, could not ignore the commanding presence of major stars who performed for other clubs. Naturally, most prominent among the latter was Ty Cobb, and the young patron of Diamond Gum could expect to claim a Ty Cobb pin once in every 31 purchases. Yet one such has survived a century that we may here make it available for the consideration of our readers. This one is without the sponsor's paper insert in the reverse; we note that it is slightly off-center (but excusably so as the imagery of Diamond Gum pins wasn't ideally compatible to the pin's modest size). However, a finer rendering of this rare pin simply isn't in the offing - its surface is fresh (as are all of the illustrated details) and the contour remains as original; all matters considered, this one is EX/MT-NM.
1911 PE2 Diamond Gum Pinback Ty Cobb
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