Lot 105. Boston Red Sox 1986 A.L. Champions Pin and 2 Different World Series Phantoms. All three pins are nm-m, housed in jewel boxes. In designing and producing the 1986 A.L. pin, Balfour incorporated the team’s traditional socks logo. The phantoms are from 1977 and 1987. In 1977, the Red Sox finished 2.5 games behind New York in the A.L. East, and in 1987, they lost to Oakland in four games in the ALCS. Balfour manufactured both pins. The 1987 phantom is attractively designed with a representation of Fenway Park.
Winning Bid $61
Lot 106. 1980 Kansas City Royals World Series Pin. In their first World Series appearance, the Royals lost to Philadelphia in six games. Manufactured by Green Co., the pin features a simple design with the team logo at the center. The Royals’ pin generally is considered to be the most difficult of the 1980s to obtain. This example is ex to ex-m.
Winning Bid $83
Lot 107. 1986 New York Mets World Series Pin. The 1986 World Series may forever be linked to Bill Buckner’s error in Game 6, but performances by a couples of less-likely heroes contributed to the Mets’ success. Ray Knight batted .391 to earn the MVP award, and Jesse Orosco saved two games. The Balfour-produced pin makes the Mets’ logo with New York in the background the centerpiece, and the rim provides a reminder that the team was participating in its third World Series. Nm-m.
Winning Bid $138
Lot 108. 1991 World Series Minnesota Twins Pin. In the “worst-to-first” series, Jack Morris pitched better than two future Hall of Famers – Tom Glavine and John Smoltz – to lead the Twins to victory in seven games over the Atlanta Braves. Both teams finished in last place in 1990, and they were the first to go from cellar dweller to pennant winner. The needle post pin is nm-m with the Twins logo in the center. A circle of stars with the words “World Series” surrounds it.
Winning Bid $20
Lot 109. 4 All-Star Game Pins - 1967, 1979, 1990, and 1992. Played at Anaheim Stadium, the 1967 All-Star game was the longest ever – 15 innings. The N.L. won, 2-1. The pin, by Balfour, makes use of the Angels’ logo and is nm with slightly light coverage of the gold color on “An.” In 1979 the All-Star game in Seattle, the N.L. won, 7-6. The Balfour pin has the Mariners’ logo with “50th All-Star Game Seattle ‘79” below. Nm-m. At Chicago’s Wrigley Field in 1990, the A.L. shut out the N.L., 2-0. On the nm-m pin, the year flanks the team logo, with “Chicago” above and “All-Star Game” below. The 1992 All-Star game at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium produced a score worthy of football, 13-6, with the A.L. on top. The pin produced for the game is straightforward, with “All-Star” Game in large letters, “1992” somewhat smaller, and “San Diego Padres” smaller yet. Nm-m.
Winning Bid $68