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1953 Topps Willie Mays

Summer 2013 Auction
Lot Number: 152
1953 Topps # 244
Willie Mays
Graded by PSA as NM-MT 8

Realized Price: $16,320

This 1953 Topps high-number series issue of Giants Hall-of-Fame centerfielder Willie Mays is one of the most popular and highly sought after post-war cards. It marks Mays' second appearance on a Topps issue, and is one of the key issues in the classic 1953 set.

Considered by many as the greatest five-tool player in major league baseball history, Mays enjoyed a spectacular 22-year career (1951-1973). He was named to 24 All Star teams, was a 12-time Gold Glove Award winner, a two-time National League MVP Award winner, and a two-time World Series champion. Mays is one of the most iconic figures from baseball's Golden Age of the 1950's.

Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA, this example is extremely attractive with a bright fresh appearance. The white borders are very clean and have a soft cream tone. All four corners are squared up, with just a touch of frictional wear present. The surface quality is pristine. Mays' image, the background artwork, and the lettering are allboldly colored. And the entire card is bathed in a brilliant layer of sparkling original gloss.

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