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    1956 Topps Willie Mays #130 (Gray Back) PSA Mint 9 - None Higher. Who knew? Back in the mid-fifties, kids in New York City had three Major League teams to follow, usually two of them in a Subway Series, and each with a future Hall of Famer playing center field. "Willie, Mickey, and the Duke," sang Terry Cashman in "Talkin' Baseball," his wondrous hymn to Fifties ball. Some feel Hall of Famer Willie Mays was not only the top 1950s center fielder in New York, but the top center fielder in history. Mays played Negro League ball with the Birmingham Black Barons, then signed with the New York Giants and made the Majors in 1951, helping the Giants to their Miracle of Coogan's Bluff pennant. In 1954, The Giants, with Mays making an incredible over-the -shoulder catch in Game One, won the World Series over Cleveland. Then in 1955, Mays led the National League both home runs (51), triples (13), and OPS (1.059). He was selected for 24 All-Star games, led the National League in home runs four times and had two MVP Awards.

    But" The Say Hey Kid" had to be seen to be truly appreciated - the way he covered enormous ground in the outfield, his daring on the bases, his tremendous arm, the way he could get a jump on a fly ball, his power to all fields. He did it all. For example, Mays went from leading the league in homers in 1955 to leading the league in stolen bases (40) in 1956.

    Graded PSA Mint 9. One of thirty-three graded MINT with none higher. The card front features a Mays portrait photo and an action shot of his sliding home. The reverse has clever cartoons featuring Mays. Few imagined in 1956 that the Giants and Dodgers would both call California home in two years, but here the smiling Mays is still youthful, the Giants are still in New York, and this very valuable, rare Mint card can bring back, for some magical moments, 1956.


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