Original Unrestored Polo Grounds Double-Figural Stadium Seat

Sold For: $5,700

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1974

Item Year: 1958

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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The ultimate original Polo Grounds stadium seat! Offered here is a rare and highly desirable Polo Grounds double-figural stadium seat, 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.) In addition, this is a freestanding model, needing no modifications for use or display. (It has wooden runners to make it more stable, but it does not require them to stand freely. The runners are easily removed if so desired.) Ideally, the seat is completely original, with no restoration, and one can still see the original white-stencil number "5" on the top slat of the back rest. As such, it stands in stark contrast to the majority of Polo Grounds seats in collectors' hands today, many of which have sections of replaced wood or are often completely restored. It also comes with a unique provenance: our consignor purchased this seat from a gentleman who originally obtained it from the head of maintenance at the Polo Grounds shortly before the stadium was demolished. 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 (21 x 16 x 29 inches; with the seat fully extended) displays wear consistent with its age and former use, including loss of paint to both the wood and metal components, as well as minor oxidation to the exposed metal elements. The substantial size/weight of this item requires that there will be a shipping charge for this lot (which will vary depending upon where it is being shipped). The shipping charge will be billed separately from the auction invoice. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open).

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