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80959: 1957 New York Giants Last Game at the Polo Groun

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1957 New York Giants Last Game at the Polo Grounds Used Baseball. Sixty-eight years after the Pittsburgh Pirates met the New York Giants at the first Polo Grounds contest, they fittingly battled again to close it out. The widow of John McGraw, who took part in the pre-game ceremonies, wept along with the entire city, which in one fell swoop lost two storied franchises to baseball's Manifest Destiny. An included copy of The New York Daily News pictures a rally of disbelieving fans, and the excision of Coogan's Bluff infield grass for relocation to Candlestick Park.

Presented is an ONL (Giles) ball that served as one of the last to see action on the island of Manhattan, inscribed "Last Game 9/29/57" in vintage red ink and autographed by Hans Lobert, Sid Gordon, Hank Thompson, Monte Irvin and Buddy Kerr. This unusual mixture of past and present Giants further serves to authenticate the sphere, as the newspaper notes that many Polo Grounds vets were on hand for the pre-game ceremonies. Ball shows obvious game use and signatures rate 9/10 on average. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.

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Estimate $1 – $1,000,000
Starting Bid $500
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9:00 AM - May 04, 2012
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