Lot # 70: c.1903 Philadelphia Athletics Recruit Little Cigars Pinback

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Item was in Auction "Fall, 2022 - 10th Anniversary Auction",
which ran from 11/6/2022 12:00 PM to
11/26/2022 9:00 PM



Difficult 1 1/4" pinback advertising Recruit Little Cigars and celebrating the Philadelphia Athletics' 1902 championship.  It was during that a season that New York Giants' manager John McGraw referred to the Athletics as a "white elephant," the implication being that the ball club was an expensive animal, the maintenance of which would never yield anything but failure.  Connie Mack's ballclub adopted the animal as its mascot, partially as a show of pride and partially to insult McGraw.  The Athletics have used the white elephant as a symbol even today, appearing on Oakland uniforms and batting practice jerseys well into the early 2000s.

Pinback appears at first glance in VG condition, though original Whitehead & Hoag paper backing is heavily stained and torn, the curl and pin itself exhibiting considerable oxidation.  Still, a very difficult to find early pinback, one of the earlier pieces to utilize the white elephant to represent the Athletics.

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