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1955 Don Mueller New York Giants Game-Used Road Uniform (Jersey, Pants, Belt, and Stirrups)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $4,740.00

This 1955 New York Giants road jersey, worn by right fielder Don Mueller, is perhaps the finest 1950s New York Giants uniform extant with respect to condition, completeness, and aesthetics. It is also accompanied by a remarkable and ideal provenance: Our consignor obtained the uniform (along with two 1950s Giants team jackets that are also featured in this auction) basically from Mueller himself. While attending a 1980s memorabilia show, our consignor witnessed Mueller enter the show with the three garments and personally sell them to a dealer friend of his (they were actually sitting together at his booth at the time). Immediately after Mueller left, our consignor indicated that he would love to have them all for his collection. Out of friendship, the dealer sold them to him for the same amount he had just paid Mueller. All of the garments have remained in our consignor's sole possession since that time. Quite literally, this garment looks exactly as it did when last worn by Mueller in 1955. The gray flannel jersey is lettered "New York" across the front and features the number "22" on the reverse. All letters and numerals are appliquéd in black on orange felt. The name "Mueller" is chain-stitched in black upon a gray strip tag in the collar. Located on the left front tail is a "McAuliffe" label, below which, chain-stitched in black, are the year ("1955"), the size ("42"), and the notation "2in," indicating the extra length of the jersey. A laundry tag appears on the interior left front tail. The matching gray pants feature a black-on-orange piping running down the side of each leg. The name "Mueller" is chain-stitched in black upon a white strip tag located just below the back waistband. A "McAuliffe" label appears on the waistband, as does the year ("1955") and the garment's size and inseam measurement ("34-26 ins"), both of which are chain-stitched in black. Accompanying the pants are Mueller's original black-leather belt and solid-black stirrup socks. All of the items are original as issued, with no alterations. Both garments display moderate wear throughout, with light soil stains evident on both the front and back of the pants (as expected for a full-season's use).

This is certainly one of the most complete New York Giants uniforms we have ever seen, as the original belt and stirrups are rarely, if ever, found together with such garments. Mueller obviously took great care of this uniform following his playing career, as did our consignor, who has kept it stored away for nearly forty years. Mueller, who was known as "Mandrake the Magician" for his ability to slap balls just past the reach of opposing fielders, was one of the best singles hitters of his era. A "contact hitter" in the truest sense of the term, Mueller only hit 65 home runs over the course of his twelve-year career (1948-1959), but struck out just 146 times in 4,364 at bats. 1955 marked one of his finest seasons, in which he batted .306 with 8 home runs and 83 RBI. The previous season he led the National League in hits with 212 and lost the batting crown to teammate Willie Mays on the final day of the season (Mays batted .3451 to Mueller's .3425). Mueller batted over .300 on four separate occasions and finished his career with a .296 batting average. 1950s Major League jerseys are rarely found in such extraordinary condition and this example would be a welcome addition to any advanced New York Giants or uniform collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $4,740.00

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