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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on: 2/27/2013

So, maybe he wasn’t the most pleasant critter to be around, but this guy could hit. And nobody else in the National League was genetically put together quite like Rogers Hornsby. When Hornsby was in the full stride of his career, these souvenir pins became available to his adoring fans. Identical in their imagery, they were probably introduced in Sportsman’s Park in the mid-20s – most likely, in the course of 1926 as Rajah had just posted a second Triple Crown in his dossier. His numbers over the decade were simply obscene. The media handled it the best they could (at a loss for new superlatives), dubbing him simply the "Miracle Man," and shortly, commerce seized on the epithet – so illustrated in these glorious pins. The first of these, measuring an inch in diameter, was made by the esteemed St. Louis Button Co., and their identity is fashionably expressed in the pin’s reverse. The companion piece is the abnormally large, 2-1/4" rendering, and though not so indicated, we presume that it was made by St. Louis Button as well. Regarding both, the celluloid finishes are essentially perfect, and both are ideally contoured as original. The smaller piece is NM/MT; the larger pin is about NM, noting only a few inconsistencies in the background. Hornsby was one of the most ornery characters in the game, but through his lengthy tenure in stardom (depicted here as the darling of St. Louis) he was always the envy of 15 other teams.

Circa 1926 Rogers Hornsby Pinback Pair - Including Rare Oversize VersionCirca 1926 Rogers Hornsby Pinback Pair - Including Rare Oversize Version
Circa 1926 Rogers Hornsby Pinback Pair - Including Rare Oversize Version
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $200
Price Realized (Includes Buyers Premium): $657
Number of Bids: 12
Auction closed on: 2/28/2013