1954 New York Giants World Championship
Team Signed Baseball
There are just so many ways to describe "exceptional", so we will just put it plainly: This is by far the finest 1954 Giants team baseball we have encountered in almost 40 years of handling sports autographs and memorabilia. It's as simple as that. This extremely scarce Championship baseball has no detracting qualities whatsoever and its superior condition cannot be disputed. It is that nice!
We came upon this special ball when examining a well known collection of memorabilia assembled over decades. Like all of the items we encountered that day, this one was the finest in its category. The end result? Yes of course, we walked out with it. We never let a quality piece of memorabilia slip through our hands.
Let's start with a few of the features that set it apart from others of its kind. It sports a perfect, genuine signature o
The ball also sports a perfect example of Willie Mays' autograph. Most avid Giants collectors are aware of how mercurial Mays could/can be about signing anything. It is quite common to find a Giants team ball with his signature in an awkward place. We've seen his scribe upside down many times, or vertically near the stitching, as well as very small in size, or even "scribbled" and virtually illegible. This one, however, is large, fully readable and dark - very rare indeed. That was the first thing we looked at when the collector gloated to us about the "beautiful" 1954 Giants Ball.
It also contains more than the requisite number of signatures we prefer on a team baseball - 28 in all, and all the "keys" are present. In addition to the perfect exemplars of Hall of Famers Mays and Durocher, the ball features Monte Irvin, Don Mueller aka “Mandrake the Magician” (who batted .342 with 212 hits that season), Sal "The Barber" Maglie, Ruben Gomez (17 wins), Johnny Antonelli (21 wins), Don Liddle (oh that pitch to Vic Wertz in game 1 of the W.S.), Al Dark, Wes Westrum, Ramon Monzant, Davey Williams, Larry Jansen, Whitey Lockman, Billy Gardner, Marv Grissom, Al Corwin, Ray Kaat, and coaches, including the popular Freddie Fitzsimmons.
Each of the 28 signatures is dark and bold, quite unusual for such an extensive 1950's autographed item. The official National League Baseball (Giles, pres.) is perfectly Mint and free of all possible imperfections. Its color is exactly the way we love with that beautiful, original "patina" from the time. All the stampings and printings are dark and vivid. In short, a perfect specimen.
Rarity and Significance
Willie Mays was named N.L. MVP in 1954, batting .342 with 110 RBI, 41 home runs and an .OPS of 1.078. The Giants easily rolled to the pennant, outlasting the Dodgers by five games, then went on to destroy the 111 (regular season) win Cleveland Indians in a World Series sweep of four games. The series, of course, featured the now-iconic "catch" by Willie Mays in Game 1 (off a Liddle pitch as previously noted). The Giants' run production was nearly double that of the Indians', and attendance at the Polo Grounds was over 70,000 for each game!
All World Championship team baseballs are highly collectible in the hobby. Serious collectors constantly call us for high grade examples. A 1954 Giants is always on top of the list and is as scarce in this condition as any in the hobby. Suffice it to say this is a ball that is the finest of its kind, and once sold will be out of the hobby for a very long time. Undoubtedly, it will remain in an advanced collection and make someone very happy that he/she owns the very finest example of its kind.
The Best of the Best and pure Brigandi Quality
Comes with the all-important PSA/DNA Letter of Authenticity