It’s In The Details’
|Title||Schmelzer’s Sporting Goods Pins
|Size||1″ in diameter
|Number in Set
Schmelzer’s Sporting Goods Pins Overview
The Schmelzer’s Sporting Goods pin set is continual proof that new pre-war sets are still out there to be discovered for the first time in our generation.
This pin set features a total of ten pins. It had remained hidden for many years and was only discovered in the mid-2000s.
The set was known to contain eight subjects for several years. It was believed that a ninth existed since the eight known figures corresponded with eight of the nine positions on a baseball team. But in 2015, Robert Edward Auctions discovered not only the ninth player (second baseman Johnny Evers) but also a pin of manager George Stallings, bringing the total to ten known issues. Many collectors today believe the set is complete at ten.
The pins feature stunningly good artwork for such small items. A color action shot of the player (or manager) exists along with his position in decorative red lettering and a small black and white portrait shot. The backs advertise Schmelzer’s Sporting Goods, which was based in Kansas City and the fact that the pins were made by Whitehead and Hoag Company. That Newark, New Jersey company actually designed several other pins for the Pepsin Gum Company.
Schmelzer’s Sporting Goods Pins Checklist
- Ty Cobb
- Charlie Deal
- Johnny Evers
- Hank Gowdy
- Danny Hoffman
- Joe Jackson
- Rabbit Maranville
- Christy Mathewson
- Butch Schmidt
- George Stallings