Say hey to this rare Willie Mays bobbing head doll. One of just four period players found among 1960s baseball bobbing head issues, Mays is known in four varieties. The inexact study of the history of these fifty year old figures leaves a bit to be desired when it comes precise identification of the assorted types that can be found, but here we will give you the best information we found. Mays has turned up most commonly in early 1960s white base figures in light and dark face versions holding a bat in his right hand. A similarly styled gold base version with bat is considered to be the rarest of Mays types. It is the fourth iteration that concerns us here, with the offered round white base, light face doll holding a baseball in his right hand.
Considered to be rarer than the other two varieties from the 1961-1963 white base series, this piece is believed to be a 1966 reissue with the light face produced a shade lighter than the earlier bat-holding LF type. In addition to the presence of the baseball and the lightened face, this relative rarity shows a third more subtle design feature difference, in the form of a straight pants loop over the belt at center on the back, where the earlier versions have a much wider diamond point loop. Faced with a reasonable likeness of Willie, this piece can clearly be labeled tougher than the other WBs by a simple check of available photos, which show those with bats far exceeding those with balls in number.
This remarkable 7" tall figure shows vibrant colors, wet-look gloss and all around clean surfaces. The team name chest decal and the facsimile base decal are both solid and the underside is affixed with a sticker that reads “Sports Specialties 10203 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles, Calif. 67 Japan”. Upon close examination, three hairline cracks are noted radiating up from the neck opening, with two at rear in the hair and one on the left below the ear. These conditions are not visible when viewing the piece from straight on and therefore have no bearing on forward facing shelf display. All in all a pleasing piece, that rates as (EX-MT).