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A brief search into the recent commercial history of our collecting industry fairly discloses that pins from this issue - 1921 Mrs. Sherlock's - emerge only infrequently. At that, they are generally offered as singles. It's widely accepted now that there were ten different subjects in the production...all of them, as to be expected, highly prominent figures on the professional diamond. "Mrs. Sherlock's" was a bakery in Toledo, and through their experience, the company sponsored two other pin issues - both of them pertinent to the local minor league Mud Hens. This now offered 10-pin unit was their only foray into Major League subjects.
These pins are 7/8" in diameter; they're celluloids and they were made by the ubiquitous Bastian Bros. of Rochester. In our detailing for this offered set, it may be assumed that all have their original paper inserts in the reverses - the two exceptions are so cited. Specifically, then, do consider the qualifications of this set, to include: Grover Alexander - very lightly imperfect in contour, EX/MT; Ty Cobb - mild/moderate surface staining, VG; Rogers Hornsby - NM; Walter Johnson - missing manufacturer's paper, flat contour, yet EX/MT-NM; Rabbit Maranville - EX; Pat Moran - missing paper insert, flat contour, EX-EX/MT; Babe Ruth - light/mild indentation, but cleanly EX; George Sisler - light staining, VG/EX; Tris Speaker - mild blemish in celluloid, EX; and Honus Wagner - mild staining, VG/EX.
These painfully elusive pins have long been regarded as a 1921 issue. A case can be mounted, however, that they were dispensed in 1920. The Cobb image is distinctly isolated to 1920, and the Hornsby photo is actually from 1919. The argument favoring 1920 is further reinforced in that Pat Moran was presently much in the public's awareness as he had just skippered the Cincinnati Reds to a World Championship...dubious as that triumph was. And finally, that able, but tempestuous Rabbit Maranville is captioned in this pin set with the Boston Braves who, in fact, dealt him to Pittsburgh in January of '21. Whether this production appeared in 1920 or '21 may be moot; decidedly though, these pins rank among our avocation's elite - they are tough.
1921 "Mrs. Sherlock's Bread" Complete Pin Set (10)
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