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Old 06-13-2011, 02:15 PM
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Default 1970s baseball pinbacks

Desperately searching for anything you guys know about these.
(longtime collector, first-time Net54'er.)
I know they were sold at ballpark concessions, and not MLB or MLBPA approved. I have only found Cubs, Red Sox, Giants, Orioles Brewers and A's examples. All of them are shot on the same style background and have a facsimilie autograph in brown (with the look of a felt tip pen). A couple of years ago i reached out to Lifson and Muchinksy, but neither had any insight. I'm interested in other players/teams you may know of, and any other background on them . . .
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Old 06-13-2011, 07:56 PM
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I don't know much about them but I also have a Glenn Beckert and Billy Williams. Who is the Cub between Pepitone and Santo? I don't have that one.
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:52 AM
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I am almost positive I have seen a Roberto Clemente button from this series before.
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:19 AM
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i just picked up Billy Williams on ebay. i also have many Red Sox, and Vida Blue is the only A's example I have. i will now obsess over the Clemente. Thanks for that!
The mystery Cub is apparently Jose Ortiz, who played 36 games for the Cubs in 1971. That clearly dates the pin, since Ortiz was in the White Sox system in 1970
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:49 PM
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I found this photo of the Clemente pin. It's a small picture but it's proof that it does exist.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:13 PM
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wow. thats awesome. looks like the other one is a senator, so maybe they did do all the teams. that's what i'm trying to figure out
i just found the clemente pin on Legendary Auctions site from October 2007. it went for $385 with premium. i troll ebay for these all the time, but they appear to be very scarce
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:22 PM
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I would love to find any Minnesota Twins players from this set. I have collected Twins player buttons for quite a few years and I have never seen any Twins players from this series but that doesn't mean they don't exist.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:39 AM
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btw that Senators pin is Denny McLain. where'd you find the image?
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I'm new today and don't know the etiquette of bumping 2 1/2 year old threads but I just asked about these pins in my second post. Perhaps someone knows something new from 2011? This is a strange bunch of pins without much rhyme or reason....
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:11 PM
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ooo-ribay I've been searching for these pins for years. All i know for certain is they were unlicensed and sold outside the ballparks in 1971. I bought the Joe Pepitone Cubs pin on the street outside Wrigley Field from a vendor that year.
The Brewers displayed a "complete set of 10" at their fanfest a few years ago, confirming the year. I have pins from Cubs, A's, Giants, Redsox, Brewers, Pirates, Senators and Orioles, with multiple samples from Cubs, Redsox and Brewers. None of the pin "experts" know anything about them. There is no checklist (or anyone else who collects them, evidently!) Since the photography is so stunning, I thought Ozzie Sweet might have shot them, but his estate told me a few years ago that is unlikely. Paul Muchinsky lists only one--Dave Bristol of the Brewers--in his book about pinbacks, with no other details. They are a true mystery!

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