A friend of mine collects all things "ruptured duck" related so each Christmas I try to find something to add to his collection. The below patch intrigued me a bit and I tried to find out more on it's usage. I personally collect WW2 patches and do enjoy the home front patches as well.
After purchasing this, I searched eBay to see if I could find other insignia of the similiar size and stumbled upon dozens of reproductions of the same patch, but with black background, that are attributed to Major League Baseball. Interesting. I played baseball as a kid.
These are what you can buy as reproductions for $9-20.
In about 8 months of searching on ebay and through google, I have yet to find an original dark colored major league baseball original ruptured duck. I have however, acquired 6 white ones through both sources.
With the white ruptured ducks, I have found two versions, and one appears more original to the 1940s.
The first patch that I posted is known as version 1. Below is the back. Notice the closely woven cheesecloth.
Here is the front of version 2.
Reverse of version 2
Notice the more sparce cheesecloth on the reverse.
There are major differences between each version. I own 2x version 1s, and 4x version 2s. I acquired 1x version 1 from a MLB dealer for $100 (marked down from $140) and another one from an eBay auction for $15. Version 2s have gone on eBay for about $15-18 and I have purchased each of the ones sold in the past 8 months.
Version 1 and 2 have been sold on sports memorabilia auction sites from $120-437. These obviously have been carrying the premium on the sports world side and not in the WW2 Patches section on eBay or at ASMIC shows.
The major differences besides the cheesecloth backing, is in the feathers of the legs and the toes themselves.