Lot # 90: 1896-1897 Whitehead & Hoag "Cameo Pepsin" Pin Cap Anson

Starting Bid: $500.00

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Item was in Auction "REA Summer 2020",
which ran from 7/24/2020 12:00 PM to
8/16/2020 6:00 PM

Presented is an extremely rare example of Hall of Famer Cap Anson, one of baseball's iconic figures, from the landmark 1896-1897 Whitehead & Hoag pin set. Commonly referred to as "1898 Cameo Pepsin Pins," the series produced by the famous pinback manufacturers actually spanned 1896 and 1897 and features at least 159 different pins, with new and astonishing finds still being uncovered. Between the Old Judge cards of the 1880's and the Breisch-Williams candy cards of 1903, they are the only nationally distributed set to depict most of the game's stars. Anson - finishing the last of his 27 active seasons - is one of the keys to the remarkable set. The offered example features a bold portrait of the superstar, with his name, position, and team flanking his image around the edge of the pin. Moderate crazing is visible, a common issue with pins of this age. The paper advertising insert and pinback are intact, with light staining visible. Despite the minor condition issues, this remains an exceptional example of this very rare pin. Controversial, uncomfortable, and even reviled, Cap Anson nevertheless still towers over nineteenth-century baseball as its first veteran superstar, the first player to surpass 3,000 hits, a manager who won five pennants, and an executive who helped shaped the business of baseball. This is the final - and one of the very few - items of Anson memorabilia issued during his playing career. A worthy addition to even the most advanced collection! Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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