Making a concerted effort to distance themselves altogether from their St. Louis Browns roots, the Baltimore Orioles were quick to prosper. As a formidable Yankee dynasty began to show the effects of age and injury, the Baby Birds were ready to pounce – and pounce, they did, posting totals of 90-plus wins in 16 of 17 full seasons beginning in 1964. As the O’s inched ever closer to the top, these “phantom” World Series items were issued to a patient fan base in Charm City. Includes:
1960 Christmas Card/World Series Tickets: a greeting card with Christmas and New Year’s wishes, along with facsimile signatures of Oriole players. The cover shows the Hartzell Bird in Santa Claus apparel with text reading “A Miracle on 33rd St. – Almost!” On Santa’s “sack,” a slot facilitates the entry of (2) 1960 World Series full tickets for Game 4 at Memorial Stadium (both EX with perforations intact). Having posted their first-ever winning season, the 1960 Orioles paced the league in ERA (3.52) and complete games (48) and held sole possession of the top spot as late as September 10 before an 8-10 swoon relegated them to runner-up status.
(2) 1964 World Series Press Pins: crafted for a team that spent more time in first place (92 days) than did the eventual champion Yankees (31), these Fall Classic keepsakes feature enameled surfaces on which the “Angry Bird” bat-wielding logo is accompanied by a printed legend listing the team and date. The designs are nearly identical, with one showing all bases and one showing home plate only. Gorgeous condition with posts/nuts intact.