In the early days of baseball, teams would compete all season long for the right to claim the pennant, which was the triangular flag that would fly over the champion’s home field. When smaller felt or cloth versions of these pennants were offered for sale or given away as souvenirs, fans snapped them up.

Vintage pre-World War II pennants are tougher to come by than ones from the 1950s and ’60s. Examples of these early pennants include the screen-printed pennants from the 1910s featuring the image of a player batting or pitching alongside a single word that says it all—“Brooklyn” or “Giants.”

Especially collectible are pennants from the pre-curse era of the Boston Red Sox, when a slugger named Babe Ruth pitched for the team. Similarly, pennants from the pre-Black Sox scandal age of the Chicago White Sox are highly prized—one pennant from 1917 bears a grinning Charles Comiskey, the team’s owner, framed by a baseball and a pair of crossed bats, alongside the word “Sox.”

Picking up a pennant at a ballpark was not the only way to acquire one. In the 1930s, the Red Ball candy company gave away mini-pennants (2 ½ by 4 ½ inches) with its products, and in the 1950s and 1960s, Bazooka sent fans a free pennant of their favorite team in exchange for bubble-gum wrappers. In both cases, the souvenir pennant was used to drive sales.

Some of the most graphically interesting pennants from the mid-20th century are the ones in which a winning team’s roster has been printed alongside an image of its smiling mascot or an iconic player. The Los Angeles Dodgers pennant of 1959 is especially noteworthy because in addition to a roster, it also depicts the Los Angeles Coliseum, which was the temporary home of the Dodgers before they moved across town into Chavez Ravine.

A variation of the roster pennant, popular in the 1960s, was the picture pennant, which included an actual photograph of the team stitched or glued into the wide end of the pennant. Because paper ages more quickly and is less flexible than felt, these picture pennant are tough to find in mint condition, making them a bit more collectible than other vintage pennants from this decade.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Old Cardboard

Old Cardboard

Check out this well-organized collection of 500 sets of baseball cards, each over 50 years old. Browsable by type a… [read review or visit site]

The Baseball Card Blog

The Baseball Card Blog

Ben Henry's lively vintage baseball card blog, started in January 2006, offers hundreds of great posts on (and pict… [read review or visit site]

Cardboard Junkie

Cardboard Junkie

Dave Campbell's in-depth blog on old baseball (and some football) cards lives up to it's motto: 'do cards, not drug… [read review or visit site]

Baseball Cards 1887-1914

Baseball Cards 1887-1914

Roll up your socks for this Library of Congress collection showcasing hundreds of players on colorful early basebal… [read review or visit site]

Baseball Hall of Fame

Baseball Hall of Fame

A home run for baseball collectors, this site features special online exhibits, ranging from a baseball-uniforms da… [read review or visit site]



Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

1945 Vintage Detroit Tigers World Series Basebal Felt Pennant With Players Names1951 Baseball All Star Pennant Briggs Stadium DetroitVintage 1948 Cleveland Indians World Series Felt Pennant Logo & Roster BaseballRare 1962 Baseball All Star Game Pennant Washington Senators Mickey Mantle EtcVintage 1935 Large Felt Baseball Pennant Detroit Tigers Championship GameVintage 1951 Detroit Tigers Baseball Pennant Flag Briggs StadiumVintage Early 1930s Pennant Tunnel Loop Split Finger Baseball Glove Old AntiqueRare 1900-1910 Chicago Cubs Wool/leather Pennant Baseball Huge 43.5" LongVintage 1948 Boston Braves World Series Felt Pennant With Logo BaseballVintage 1960`s Nasl Washington Whips Soccer Pennant, RareVintage 1940's Full Size Boston Braves Felt Baseball PennantVintage 1960`s Tiger Stadium Detroit Tigers Baseball PennantVintage 1967 Boston Red Sox Pennant For Tony Conigliaro- Local HeroRare Vintage 1950's Milwaukee Braves Green Baseball Pennant St. Louis Cardinals Pennant Winners 1926 Pinback Vintage 1950’s Detroit Tigers Baseball Pennant Flag Briggs StadiumRare Vintage 1950's Boston Red Sox Full Size Felt Mlb Baseball Pennant Brooklyn Dodgers Pennant Vintage 1940s/1950sRare Vintage 1950's Milwaukee Braves Black Baseball Pennant Lot Of 23- Vintage Felt Pennant Phillies, Notre Dame, Cardinals, Bucks, Rams EctVintage 1960s? Kansas State Wildcats Felt Pennant Great Condition Rare!Cleveland Browns Central Division Champs PennantVintage Pennants Nhl & Northwestern Pennant Lot Rangers Leafs Red Wings HofOld Vintage Felt Full Size Baseball Pennant Chicago White Sox Comiskey Park 1950s Vintage St Saint Louis Cardinals Stl Baseball Pennant FlagVintage Original Seattle Pilots Baseball Pennant1966 Topps Rub-offs Cards Pennant "near Mint-mint Psa 8" Pop 2San Francisco 49ers Farewell Candlestick Park Pennant Final Regular Season GameMlb Oakland A's 1972-73-74 World Champions Logo PennantVintage Vernon Downs Ny Pennant Flag Harness Racing NyHouston Astros Vintage Orange On Blue Felt Pennant Circa 19701963 New York Yankees World Champions Team Photo Felt Pennant - Mantle,maris1981 Topps Stickers A.l. Pennant Winner Royals #90 Psa 10 Gem 1/3!Steven Gerrard Hand Signed Liverpool Pennant. Great Item Bid From Only £502005 Ud Mitchell & Ness 1977 New York Yankees Felt Pennant2005 Ud Mitchell & Ness 1949 New York Yankees Felt PennantVintage 1967 Nebraska Cornhuskers Sugar Bowl Pennant Great Condition Rare!Vintage 1930s Miniature Felt Baseball Pennant Cleveland Indians Bob FellerVintage 1985 Kansas City Royals - St. Louis World Series Full Size PennantVintage Mlb 1987 St. Louis Cardinals National League Champions PennantSacramento Kings Lot 4 Pennant Flag Banner Full SizeVintage Ku PennantSandy Koufax 2014 Topps Pennant Chase Wrought-iron Coin Card! Rare, 49/50!Rare New Wcw Randy Macho Man Savage 2 Pennant Lot 1996 Nwo Wwe WwfVintage Camp Mondamin Pennant- Camp Founded By Frank Bell Sr. In 1922Jb1 Vintage Pennant Flag Banner Full Size Mlb Baseball 1970s Atlanta BravesVtg Indy Winner 89 93 Emerson Fittipaldi Indianapolis 500 Nascar Racing PennantVintage 1960's Minnesota Viking Pennant 27" Long Free Shipping !Rare 1967 St. Louis Cardinals N.l. Champs Cardboard Baseball Pennant Vintage Collection Pennant Florida State Vs. Tennessee Full Size 1999P2b Vintage Pennant Flag Banner Full Size 1985 Reds Pete Rose Achievements MlbDetroit Lions Black-blue With Pennant 3t Longsleeve Shirt From Team Apparel Manchester Utd -v- Bayern Munich * 1999 European Cup Final Pennant TrebleNew Southampton Fc Saints 2013/2014 Hand Signed By Squad Authentic PennantVintage Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Full Size Pennant 1959 Chicago White Sox Win Pennant.....in Cleveland...photos...coverage....niceVintage St Louis Cardinals Full Size PennantLindsay Whalen Superaction Minnesota Lynx Wnba Premium Felt Collectors PennantRare Elena Delle Donne Chicago Sky Wnba Premium Collectible Felt PennantVintage 30" New York Jets Pennant