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Viably, a case can be made that this souvenir pin, cleverly expressing a tribute to the immortal Honus Wagner, was dispensed in Forbes Field in the 1930s. The beloved Dutchman was formally feted in Pittsburgh on several occasions, of course - most notably in 1917, and then during his tenure as a coach for the Pirates in 1933 and in 1939. Our best estimate of this offered piece, picturing Honus Wagner in his advancing years, is that it traces to a grand celebration hosted on September 5th 1945. Invoking attending enthusiasts to "Honor Honus," the pin may be inherently wanting in the resolution of its photo portrait of Wagner, but such is readily forgiven in consideration that its mere being is quite scarce. A celluoid measuring an inch in diameter, this one has been maintained optimally through the years. Its surface is fresh and the integrity of the pin's convex contour remains as original. And despite a glaze of oxidation on the rim of the reverse, this one is in NM/MT condition. The pin's maker is unknown, but we note a vague stamp (manufacturer or union) that's imposed in the reverse.
Vintage "Honor Honus" Honus Wagner Pinback
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