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Circa 1962 Tiffany Silver Baseball Presented to Mayor Robert Wagner by the New York Mets....

2013 February 23 - 24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070

 
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Auction Ended On: Feb 23, 2013
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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A gleaming token of gratitude for bringing the National League home again
Circa 1962 Tiffany Silver Baseball Presented to Mayor Robert Wagner by the New York Mets. After many decades as the fiercest of rivals, the fans of the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants became one in their shared grief in late September of 1957 as each stricken party witnessed the final New York City home games before their clubs' joint California exodus. What had once been the undisputed capital of our National Pastime, with three Major League ballparks accessible to anybody with fifteen cents for a subway token, was now a one-horse town, a horrid pinstriped horse that no true National Leaguer could possibly love.

But it's always darkest before the dawn, and while Willie and the Duke may have been gone for good, attorney William Shea announced the formation of a new league in 1959, the Continental League, which would bring a new team to the City. Though this gambit ultimately failed, the threat of a rogue league proved to be a catalyst for a four-team expansion of the Majors. New York would be granted a National League franchise, contingent upon a guarantee that a new stadium would be built to house it. With a written assurance of construction subsidies from New York City Mayor Robert Wagner, the deal was struck and the Senior Circuit made its triumphant return to the Big Apple.

Presented is the gorgeous token of gratitude gifted to Mayor Wagner by the newly-founded ballclub's management group. The life-sized sterling silver baseball is engraved on the sweet spot, "To the Honorable Robert F. Wagner who brought National League baseball back to New York, with sincere appreciation." The northern panel holds the engraved facsimile signatures of the management team, among them the elder President Bush's uncle George Herbert Walker, and Hall of Fame executive George Weiss. Southern panel is engraved in block text, "Directors of the Metropolitan Baseball Club." Reverse sweet spot holds "Tiffany & Co. Sterling" maker's mark.

The weighty orb remains housed in a leather and velvet display case with small medallions of the Seal of the City of New York and the New York Mets team emblem at left and right. The leather clasp at center has broken, but this is not visible when the ball is displayed with the doors of the case open. Otherwise, there are no significant condition distractions to note.

A seminal artifact of New York Mets history, and unquestionably one of the most beautiful, this is a piece that bestows ultimate bragging rights upon its owner. Quite literally the crown jewel of any serious Mets collection.





Circa 1962 Tiffany Silver Baseball Presented to Mayor Robert Wagner by the New York Mets.


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