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1954 New York Giants World Champions Team-Signed Ball with Mays
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $830
Official National League (Giles) ball signed in blue ink by the following fourteen members of the 1954 World Champion New York Giants: Mays, Durocher (Mgr., sweet spot), Irvin, Maglie, Hearn, Thompson, Dark, McCall, Franks (coach), Amalfitano, Gomez, Giel, Lockman, and Taylor. Signatures range from "7" to "9," averaging "8." The ball's World Series provenance is based upon the vintage blue-ink notation on the west panel that reads "World/Series/Clev. vs. NY Giants/Sept 29th 54." September 29th was the date of Game 1 of the 1954 World Series at the Polo Grounds, which will always be remembered for Willie Mays' spectacular catch off the bat of Vic Wertz in the top of the eighth inning, which preserved a 2-2 tie at the time. The Giants then won the game in the tenth inning on a dramatic three-run home run by Dusty Rhodes. The victory propelled the Giants to an unlikely sweep of the heavily favored Indians, who had won a then-record 111 games during the regular season. It should be noted that nearly all of the balls in the B. C. Clark Collection appear to be game-used balls from the respective games noted on the ball. This ball is no exception, and if so, would represent the first game-used ball we have ever seen from the historic Game 1 of the 1954 World Series. At the very least, it is a ball signed by Mays on the very day that he made the greatest catch in World Series history. The ball displays light-to-moderate soiling that is consistent with its having been a game-used ball (see introduction for full details and provenance). In Very Good condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $830
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