New York Giants Solid Gold Lifetime Pass Presented to Toots Shor
This incredible offering is a New York Giants solid gold lifetime pass presented to legendary restaurateur Toots Shor. Best known for his eponymous saloon and restaurant that operated on 51 West 51st Street in Manhattan as well as his colorful personality, Shor's restaurant gained notoriety because of its celebrity patrons, who were occasionally treated with disdain if they didn't observe an unwritten "code" that prevailed at Shor's establishment. Eventually, Shor opened up two more locations in NYC, but neither were able to match the success of his first, which was frequented by the likes of Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Yogi Berra and Ernest Hemingway. The front of the pass is engraved, "The Giants, New York Base Ball Club, Extends to, Toots Shor, The Courtesy of Polo Grounds" while the back is stamped "Solid Gold" and engraved "To Toots from Horace." Horace Stoneham was the owner of the Giants at the time, and made the controversial decision to move the team to San Francisco in 1957 hoping the West Coast would prove more lucrative. After a string of disappointing seasons in the 1970s, Stoneham was forced to sell the team in '76. The pass also states that it is "Non transferrable" and is "Good at press gate only." Needless to say, an offering such as this is fantastically rare, and is a magnificent convergence of New York sport and culture from the middle of the 20th century. Minor surface wear, otherwise NM.
Addendum: This pass is made of 10k gold. The "Solid Gold" engraving on the front and back was done in an unknown hand and not by the manufacturer.