October 2012 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 10/25/2012
An immensely appealing example of "The Say Hey Kid's" regal, purple-backed 1952 Topps issue given the professional assessment of NM/MT 8 from PSA. Centered slightly to the left but accurate enough for MINT consideration, this beauty offers a solid NM/MT to NM/MT+ perimeter with the top left corner approaching MINT status and noticeably clean borders around a perfectly registered and positively stunning image for the issue. Some entirely negligible print can be detected in the dark backdrop beside the upper left border as well as on the top right crown of Willie's cap, arguably the only thoroughly convincing NM/MT features throughout. The reverse is 100% free of wax residue and, consistent with the profoundly commanding obverse, displays a noticeably bold and deeply saturated print impression of both the red and black colors comprising the groundbreaking 1952 Topps stat-back design. Furthermore, a close inspection of the reverse perimeter could easily convince even the most meticulous collector to deem the edges and corners NM/MT+ overall, if not better. A sharp and illustrious example of a key Mays issue that many advanced collectors believe is one of the most overlooked cards in the entire hobby. It may not be his rookie card (1951 Bowman), and it may not be a '52 Topps high-number, but the offered Mays masterpiece will unquestionably add considerable weight to even the most advanced collections in the world!
1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays PSA 8 NM/MT
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