2018 Fall Classic Auction
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Featured in this lot is the only recognized rookie card featuring The Say Hey Kid. Willie Mays was, perhaps, the greatest all-around player the game has ever seen. He could match Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron in power, field and throw like Roberto Clemente and run like Lou Brock. In 1951, Mays started off in a horrific slump, but broke out of it with a home run against fellow Hall of Famer Warren Spahn. Mays finished the year with a .274 batting average, 20 home runs and 68 RBI, giving fans a glimpse of what was to come. After being named NL Rookie of the Year, Mays would reach great heights as he became the first player to reach 500 home runs and 3,000 hits. Mays also made 24 All-Star Game appearances, a record that still stands today. Mays, a two-time NL MVP, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979. This card, along with the Mantle rookie, is one of two major keys to the set and is arguably tougher than The Mick's rookie in high-grade. This card has been graded a PSA 8 with a very slight off centering. The back off the card is clean and does not have any Gum residue as often found on the 1951 Bowman Gum cards. This card in a PSA 8 Grade without a qualifier has sold for $92,400, $81,111 and $78,000 in 2016.
1951 Bowman Willie Mays Rookie Card #305 (PSA/DNA NM-MT 8 OC)
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Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $7,514.15
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, November 11, 2018.
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