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    1952 Bowman Willie Mays #218 PSA Mint 9--None Superior! 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.

    And here, on the proving grounds of the PSA population report, the offered lot likewise asserts its dominance, joining just five other examples atop the rankings. We find no cause to question this elite assessment, as the card is a true "time capsule" specimen, unchanged from its appearance upon production over six decades ago. Corners remain sharp, surfaces clean and unaffected by either the wax or gum staining that so often mars other contemporary cardboard. Even the centering, a common stumbling block in this era, offers no cause for complaint. A stellar sophomore-season example for the uncompromising collector.


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