1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays Rookie - PSA EX-MT 6

Sold For: $1,998

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 598

Item Year: 1951

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Extremely desirable rookie card of legendary Hall of Famer Willie Mays, one of the most important of all 1950s bubble-gum cards. In addition to being one of the two key cards of the 1951 Bowman set, Mays is part of the scarce high-number series of the set (#253-324). Crisp and clean, with flawless bright colors, four square corners, and perfect registration. The reverse is virtually flawless with no gum or wax stains as is often the case with 1951 Bowmans. The 25/75 left-to-right centering is almost certainly solely responsible for keeping this gem from receiving a higher grade from PSA. This is a sharp-looking example of Mays' rookie card, in an extremely desirable grade which offers a particularly outstanding value compared to technically higher-graded examples, which though more expensive, are often not as crisp and attractive as this EX-MT example. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $1,998

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