Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/4/2010
Willie Mays will forever be on every baseball expert’s list of the top all-time players. His batting, fielding and running exploits set the benchmark for the “five tool player” concept, and he now holds the distinguished title as baseball’s greatest living ballplayer. This is why avid enthusiasts scramble to seize his most desirable and valuable cards with NONE more prestigious than his 1952 Topps rookie card. The first Willie May’s card was his 1951 Bowman issue, but similar to Mantle, it is his 1952 Topps rookie specimen that is most exalted. Advanced collectors assembling high grade 1952 Topps sets as well as the most hallowed rookie cards certainly require a high grade 1952 Topps Mays and this scintillating PSA 8 example offered here suffices as one of the finest in the business. Consider that PSA has encapsulated over 1,100 Willie Mays 1952 Topps cards with less than 5% achieving this hallowed grade and only 10 graded higher! The “Say Hey Kid” never looked better than in this classic portrait pose of the immortal Giant’s center fielder. A young and innocent Mays couldn’t possibly imagine the incredible career he was about to embark on when he posed for this iconic photo highlighted by brilliant colored hues and vivid registration. Atypical for this card, both the vertical and horizontal centering is 60/40 at worst, with most 1952 Topps May’s copies depicting an image that significantly favors the perimeter edging. A bold violet background, pin point corners, immaculate print clarity and blemish free surfaces provide the final compliments to one of the finer 1952 Topps May’s cards we have come across. PSA Set Registry fanatics fully comprehend that the handful of existing PSA 9’s rarely become available, justifying why this breathtaking PSA 8 just might be the next best option to escalate your elite collection.
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