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Original Polo Grounds Seat with Figural End Piece - Signed by Willie Mays
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,350
This original stadium seat from the Polo Grounds is all the more desirable for the fact that it features a rare figural end piece. The intricate interlocking "NY" displayed within the design of the framework unequivocally defines it as a Polo Grounds seat and further indicates that it was once located at the end of a row. The seat is complete with all of its original wood and metal framework, both of which bear numerous layers of green paint. Ideally, the middle slat of the backrest has been signed in gold paint pen (grading "9/10") by one of the greatest players in New York Giants history: Willie Mays. It is only fitting that Mays signed this seat, as its former occupants were witness to many of his finest moments on the diamond, including his famous over-the-shoulder catch in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series. The Polo Grounds will always be revered as one of baseball's grandest old ballparks and sacred home of the Giants from 1891 to 1957. The New York Mets brought baseball back to the Polo Grounds in 1962 and 1963, but it was ultimately torn down in 1964 to make room for housing projects, leaving only memories and a few seats as reminders of the history that once unfolded there. The seat, which bears the number "1" stenciled in white on the backrest, is heavily worn, including a large crack in the upper slat of the backrest that has resulted in a small amount of wood loss. The metal bolts and nuts that attach the backrest are modern replacements, as are those that attach the seat to the frame. The seat has been soldered to two metal runners that allow it to stand freely. To further stabilize the chair, two vertical metal stanchions, which connect to the metal runners, have been soldered to the front end of the framework. The aforementioned repair work, which is common for seats of this age, is very unobtrusive and does not detract in the least from its vintage appearance. Also, it must be noted that almost all of the Polo Grounds seats in collectors' hands feature replacement wood and are completely restored. This example retains nearly all of its original components, not to mention its vintage charm. Please Note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, shipping costs (depending on where it is sent and its method of shipping) may be substantial. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,350
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