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Vintage New York Giants Memorabilia "Balance of Collection" (45 Items) - From Polo Grounds Superintendent

Lot Number 604

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These are the personal effects of long-serving Polo Grounds superintendent Jim Trainor—who devoted his career to the inner workings of the Giants franchise and their beloved home. Condition averages EX overall.



Willie Mays single-signed ball (lightly toned ONL White ball with a blue-ink "9" signature just to the right on the sweet spot)


1944 Second Edition McGraw of the Giants by Frank Graham (VG)


1948 Giant Farm System "Sanford Training Camp" promotional brochure featuring farm director Carl Hubbell (9x12)


1949 Playing the Giants Game booklet by Leo Durocher (2 copies, 5-1/2" x 7-1/2")


May 1950 Talk of the Century with Coogan's Bluff article


1950s team stationery sheet (8-1/2" x 11")


1950s multi-signed oversized cut (3-1/2" x 4-1/2") w/pencil and ink signatures of Durocher, Westrum (2), B. Taylor, Maglie, Jansen, D. Williams, Wilhelm and Russ Hodges (reverse)


1951 team-photo supplement w/rookie Mays (8x11)


1954 World Champions' commemorative black bat: VG condition with a range of facsimile signatures with strength ranging from barely visible to extremely bold. The majority of names are intact. Includes: Wilhelm, Irvin, Durocher and Mays.


1954 Yearbook


1954 The Giants Win the Pennant record album (and accompanying unidentified red record album)


1955 Polo Grounds "Advance Ticket Purchase Plans" brochure and order form (VG, 8-1/2" x 11")


1955 Yearbook (GD)


8/28/55 Eddie Brannick Golden Jubilee dinner program (plus separate seating list)


Early 1960s 8x10 glossy photos of the Polo Grounds field and adjacent seating being ripped up (30)


Auction LOA from JSA (for autographs).



The Jim Trainor NY Giants Collection

Polo Grounds superintendent Jim Trainor was there when Carl Hubbell struck out Ruth, Gehrig, Foxx, Simmons and Cronin in the 1934 All-Star Game. Trainor was there when Bobby Thomson hit the Shot Heard Round the World. He was there when Willie Mays made history with "The Catch." And that merely scratches the surface of what Trainor witnessed and experienced during his 25 years at Coogan's Bluff. He first joined the maintenance crew in 1932 as a sign painter, eventually rising to superintendent and overseeing all trade workers, from groundskeepers to electricians to plumbers. (Early in his career, Trainor's own father James also worked for National Exhibition Company—a.k.a. the NY Giants—and was charged with tending to the Polo Grounds umpire locker room.) When the Giants left for San Francisco in 1957, Jim Trainor stayed behind and later supervised the transition of the Polo Grounds into the temporary home for the New York Mets until Shea Stadium's completion. We're pleased to present the Trainor family's collection of Giants memorabilia, highlighted by a 1934 All-Star team-signed ball (w/Hubbell) and 1950s Willie Mays game-used bat, along with Giants programs, stubs, books and team-signed balls.

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