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This lot is part of an incredible collection of Pittsburgh Baseball Memorabilia from the 1870s–1920s. Click here to read more about this very special offering.
In the same spirit that the era's Morton's Bread pin issues commemorated the Detroit Tigers, the Pittsburgh-based Hermes Ice Cream concern sponsored the distribution of collector pins celebrating the hometown Pirates. And, again like the Detroit issues, Hermes Ice Cream pins date to 1910 (appearing on the heels of Pittsburgh's World Series conquest over the Tigers in '09). Here presented is the Hermes entry picturing the great Honus Wagner. Measuring 1-1/4" in diameter, the pin was made by Whitehead & Hoag; the manufacturer'sir identity appears on a paper insert in the reverse (heavily worn in this example), and again as printed on the pin's perimeter. With its absolutely stunning "skull and crossbones" motif, this photo image of Wagner may well be unique to the issue (it's certainly a refreshing departure from his bearing on period candy and tobacco cards). This particular pin boasts minimally NM aesthetics, with its original gloss unviolated and one small scratch at the nine o'clock position. Just a couple of very light spots of foxing appear on the outside perimeter, and these are fully eclipsed in standard display. One of the finest of its kind, this rare pin delivers a sensationally novel period visage of Honus Wagner.
Exceptional and Rare 1910 Hermes Ice Cream "World's Champions" Pirates Pin - Honus Wagner
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