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32mm 125 Struck
The Dies were cut in 1861 to the order of Charles A. Vinton. They are currently unaccounted for. This is the earliest medallic commemoration of the game of baseball. In the fall of 1960, the Springfield Pioneers had defeated all the teams in Western Massachusetts. They were challenged to a championship game by the Boston Bowdoins, who were undefeated in the Eastern part of the State. Playing at Hampden Park in Springfield on Oct. 6, 1860, the Pioneers defeated the Bowdoins 22 to 13, to claim the first unofficial title of Championship Baseball Club of Massachusetts. This medal was commissioned shortly thereafter. Ham Downing was so proud of his involvement with the club that he carried his medal with him at all times and was even buried with it, when he died.

A XF example realized $1035 in the January 2012 Bowers auction (lot 6523). An NGC-63 piece was sold in an April 2012 EBAY auction for $2434. You missed your opportunity on this medal. Most recently a NGC-61 piece sold for $1880 in the August 2016 Stacks Bowers Sale, lot 1077. In 2008, they were available in Au-Unc condition for about $500 apiece.
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