It's a cinch to make a strong case that Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were the two best ballplayers of their generation. 1950s-1960s legends Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson and others with superior skills are held in high esteem, but Mantle and Mays were the most complete five-tool stars of the day. These remarkable centerfielders are honored here, with this lot of (2) vintage bobble head figures. Dating from 1961-1963, these highly coveted icons are realistic face types that are nearly as impressive as their revered subjects.
The Mantle figure has a square white base with a gold foil Japan sticker on the underside, which also bears written career stats that have no impact on the display appeal of this otherwise prime example. This well preserved piece stands proudly with abundant gloss, a bright white uniform, bold paint and an overall magnificent appearance. The facsimile autograph decal on the front of the base shows moderate wear and the tip of the forefinger on the left hand is blunted, but no color breaks are noted and it is very possible this issue is a factory flaw. Were it not for the decal wear, this piece would rate higher, but as, is it merits a (NM) designation.
The Mays figure has a white round base stamp dated 1962 Japan on the underside. Like the Mantle piece, the main issue with this Mays bobble head is moderate wear on the facsimile autograph decal on the front of the base. The bottom edge of the letter "G" of the jersey decal is clipped near the bat knob, but this appears to be a factory issue rather than wear. While not as vibrant and glossy as his Yankees counterpart, this splendid Mays example shows only the slightest traces of wear, to earn an (EX-MT) score and were it not for one small chip on the base decal, the rating would be a grade higher.