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    1951 Bowman Willie Mays Rookie #305 PSA NM-MT 8. He was rated number two on The Sporting News' list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players of the Twentieth Century," topped only by the iconic Babe Ruth. There are many who would contend that it was Mays deserved top billing--in the end, it comes down to your particular definition of "greatness." That Babe Ruth was the most noteworthy figure in twentieth century baseball is difficult to dispute. And it's true that he was the game's premier pitcher before he became the game's premier slugger. But if baseball's "five tools" is the metric--hitting for average, hitting for power, baserunning, throwing and fielding--Mays' superiority is clear.

    Within the 1951 Bowman issue, the Say Hey Kid likewise plays second fiddle only to a single New York Yankees legend--the great Mickey Mantle, whose rookie also derives from the set. Heritage sold a Mantle card in the same grade as this Mays representation for $615,000 in our February 2021 Platinum Night auction, providing some context for just how much the top cards in this beloved set have climbed in recent months.

    This beauty works its way to the upper reaches of the PSA population on the strength of bright colors, crisp registration, sharp corners and solid centering. Fewer than ten submissions have climbed higher. A spectacular tribute to the oldest living Hall of Famer, printed seven decades ago.


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    April, 2021
    15th Thursday
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