Large-format team photo of the 1954 World Champion New York Giants, signed in vintage black ink by the following thirty-six team members atop their respective images: Willie Mays, Leo Durocher (Mgr.), Monte Irvin, Hoyt Wilhelm, Paul Giel, Joe Amalfitano, Don Liddle, Bill Gardner, Al Worthington, Foster Castleman, Windy McCall, Alex Konikowski, Al Corwin, Marv Grissom, Ray Katt, George Spencer, Wes Westrum, Jim Hearn, Ed Logan (clubhouse manager), Dusty Rhodes, Don Mueller, Al Dark, Bill Taylor, Bob Hofman, Joe Garagiola, Ruben Gomez, Johnny Antonelli, Sal Maglie, Whitey Lockman, Larry Jansen, Freddie Fitzsimmons (coach), Frank Shellenback (coach), Herman Franks (coach), Dave Williams, Hank Thompson, and Bob Weinstein (bat boy). Signatures range from "7" to "10," averaging "8." This particular photo has the special provenance of originating from the personal collection of Giants pitcher Larry Jansen and is accompanied by a signed letter from Jansen's son, Dale, attesting to its provenance. This is the first such large-format 1954 Giants team photo we have ever seen, let alone a signed example. While not specifically noted in Jansen's letter, we can only assume that they were specially produced for team members and executives. The photo (13.75 x 11 inches; visible dimensions) displays a tiny area of light discoloration touching upon the images of Konikowski and Corwin (most likely a result of light bleeding from the ink), as well as a few minor surface wrinkles (only visible when viewed at certain angles), none of which detract in the least from its overall Excellent to Mint appearance. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 22 x 18 inches. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.
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