Conflicting accounts regarding the origin of this vintage flag lend support to the “very rare” tag reported in the hobby’s leading pennant guide. Alternately cited as an example from either the 1946-1948 AAFC New York Yankees franchise or the 1950-1951 NFL New York Yanks franchise, this seldom seen rarity undoubtedly exists in short supply. Extensive print and electronic research turned up only a handful of examples evenly split between the two team affiliations. Though we are favoring the 1950-1951 Yanks as named on the pennant in big block letters, we’ll let you decide which of the two short-lived teams is represented. Those concluding with us will be interested to know of the existence of a different design reported several times as a 1951 version, presenting the notion that the offered pennant is the 1950 version. Additionally the team colors listed for the AAFC Yankees are “red, white and blue” while the NFL Yanks colors are noted as “royal blue, silver and white” better corresponding to the pennant’s field which could certainly be described as a deep shade of royal blue. Measuring 28” in length and 12” high at the left end, this handsome team supporter displays vibrantly in (EX-MT) condition with a dynamic kicker applique, bold lettering, full tassels and unobtrusive pinholes.
Also present is a 1946 “no doubt about it” AAFC New York Yankees football ticket order form (VG). Originating during the first season for both the Yankees football team and the AAFC league, this equally rare document is printed with team provenance positively identifying its affiliation. As point of historic significance, this form is printed with the “Top Hat & Bat” logo designed by legendary sports artist Lon Keller who was commissioned in 1946 by Lee MacPhail of the New York Yankees baseball team to create a new logo in order to boost team branding. Adopted for the AAFC Yankees with a football behind the name and hat as opposed to a baseball for the MLB Yankees, the featured logo is cited as Keller’s original design concept with the hat perched on the elongated upper stroke of the letter “k”, making this one of the earliest uses of what would become perhaps the sporting world’s most recognizable logo.