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1967 Willie Mays MacGregor Signed Game-Used Glove with Mays LOA
Starting Bid - $5,000.00, Sold For - $11,600.00
Presented is an extraordinary Willie Mays game-used glove worn by the legendary Hall of Famer during the 1967 season, signed, notated "My Gamer" and dated by Mays, and accompanied by a detailed letter of authenticity regarding the glove, personally written by Willie Mays. This MacGregor "GC12" model glove exhibits considerable game use, indicating this was a favorite. The leather is soft and supple with substantial wear throughout the pocket, webbing, and the wrist strap's "MacGregor" label. The manufacturer's stampings in the pocket read "Willie Mays Personal Model," surrounded by a a few other stampings: "Natural Ball Pocket," Handlasted" and Flex-Pad." For those that are unfamiliar with professional model gloves, it is important to note that this particular style of glove was only available to Willie Mays, and is very different from "Willie Mays Models" available for sale to the public at sporting goods stores. The reverse of the pinkie is signed "My Gamer - Willie Mays - 1967" in black vintage marker. The signature grades a "7/8" and the notation has a slight bleed into the leather. The glove is accompanied with a signed typewritten letter from Willie Mays on San Francisco Giants stationery. The letter reads in full: "To Whom It May Concern: I have personally inspected this San Francisco Giants glove and deem it to be authentic as worn by me. This game worn glove has all of the characteristics as preferred by me. The glove was manufactured by MacGregor and Made in the USA. It is a model GC12. The glove shows much use from being used by me in many professional games. I have signed it My Gamer, Willie Mays, 1967. This is a very special game worn glove and worthy of any first class baseball collection. Sincerely, [signed in blue felt-tip pen] Willie Mays ("8")." With apologies to Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and others, many feel that Willie Mays was the single greatest ballplayer to ever take the field. Statistics don't lie. The "Say Hey Kid" finished a brilliant twenty-two-season career with 660 home runs, 1,903 RBIs, a .302 batting average, 338 stolen bases and the well-earned reputation for being the greatest centerfielder ever. Mays won a World Series ring in 1954 and was named NL MVP in 1954 and 1965. Willie was the complete package on the baseball diamond and is one of only four players to collect 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. In addition to his incredible offensive powers, it is testimony to Mays' all-around brilliance on the field that he is as highly respected for his defensive skills, so much so that the single item which might best represent his great legend for many is a glove as opposed to a bat. The image of Mays making his great catch in the 1954 World Series, or demonstrating his trademark "basket catch" is powerfully ingrained in the collective consciousness of baseball memories. This is one of the key tools of his trade, one of the finest Willie Mays gloves in existence, and a worthy centerpiece to even the most advanced baseball memorabilia collection. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000/$20,000. SOLD FOR $11,600.00
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