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    Circa 1924 George "High Pockets" Kelly New York Giants Presentational Pocket Watch. New York Giants owner presided over a ballclub which brought him five N.L. flags and three World Series titles during his seventeen-year tenure at the helm. To show his appreciation to his ballplayers, he always presented them with some sort of memento to commemorate their achievements.

    After the Giants captured their fourth consecutive league crown in 1924, Stoneham presented the nine men who had played with the team all four years with a very special keepsake. Offered here is the watch which the Giants presented to future Hall of Famer George "High Pockets" Kelly.

    Created by Swiss watchmaker Paul Vallette, this seventeen-jewel pocket watch is housed in a 14k green gold case which measures forty millimeters (40 mm) in diameter.

    The back cover of the case bears the Hall of Famers' "GLK" initials at the top left. Meanwhile, inside the back cover is inscribed: "N.Y. Natl. B.B. Club Champions Four Consecutive Years 1921-22-23-24. World Champions 1921-22. John J. McGraw, Mgr., Hugh Jennings, Asst. Mgr., Frank Frisch, SB, Ross Young, RF, Wilfred Ryan, P., Art Nehf, P., Emil Meusel, L.F., Frank Snyder, C., Geo. L. Kelly, 1B." The inside back cover is also stamped: "Paul Vallette, Swiss" and "14k 26053."

    This lot is accompanied by a 1997 letter of provenance from noted PCL historian Dick Dobbins which states that the watch was consigned to him by Kelly's son who told him that John McGraw presented the watch to his father for his services. Also included is a photograph of Kelly holding the watch in his Oakland Oaks manager's uniform in the 1950's. The timepiece is in working condition and comes with a thirty-inch (30") gold colored chain. A spectacular one-of-a-kind baseball treasure. Letter of provenance from Dick Dobbins.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $3,000 - up.

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    April
    16th Thursday
    Auction Dates
    May
    7th-9th Thursday-Saturday
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