The San Francisco Giants are one of the most successful baseball teams of all-time and of recent history. The team moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958, and as one of the longest-established baseball teams it’s clear why the Giants have produced more Hall of Fame players than any other team. One of the most storied franchises in all of baseball; the Giants have won the most games of any team in MLB history. The franchise has won 22 NL pennants, played in 19 World Series and won seven titles – a feat that only four other teams have accomplished.
The Giants and their best player in team history, Willie Mays, provided the baseball world with countless memories that will continue to be told by fans everywhere. Probably the most iconic of these moments happened during the 1954 World Series where the Giants faced off against the heavily-favored Cleveland Indians. With the game tied at two runs apiece, the Indians’ Vic Wertz hit a long fly ball to centerfield with runners on first and second. Willie Mays sprinted toward the wall in centerfield and made a dramatic over-the-shoulder catch that prevented any runs from scoring. The Giants ultimately won the game and the series, but it might not have been possible if not for “The Catch.” With this signed Willie Mays photo, fans and collectors can cement a piece of history within their memorabilia collection forever. The photo captures Mays just as he strides toward the centerfield wall and seconds before he makes the heroic catch that sealed the Giants’ title.
Though 1954 season served as the last World Series title for the Giants until 2010, the franchise was not deprived of talent and excitement. In 1993, the Giants made a splash when they signed free agent Barry Bonds to serve as the face of the franchise. Bonds responded by hitting 46 home runs, scoring 129 runs and batting in another 123, all of which were career highs. With Bonds the Giants impressed followers by producing a 103-59 record, but the team failed to reach the playoffs after losing its last game of the season to the Los Angeles Dodgers. A win against the Dodgers would have forced a one-game playoff against the Atlanta Braves. In 1996, Bonds continued to accumulate individual records as he became just the second member of the exclusive 40-40 club when he hit 42 home runs and stole 40 bases.
In 2002, the Giants retooled around Bonds, who had another MVP season with 46 home runs and 110 RBI, and made a run into the postseason. San Francisco beat Atlanta in the divisional series and later took down the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, which set up a trip to the World Series against the Anaheim Angels. Despite being up three games to two in the series, the Giants could not capitalize in key moments and the Angels came back to win the series in seven games and claimed the title.
It was during the 2010 season that the Giants would return and prosper in the World Series. The Giants faced off against the Texas Rangers, and behind the stellar pitching of Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain won their first title since 1954. After being unable to defend their 2010 title, the Giants emerged in 2012 as a team to be reckoned with. Catcher Buster Posey had one of the best seasons in team history and was named NL MVP while the team made its run in the postseason. After beating the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco faced off against the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 World Series. The Giants dominated the series and swept the Tigers in four games while Pablo Sandoval emerged as the hero and won Series MVP.
The Giants have one of the most storied histories in all of baseball. Across the world, fans proudly wear their Giants gear. After suffering through a World Series drought, San Francisco has become a franchise that is accustomed to winning and that’s why investing in Giants memorabilia is such an easy decision. Any piece of Giants memorabilia would be a great addition to any baseball collection and would also serve as a fantastic way to add historical context to a collection.
- Willie Mays Autographed Jerseys: Willie Mays is consistently regarded as one of the greatest players Major League Baseball has ever seen. The “Say Hey Kid” won two MVP awards and was voted to an eye-popping 24 All-Star games throughout his career. Willie Mays retired in 1973 with the third-most home runs in history with 660, and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979 while on his first ballot. For any classic MLB memorabilia collector, Willie Mays collectibles are a must as he’s an iconic player whose legacy will live forever. Nothing represents a player better than their jersey, making this signed Willie Mays jersey the ultimate pickup for fans and collectors.
- Barry Bonds Signed Bats: Barry Bonds is one of the most successful baseball players of all time. The slugger played the majority of his 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the San Francisco Giants and was named to 14 All-Star games. He is the all-time home run king with a whopping 762 career home runs. Barry Bonds also won seven National league MVP awards – from 2001 to 2004 he won four consecutive – which is a league record. There is no better way to cement Bonds’ legacy than by adding an authentic Barry Bonds signed bat to your memorabilia collection. Fans can add historical context to their collection by adding this autographed Barry Bonds bat. The bat commemorates Bonds’ 600th home run, which highlights a feat that only eight players in MLB history have accomplished.
- Buster Posey Autographed Photos: At just 27 years old, Buster Posey is already a two-time World Series champion and National League MVP. Posey has already established himself as one of the elite young players in all of baseball, and his climb to the top continues as he improves on his game every year. As a two-time All-Star, Posey solidified his position as the face of the franchise for the San Francisco Giants during the 2012 season where he was named the NL batting champion, won the NL Hank Aaron Award, won a Silver Slugger and was named league MVP. With so much success in such a little bit of time it’s difficult for fans to preserve the iconic moments Posey has already given them, but we have you covered with a wide variety of Buster Posey autographed photos to choose from. This signed Buster Posey photo captured the young slugger swinging for the fences during the 2012 World Series.
- Tim Lincecum Plaques and Collages: Tim Lincecum has played a huge role in the recent success of the San Francisco Giants. He made his debut with the team during the 2007 season, and played an integral role in the rotation during the 2010 and 2012 seasons which both resulted in World Series titles. As a four-time All-Star and two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, Lincecum has clearly emerged as one of the better pitchers in all of baseball. Fans and collectors can commemorate the stellar play of this elite pitcher by adding this Tim Lincecum plaque to their collection. The plaque highlights Lincecum’s iconic no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on July 13, 2013, where he threw 148 pitches and struck out 13 batters while not giving up a single hit.
- Matt Cain Signed Baseballs: Matt Cain is a three-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion. As one of the premier pitchers in baseball, Cain etched his name into baseball lore when on June 13, 2012 he pitched the first perfect game in San Francisco Giants history in a game against the Houston Astros. In 2010, Cain pitched at another level during the playoffs – not allowing an earned run in any of the three games he pitched in – and led the Giants to their first championship since 1954. With this signed Matt Cain baseball, collectors and fans can commemorate Cain’s stellar play as he led his team to a World Series title.