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1969 New York Mets World Series Pendant
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,528
This attractive double-sided 10K gold pendant commemorates both the club's National League Championship over the Braves in the first-ever divisional series, and its "Amazing" upset victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. Adding to its significance is the fact that this was a personal presentation piece from Bill Shea, the man for whom Shea Stadium was named. The front of the pendant is engraved "World Champions" and features the year "1969" displayed in relief. Two baseballs, each in relief, decorate the top left and lower right corner, respectively. The top ball displays the Mets familiar team logo, while the lower ball is decorated with five small diamonds. The reverse is engraved "To Terry/From Bill Shea." Depicted in the top left corner is a baseball bearing the score from each of the Mets three wins against the Braves in the playoff. "National League Champions" is lettered in relief along the outside perimeter of the ball. A Mets baseball cap, and a home plate, each in relief, are displayed in the lower right corner. William A. Shea was a prominent New York City attorney who was instrumental in securing a new National League franchise for the city following the departure of the Dodgers and Giants in 1958. The Mets' new stadium was originally going to be named Flushing Meadows Stadium until civic leader Bernard Gimbel spearheaded a campaign to rename the facility Shea Stadium in honor of Shea's tireless efforts to bring National League baseball back to New York. 1969 marked a dramatic turnaround for baseball's sorriest franchise, as the "Miracle Mets" went from ninth to first to capture their first pennant. The club then defeated the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles in the World Series to cap the most memorable season in franchise history. This is the first 1969 Mets pendant we have ever seen, let alone handled, and the fact that it was personal gift from Bill Shea makes it one of the most significant commemorative pieces to be had from the club's first World Championship season. The pendant (1 x 1.25 inches) displays minor handling wear and is in Excellent to Mint condition. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,528
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