1917 "HONUS WAGNER (HOF) DAY" BUTTON W/RIBBONS.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:00:00 PM)
Only known example with ribbons still remaining intact, 1.25" with back paper of maker Weber Erichson Bunting Co. 221 Diamond St. Pittsburg, Pa" which along with the spring pin holds the two ribbons. The button shows Honus Wagner in uniform with prominent "P" on his cap and was created for his special day at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field on June 22, 1917. Wagner began his Major League baseball career in 1897 with the Louisville Colonels ball club before moving to the Pittsbrgh Pirates in 1900, where he would spend the next 18 seasons of his career, retiring following the 1917 season. Widely regarded as the best shortstop of all-time and one of the original five National Baseball Hall of Fame selections in 1936, Honus finished his career with a batting average of .328 along with 101 home runs, 1,732 RBI's, 1,739 runs scored and 723 stolen bases in addition to his eight career batting titles. The white ribbon fabric has three .75" or less vertical stress lines on the front right and three more barely seen on the back right where the fabric crosses the button's lower collet. There is a similar .75" line on the bottom right on the white ribbon which is covered by the purple ribbon. The purple ribbon has six tiny insect holes at its lower end but near invisible unless held to light. The button shows Honus Wagner in uniform with prominent "P" on his cap and was created for his special day at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field on June 22, 1917. The button has perfect centering, high gloss and almost no surface wear. A scarce, high demand button issued for a single day with about 10 examples known to have survived. Ribbons Fine, button NM. Paul Muchinsky Collection Book Example.
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