This is by far one of the most unusual football pins that I have ever seen, believed dating from the late 1800s and quite possibly from one of the earliest contests played between Harvard and Yale given the choice of a red ribbon and blue ribbon which decorate this 3 tall silver color metal pin / badge used to record the football score from a game between two opponents. The badge itself is adorned with the design of an embossed vintage football and the etched appearance of a goal post and football field and is labeled Souvenir Score around the design of a pyramid. The workings involve threading the narrow ribbon through the pin to reveal the score in a small circular window from the positioning of a small white square attached to each ribbon upon which the football score of each team could be written. A fascinating, antique football scoring relic. The likelihood of this pin dating to the late 1800s is based upon its construction and material composition.
And the suggestion of it being sourced from a Harvard (red) vs Yale (blue) football game from the ribbons used and the historic significance of their annual football contest beginning in 1875 (two years after Princeton played in the inaugural college football game), considered one of the most admired rivalries in all of American sports. Walter Camp considered the Father of American Football, attended Yale College where he played and coached football. His Yale teams of 1888, 1891 and 1892 have been recognized as National Champions. Camp is also credited with inventing footballs line of scrimmage and playing through a series of downs.
This pin is a treasure find for the advanced football collector. The item "1890's YALE vs HARVARD Football Score Keeper Metal Pinback Button Badge" is in sale since Saturday, September 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Vintage Sports Memorabilia\Pins". The seller is "treasurefaire" and is located in New York, New York.
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