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    1953 Topps Willie Mays #244 SGC 96 Mint 9 - Pop One, Highest SGC Graded Example! Bowman may have dropped the proverbial ball for failing to include this young legend-in-the-making in its 1953 issue, but Topps thankfully proved itself to be as sure-handed as the Say Hey Kid himself. But, in fairness, it had been a close call. With their attention turning to the impending football season, the Topps Chewing Gum Co. dodged the future wrath of vintage trading card collectors by making the 1951 Rookie of the Year card number 244 in their short-printed high series, ensuring future availability if not plenitude.

    Graded SGC 96 Mint 9, presented is one of the very best 1953 Topps Mays cards on earth. This specimen shares with no others its stratospheric tier, nor does any representation grade higher within the nearly 200 SGC-holstered examples. The card's pristine character incorporates a phenomenal image, and, after almost sixty years of existence, displays no perceptible effects of exposure to circulation, dust, or light. In short, the card appears exactly as it did the day it hatched from wax. A satisfying rough cut at the bottom edge and the lack of so much as the implication of wear in the all too critical full-bleed corners provides indisputable evidence that the piece has escaped handling (in all of its deleterious forms) since the moment of striking. A mandatory component in any serious assembly of 1950's treasures.


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    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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