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Willie Mays earned his first Gold Glove in 1957, the first year they were awarded. This particular award is notable in that it was the only Gold Glove Willie Mays won wearing a NY Giants uniform and one of only two Willie Mays Gold Glove awards currently in private hands. Given by Mays to his Major League buddy, Mud Cat Grant, the award is a gold colored, Rawlings Trapeze model glove, branded in the pocket with "National League All Star Fielding Team." It sits atop a wood base that has the words, "Advertisers Display & Exhibits, Inc. St Louis, Mo." on the bottom. The gold plaque in front of the glove has the wording, "1957 Rawlings Gold Glove Award CF Willie Mays The Sporting News All Star Fielding Team." To the right of the glove is a small, metal, figural baseball player attached to the wood base. It is the only replacement component on a piece that is otherwise 100% original and in EX condition. Amazing!
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Summer/August 2006 Catalog