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    1952 Bowman Willie Mays #218 PSA NM-MT 8. The first minor league baseball diamond Mays played on was with the Class B Trenton affiliate in 1950 before his ascension to the AAA Millers in 1951. There, he joined future Hall of Famers Hoyt Wilhelm and Ray Dandridge, but Mays quickly earned a one-way ticket to the Big Apple, batting .477 in thirty-five games and dazzling spectators with his range and arm in the outfield. By late May, he was a Big Leaguer. As a pro, "The Say Hey Kid" would earn his immortality in the black and orange of the New York and San Francisco Giants. From season to season, his talents impressed as he would earn the 1951 National League Rookie of the Year Award, participate in one of baseball's most famous games (Bobby Thomson's Called Shot contest) and meet fellow rookie Mickey Mantle in the 1951 Fall Classic. Along with fellow rookie Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays is responsible for a large percentage of why this set ranks within the top ten lists of collectors' favored issues. His cards are a key relic from that unforgettable golden age of baseball. This stellar example, graded PSA NM-MT 8, features precise centering, bold colors and sharp corners. While there are only 10 examples that have rated higher, finding a better one graded 8, may be a chore.

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