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Lot # 1249 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1951 New York Giants Ticket from Willie Mays' First Career Home Run and Mays Single-Signed Baseball

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $474

Addendum. Please note that this ticket is a proof, as it does not list a section or box number.

New York Giants ticket from the May 28, 1951, game against the Boston Braves at the Polo Grounds in which Willie Mays hit his first career home run. Coincidentally, Mays' first career home run, which came in the first inning against future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, also marked his first major league hit. The ticket, which is a "Complimentary Season Box Ticket," is comprised of an "Admission Coupon" and a "Seat Coupon," both of which bear the date May 28, 1951. The ticket (3.75 x 2.25 inches), printed on thin paper stock, remains in Near Mint condition. Mays made his major league debut on May 25th in what was the first of a three-game series against the Phillies. Mays debut was not an auspicious one, as he went 0-5. He followed that up with two more hitless games before wowing the home-field crowd with a tremendous home run in his first at bat on May 28th. The rest, as they say, is history. The ticket is accompanied by a Willie Mays single-signed ball that, based upon the notation on a side panel, was presumably a game-used ball from 1955. The official National League (Giles) ball is signed by Mays in blue ink (grading "8-9") across the sweet spot. A vintage blue-ink notation on a side panel reads "Willie Mays/July 14, 1955/Cubs 2/Giants 3/P. Gomez." Mays did not hit a home run in that game, so this might be a ball fouled off by Mays in the game. The ball displays moderate soiling that is consistent with game use and is in Very Good condition. Total: 2 items (ticket and ball). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $474

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