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1931 Philadelphia Athletics World Series Press Pin

1931 Philadelphia Athletics World Series Press Pin

Perhaps the first known example of one of the toughest press pins of the 1930s. Impossible to find because of the small, unnoticeable size (9/16x11/16"). Essentially, it was easily lost. From the estate of 1931 Athletics backup first baseman Phil Todt; condition is brand new. This was Todt's final season in the game and his, and the Philadelphia Athletics', last World Series. It's as if he left the field wearing this. MINT. The pristine pin features an enamel Philadelphia symbol - the Liberty Bell, painted blue - with a white elephant near the bottom of the bell. The white elephant was the symbol of the Athletics, ironically selected by Manager Connie Mack after his friend, New York Giants' manager John McGraw, said that Benjamin Shibe, the Athletics' majority owner, had "a white elephant on his hands." Astonishingly, Todt was once was the subject of trade talks between the Yankess and the Red Sox in which the teams discussed trading him for (wait for it) LOU GEHRIG!


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