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1970-2012 World Series Press Pin Near Run of (83/84)

Lot Number 56

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A fantastic opportunity knocks, with this 1970-2012 World Series press pin near-run of (83/84). Baseball's biggest event has been a big fan favorite since its inception in 1903 and this vast collection does great justice to the more recent era. While the defined period spans forty-three seasons and there are two teams represented for each season, the 1994 postseason was painfully canceled due to a strike, resulting in a total of eighty-four different pins dating from 1970-2012. Absent only the 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers example, this extensive accumulation is first rate, with a grade range of (NM to MT).


Please Note: While every press pin in this collection is completely original, we cannot guarantee that every threaded-post reverse carries the original backing nut. In some cases, the nut may be a replacement of the exact original style, in some cases it may be a replacement of a similar style. 


Of course the New York Yankees are well represented, with a total of (11) of these pins to their credit. Other notables include the mighty Oakland Athletics dynasty of the early '70s, the Cincinnati Reds "Big Red Machine", Oakland's "Bash Brothers" squad; proud franchises such as the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles; and several first time winners, including the Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Royals, Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks. 



Barrie Sullivan Press Pin Collection


The hobby lost a true original when Barrie Sullivan passed on in 2014. It's hard to believe that over 5 years have already gone by since the influential collector and mentor to many said his goodbyes. Here was a man who ate, slept and breathed baseball; who was there on the front lines of the emerging memorabilia industry in the early 70s; who attended the very first National Sports Collectors Convention in 1980; and who proudly showed off some cards to his beloved wife Sandy on their first date! Barrie caught the baseball bug as a kid in Boston, worshipping the Red Sox and Teddy Ballgame. He spoked and flipped the cards of his favorite players and also sent away for their autographs. Later, after serving in the Army, becoming a lawyer and moving to Colorado, Barrie expanded his collecting taste to game-used jerseys, game-used equipment and, as seen here, World Series press pins.


This is easily one of the finest press-pin collections ever assembled, let alone ever offered at auction. It surely would've delighted another press-pin pioneer that we lost in recent years, Jim Johnston, who literally wrote the book on press pins and thus contributed to their rise in popularity and value. Here's how Jim framed the collecting sector and its history in James Beckett's 1980s price guides: "The first press pin dates to the 1911 World Series where the press box, then as now, was intended to be a limited-access area. Nevertheless the forceful Giants manager, John McGraw, had a history of violating that domain with his entourage of Irish cronies...[T]he Athletics anticipated the problem. The club ordered and dispensed a very visible lapel pin to writers with legitimate credentials. The idea was adopted by subsequent Series participants, and with the exception of the 1918 Cubs, each host in the World Series since 1912 has issued a press badge. Though early on distribution of press pins was a requisite encumbrance, their intent today has become a symbolic gesture of welcome to the media."


Barrie, Jim and other hobby luminaries may have left us, but their legacies remain strong in an elite collection such as this, which Barrie dutifully compiled over several decades. "He just loved a touch of greatness," said Kerry Sullivan of his brother's passion for collectibles and for the national pastime. Likewise for those of us who knew Barrie and were touched by his greatness.


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