Passed down through the consigning family for over a century, the collection includes 85 different pins. Among them are Hall of Famers Jesse Burkett, Ed Delahanty, Buck Ewing, Clark Griffith, Hughie Jennings, “Wee Willie” Keeler, Connie Mack, Bid McPhee, Cy Young, Jake Beckley, boxer John L. Sullivan and important early stars Nig Cuppy and Louis Sockalexis.
The 1 1/4″ pins were once commonly known as “Cameo Pepsin Gum” pins because of the advertising for that product that was commonly found on the back. However, it’s become clear over the years that Whitehead & Hoag, a large national supplier of novelties at the time, didn’t limit the pin partnership to just one company.
Auction officials say it is the “largest and most impressive single offering ever to cross the hobby’s auction block.”
All have been authenticated and graded by PSA. The bulk of the grouping rated 5 (EX) but there were some better and a few worse. The Whitehead and Hoag player pins have been susceptible to fading but the group includes many that have retained much of their original appearance. Only one of them is missing its paper backing that holds the advertising.
Thee new discovery accounts for nearly 80 percent of the total number of On Time Starch pins listed on PSA’s Population Report. Of the 79 pins graded EX or better, all but nine are part of the group that will be up for auction.
The collection will be offered as one lot and is expected to sell for at least $80,000.