Lot # 30: 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays SGC 7.5 NM+

Category: 1950-1959

Starting Bid: $7,500.00

Bids: 23 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2024 Rarities Auction",
which ran from 4/11/2024 9:00 AM to
5/4/2024 7:00 PM

(LOT 30)
1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays SGC 7.5 NM+

1952 TOPPS MAYS!!! The Say Hey Kid will forever be on historians lists as one of our National Pastime's best all-time players. His batting, power, fielding, throwing and baserunning exploits set the benchmark for the five-tool player, and he currently holds the title of baseball's greatest living ballplayer. Avid enthusiasts scramble to get his most desirable and valuable cards, with his two most prestigious cards being his 1951 Bowman and 1952 Topps subjects. Collectors assembling high-grade 1952 Topps sets arduously seek a high-grade 1952 Topps Mays, and this sensational SGC 7.5 NM+ fulfills that need. The brilliance Mays showed in his 1951 rookie year excited the Big Apple fan base. With 20 round-trippers, excellent baserunning skills, and the ability to catch virtually everything hit his way, Mays captured the Rookie of the Year Award in 1951. The Say Hey Kid never looked better than on his Topps #261 subject with a classic half-body portrait pose.

Highlighted by brilliant hues and crystal-clear clarity, the image reveals near-perfect centering with an absence of any glaring image tilt that so often plagues the '52 Topps Mays. A bold violet background, square corners exhibiting light touch wear consistent with the grade, impeccable print clarity and virtual pack-fresh surfaces provide the final exclamation points for this masterpiece holdered 7.5 NM+ by SGC. High-grade 1950s stars are currently realizing stratospheric pricing points for Cooperstown's finest legends, such as Mantle, Clemente, Aaron, Koufax and Mays, with seemingly record-setting prices with each passing sale.

MIN BID $7,500

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