Lot # 130: 1897 Cameo Pepsin Gum Pin Patsy Donovan

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM

Graded GOOD 2 by PSA. 1897 Cameo Pepsin Gum pin featuring Patsy Donovan of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cameo Pepsin Gum pins are one of the rarest and most significant of all baseball pinbacks. Not only were they the first baseball pinback set, but they are also one of the few baseball issues of any kind dating from the late 1890s. Patsy Donovan was one of the top outfielders of his era (1890-1907). and he finished his career with a .301 lifetime average and 518 stolen bases. He also served as player/manager with Pittsburgh (1897 and 1899), St. Louis (1901-1903), Washington (19040, and Brooklyn (1906-1907), before his official retirement in 1907. He continued managing Brooklyn for one more season (1908) before accepting the managerial position with the Red Sox in 1910 and 1911. However, it was during his later employment as a scout with the Red Sox that Donovan is perhaps best remembered today. In 1914 Donovan witnessed Babe Ruth hit a home run while playing for the Baltimore Orioles and immediately returned to Boston, urging the club to purchase Ruth "at any price." The club took Donovan's advice and the rest, as they say, is history. Donovan remained in baseball for many years afterwards, as both a minor-league manager and scout, before ultimately becoming the head coach at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where one of his players was future U.S. President George Herbert Walker Bush. Donovan died in 1953 at the age of eighty-eight. The pin has light foxing and surface cracking on the front and heavy oxidation on the reverse. The original back-paper advertising for Cameo Pepsin Gum (which is often not found at all on Cameo Pepsin Gum pins) is complete and intact. Manufactured by Whitehead & Hoag. Diameter: 1.25 inches. A presentable example from this rare set, worthy of any nineteenth-century or type collection. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

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