Original Polo Grounds Double-Figural Seat

Sold For: $4,148

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1085

Item Year: 1950

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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The ultimate original Polo Grounds stadium seat! This is the rare, and, to collectors, by far the most desirable, double-figural Polo Grounds style, featuring the Giants' intricate interlocking "NY" design on both sides of the seat. The "NY" defines this seat at a glance as a Polo Grounds seat. To have the "NY" on both sides is the ideal. In addition, this is a freestanding model, which again is the most desirable style, needing no modifications for use or display. The seat is completely original, with no restoration; however, it may have been repainted following its removal from the stadium (if it were repainted, the last coat was applied decades ago). The majority of Polo Grounds seats in collectors' hands today have sections of replaced wood and are often completely restored. This is an ideal original model with all of the elements that define this seat as the ultimate of its type. The Polo Grounds will always be revered as one of baseball's grandest old ballparks. The stadium was sacred as the home of the Giants from 1891 to 1957. The New York Mets brought baseball back to the Polo Grounds in 1962 and 1963, but it was torn down in 1964 to make room for housing projects, leaving only memories and a few seats as reminders of one of baseball's longest-lasting old-time ballparks. The chair (22 x 16 x 29 inches; with the seat fully extended) displays minor chipping along the front underside of the seat, as well as a few other minor chips here and there. Well worn as expected from age, use, and the elements, but otherwise in Excellent condition overall. Reserve $2,000. Estimate $4,000/$6,000. SOLD FOR $4,148

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