1954 original wire photo of Willie May, signed by Mays on the front. Mays has inscribed the photo “Best Wishes/Willie Mays/N. Y. Giants,” in blue ink (grading “8”) to the right of his image. What makes this photo significant is that the Mays signature is a vintage 1950s example and was obviously obtained shortly after the photo was produced. The photo pictures Mays in uniform posing with six bats held over his shoulder. The embedded news caption along the left border, dated “12/16,” announces that Mays has just been named the National League Most Valuable Player for the 1954 season. A “United Press Telephoto” credit stamp appears on the reverse. The photo (7 x 9 inches) remains in Excellent condition. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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