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Frank Baker's heroics in the 1911 World Series, in which he hit two crucial home runs, helped lead the Athletics to a six-game victory over the Giants. Not only were consecutive game home runs virtually unheard of in the dead-ball era, each home run was hit off a future Hall of Famer, a game winning bomb off Rube Marquard in Game 2, and a 9th inning Game 3 tying blast off Christy Mathewson. These heroics not only earned him the immortal nickname of "Home Run" Baker, but the following season he had the honor of having his image portrayed on a pocket mirror. Presented is one of the great classics of all baseball celluloids: The Frank "Home Run" Baker pocket mirror. Advanced collectors of vintage celluloid artifacts marvel at this items exceptional display value. The celluloid pocket mirror features a full bust image of a young Baker in uniform and is given the title/accolade of "Hero of the 1911 World Series! The mirror's manufacturer, "Keystone Badge Company of Reading, Pennsylvania", is presented on the collet. Baseball pocket mirrors from this era are much rarer than the more often produced pinbacks. Very few baseball themed examples were ever made. The surface displays moderate expected wear, with some light scratches, primarily seen when the item is tilted. The mirrored reverse exhibits scattered areas of oxidation, which is much less than normally seen on a pocket mirror of this age. Please keep in mind, pocket mirrors were a utilitarian item carried in purses and in pockets with keys, change and what all. As such, wear is the standard. The offered mirror is a superior example of a 100+ year old cosmetic item. Very Good to Excellent overall condition, with tremendous visual appeal.

Very Desirable 1911 Frank "Home Run" Baker "World Series" Hero Pocket Mirror
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Minimum Bid: $300.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $960.00
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Monday, August 3, 2020.
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