Hobby’s Finest Willie Mays Jersey Tops $220,000 At Grey Flannel

The game-used New York Giants jersey was worn by Mays during the 1957 season, as the Giants prepared to make the journey west to San Francisco. It was an eventful season for the ‘Say Hey Kid’ in his final year at the Polo Grounds, as he led the National League in triples, stolen bases and slugging percentage, won a Gold Glove Award and was named an All-Star for the fourth year running.

1957 Willie Mays New York Giants Game-Used Home Flannel Jersey
1957 Willie Mays New York Giants Game-Used Home Flannel Jersey

The consignor had owned the jersey for more than 60 years, having been lucky enough to acquire it directly from the Giants themselves in the late 1950s. The Major League team were then in the process of promoting their farm team, the Tacoma Giants, and the grand opening of their new home at the Cheney Stadium. They sent a box of their old uniforms to a Tacoma department store for a promotional event, including the magical Mays jersey.

“They sent us a box of old uniforms, which were handed down from the pro level club from a few years prior,” stated the consignor. “I was lucky enough to grab Mays’ jersey and Margoneri matching pants. When we were told that we could keep the uniforms, I immediately knew I had something special and put it away in a drawer for 60+ years.”

Having remained completely untouched and unrestored since the day Mays took it off for the final time, the jersey sold for $222,036.

It was one of several pieces of baseball history to fetch impressive prices in the online auction.

Further notable examples included a 1952 Roy Campanella Brooklyn Dodgers game-used home jersey, which sold for $90,000; an early 1940s Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees game-used home pinstripe jersey, which sold for $85,602; a circa-1950s Yogi Berra New York Yankees game-used & autographed catcher’s mask, which sold for $29,586; a baseball bat used by Babe Ruth during the later years of his ‘Barnstorming’ career, circa 1939-43, which sold for $13,800; and a 2001 Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants game-used home run bat, which sold for $18,368.

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Auction Action by Paul Lucas of ESPN & UniWatch

Thanks Paul! To view this post and other fine uniform related discussions head over to Uni-Watch.com

Our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions have another big auction underway. Here are some of the more interesting items:

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Tom Fears Los Angeles Rams Game-Used Suspension Helmet

Here’s something fascinating: This 1957 Willie Mays jersey has smaller, snugger-fitting buttonholes, because, according to the auction house, “Mays preferred a tighter-fitting shirt.” Never seen or heard that before.

• Whoa, check out this full-length Milwaukee Braves satin jacket!

• Nearly two decades on, that inaugural Devil Rays design still sends shivers down my spine.

• This is interesting: We’re all familiar with the star-spangled top hat in the Yankees’ logo, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen that hat used in any other Yankees-related context — until now. That’s Yanks then-manager Bucky Harris in that ad.

• Oooh, you don’t often see one of the Cowboys’ early “star” jerseys. Look closely and you can see that it has a crossover collar seam, which was standard for Cowboys jerseys at that time.

• Remember when the Colts added grey to their color scheme in the early 1980s? You can see that reflected in the sleeve stripes of this coach’s sideline sweater.

• Check out the extra bit of paint on the raised center ridge of this old Rams helmet. Love how they tried to get the full extent of the horns in there, even though the colors don’t match (or maybe they just didn’t fade at the same rate over the years).

• I’ve written several times over the years about the All-American Redheads. Very cool to see one of their beautiful uniforms, complete with shorts and stirrups.

• Everyone knows Ichiro Suzuki has worn his first name as his NOB during his MLB career (except when he played for the Yankees, obviously). But not everyone knows he also wore his first name while playing in Japan. (The full story: While he was in the Japanese minors, he was on a team with two other players named Suzuki. They all wore their first names. Ichiro was the only one to make it to the Japanese majors, where he continued to wear his first name. When he joined the Mariners, he requested and received permission from MLB to keep wearing his first name.)

• Love this: Moses Malone’s high school letterman sweater!

• Oh baby, check out this 1952 warm-up jacket, worn by Tommy Heinsohn, featuring a spectacular chain-stitched chest patch and the always-awesome Butwin label.

• Speaking of chain-stitching, dig this magnificent Syracuse Nationals jersey. The script and numbers are densely chain-stitched, as you can see here.

• And we wrap up with this really nice Celtics shooting shirt. Love that format — Durene fabric, zip-polo collar, horizontal stripe on hem panel. Sweet!

Want to see more? You can browse through the entire auction catalog here.

Bidding Is Now Open For Our December 9th Holiday Auction

Bidding for Grey Flannel Auctions’ highly anticipated December 9th Holiday Auction is officially underway! Physical catalogs are in the mail and should begin to arrive shortly.

As our loyal customers have come to expect, this sale will include a wide array of game-used memorabilia, historical artifacts, screen-worn Hollywood collectibles and rare one-of-a-kind autographs. Auction Ends 12/9/2015.

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Holiday Catalog Auction Previews – Consign Today!

Contact us today to add your collectibles to this already stellar lineup!

We are nearing the consignment deadline for our final catalog of 2015 and seeking just a few more Premier consignments before we close the books. Don’t risk getting shut out of this power-packed sale. Generous cash advances are readily available towards your Premier consignments and collections. If you have ever considered consigning to a Grey Flannel auction, NOW is the time as the prices realized that we have consistently shown our consignors have been nothing short of incredible.

If you have any questions or you are in need of additional information regarding the consignment process, please contact Michael Russek at (631) 288-7800 x230 – Michael@GreyFlannelAuctions.com or fill out our online consignment submission form.

 

Incredible 5/6/1925 Ty Cobb Game-Used & Autographed Record-Setting Home Run Baseball (Full JSA • PSA/DNA • Only Known Fully Documented Cobb HR Ball • 5th of 5 HRs In Consecutive Games)
Incredible 5/6/1925 Ty Cobb Game-Used & Autographed Record-Setting Home Run Baseball (Full JSA • PSA/DNA • Only Known Fully Documented Cobb HR Ball • 5th of 5 HRs In Consecutive Games)
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1992-93 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings Game-Used Road Jersey (Kings LOA • Trainer LOA • “SET 2” Team Inventory Tag)
1991-91 Johnny "Red" Kerr Chicago Bulls NBA Championship Ring with Original Presentation Box (MINT • Sourced From The Family)
1991-91 Johnny “Red” Kerr Chicago Bulls NBA Championship Ring with Original Presentation Box (MINT • Sourced From The Family)
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12/10/1961 Lou “The Toe” Groza Cleveland Browns Record Breaking Game-Used Road Durene Jersey (Photomach • NFL Record 826 Total Points Scored • Family LOA • Hobby Fresh)
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Early 1970s Dick Butkus Chicago Bears Game-Used & Autographed Road Jersey (Scarce • Great Use)
12/30/2007 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Game-Used & Autographed Home Jersey (JSA • Favre LOA • Final Regular Season Game In Lambeau • Career TDs #441 & #442 • Photomatch)
12/30/2007 Brett Favre Green Bay Packers Game-Used & Autographed Home Jersey (JSA • Favre LOA • Final Regular Season Game In Lambeau • Career TDs #441 & #442 • Photomatch)
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Extremely High-Grade 1931 & 1933 New York Yankees Team Autographed Official American League Baseballs Each Featuring Ruth & Gehrig (Full JSA LOAs)
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Circa 1982 George “Iceman” Gervin San Antonio Spurs Game-Used Home Jersey (Gervin LOA • Head Trainer LOA)
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2009 Derek Jeter Team USA World Baseball Classic Game-Used Road Jersey (MLB Hologram) & 2010 Derek Jeter New York Yankees Game-Used & Autographed Road Jersey (Steiner LOA • MLB Hologram • Steinbrenner & Sheppard Patches • Houk Armband)
High-Grade 1948 Babe Ruth Single-Signed Official American League Baseball (Full JSA LOA • PSA/DNA Sig Grade 8 • Letter of Provenance • Hobby Fresh)
High-Grade 1948 Babe Ruth Single-Signed Official American League Baseball (Full JSA LOA • PSA/DNA Sig Grade 8 • Letter of Provenance • Hobby Fresh)
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Photo-Matched 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Seattle Mariners Game-Used Home Jersey (Rare • Great Use)
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Photo-Matched 1996-97 Scottie Pippen Chicago Bulls Game-Used & Twice-Autographed Black Pinstripe Alternate Uniform (2)(JSA • Bulls LOA • Championship Season)
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1996 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls NBA Finals Worn Shooting Shirt (Bulls LOAs • 72-10 Championship Season • Regular Season & Finals MVP)
Historically Significant 1951 Inaugural NBA All-Star Game MVP Trophy Awarded To HOFer "Easy" Ed Macauley (MINT • Macauley Family LOA)
Historically Significant 1951 Inaugural NBA All-Star Game MVP Trophy Awarded To HOFer “Easy” Ed Macauley (MINT • Macauley Family LOA)
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Circa 1984 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Los Angeles Lakers Worn Home Warm-Up Jacket (Scarce)
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1986-87 Julius “Dr. J” Erving Philadelphia 76ers Game-Used & Autographed Home Uniform (Equipment Manager LOA • Final Season)
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1927 New York Yankees “Murderers’ Row” Team-Signed Photo Featuring Ruth & Gehrig (Full JSA • Championship Season)
1971 Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds Game-Used & Autographed Road Flannel Jersey with Possible Attribution to the 1970 World Series (JSA • PSA/DNA • Graded A9.5)
1971 Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds Game-Used & Autographed Road Flannel Jersey with Possible Attribution to the 1970 World Series (JSA • PSA/DNA • Graded A9.5)
1953 "Easy" Ed Macauley NBA All-Star Game-Used & Autographed Eastern Conference Uniform with Stirrups (3)(JSA • Macauley Family LOA)
1953 “Easy” Ed Macauley NBA All-Star Game-Used & Autographed Eastern Conference Uniform with Stirrups (3)(JSA • Macauley Family LOA)
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Video-Matched 9/13/1987 Eric Dickerson Los Angeles Rams Game-Used & Twice-Autographed Road Jersey (152 All-Purpose Yards • Numerous Repairs)
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Photo-Match 6/14/2007 Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals Game 4 Championship Clinching Game-Used Road Jersey (Championship Season)
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1996-97 Kobe Bryant Rookie Los Angeles Lakers Worn Road Warm-Up Jacket (Rare)
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1925-68 Original Madison Square Garden Wooden Double Seats (Fantastic Condition • Great Documentation)

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Extended Bidding Starts Tonight At 9:00 PM EST | Important Bidding Procedure Reminder

Bidding for Grey Flannel Auctions’ highly anticipated Summer Games June 24th Auction closes tonight! 

Please note that our phone lines and servers tend to get very, very busy as we approach our 9:00 PM EST extended bidding cutoff and we recommend not waiting to the last-minute to place your bids.

INITIAL BIDS REMINDER | Initial bids must be placed prior to 9:00 PM EST tonight if you wish to participate in the extended bidding portion of our auction. Once in Extended Bidding, bidding on each lot will be limited to only those bidders who have previously placed their initial bids on that specific lot. For ongoing lots after the close of initial bidding, the 10-minute rule will be put into effect. The 10-minute rule means the auction will not end until there are no bids for the entire auction for a period of 10 minutes. The entire auction will close simultaneously, not one lot at a time.

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LOT #173: 1975-76 Julius “Dr. J” Erving ABA New York Nets Game-Used Home Jersey (Exceedingly Rare • Photomatch • MVP & Championship Season)

 

Bidding Is Now Open For Our June 24th Summer Games Catalog

Bidding for Grey Flannel Auctions’ highly anticipated June 24th Summer Games Auction is officially underway! Physical catalogs are in the mail and should begin to arrive shortly.

As our loyal customers have come to expect, this sale will include a wide array of game-used memorabilia, historical artifacts, screen-worn Hollywood collectibles and rare one-of-a-kind autographs. Auction Ends June 24th.

 

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OVERTIME! Online-Only Featured Lots

In addition to the 529 lots featured in the printed catalog, our June 24th Summer Games Auction also features nearly 450 lots that are available online-only.

These late additions can be viewed in our overtime section by clicking here.

Overtime Highlights Include:

 

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