1961 Willie Mays Away Jersey & Pants
Appraised Value: $25,000 - $35,000
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Appraisal Video: (2:35)
Collectibles, Sports Memorabilia
GUEST: It was given to me by my aunt. She's had it in the family for about 30 some-odd years. Her husband, my late uncle, collected a lot of sports memorabilia and other kinds of... he was a collector, and apparently came across this at some time earlier in life. And I've been admiring it for years. She would always talk about it. So when I was on the recent trip to visit her, she said, "Well, it's yours, my gift to you. Take good care of it." And I said, "Well, thank you very much, I will."
APPRAISER: Oh, nice. How long have you had this?
GUEST: I've had it a little under a year.
APPRAISER: Do you know that this is a Willie Mays away jersey and pants uniform?
GUEST: Well, I kind of thought it is, because the colors, because I think the home teams were white, and when they were away, they were gray. And that's pretty much all I know about it, other than I'm assuming that "61" is the year.
APPRAISER: That's exactly right. I looked at the tagging on the back, and I noticed that it has a Spalding tag and that it's a size 42. Also here in the tail of the shirt we have Willie's name stitched in, along with the year, '61. And it is exactly like uniforms from 1961 from the Giants, as they should be. Inside the pants, we have his name stitched in on the same way, with his size. And the thing that really gets me with this whole uniform is its condition. You know, when I think of Willie Mays, I think of, like, you know, sliding, diving, sweating and so forth. And it's just in this remarkable condition. Have you done anything to clean it, or...?
GUEST: No, the only thing I did was... it was very wrinkled, because my aunt kept it in a small little box, all kind of crumpled up. I just had it pressed, just to get some of the wrinkles out. Other than that... I wouldn't even know what it's made of. I wouldn't even know how to clean something like this. I'd be afraid to touch it, to be honest with you.
APPRAISER: It's wool.
APPRAISER: This is actually flannel wool.
GUEST: Oh, okay.
APPRAISER: Getting this uniform graded would be definitely something that you should do. I think that this would attain a very, very high grade. Uniform grading generally is on a one-to-ten scale. In this condition, I think that this would probably grade a nine or a ten.
APPRAISER: I can't imagine that it wouldn't bring a ten. And it's also nice that you got the pants. In auction, I would estimate this whole outfit at $25,000 to $35,000.
GUEST: That's amazing.
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