1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays Rookie - PSA NM-MT 8

Sold For: $11,750

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 601

Item Year: 1951

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA. Extraordinary super high-grade example of one of card collecting's greatest classics, and Willie Mays' first and true rookie card. The 1951 Bowman of Willie Mays has long been firmly established as one of the most famous and desirable of all baseball cards. In addition to being one of the two key cards of the 1951 Bowman set, Mays is also part of the scarce high-number series of the set (#253-324). This is a magnificent card in all respects! The offered example is perfectly crisp and clean, with four sharp corners, exceptional printing registration, and with virtually perfect centering. This reverse is perfectly crisp and clean, without even the slightest trace of the gum or wax staining which so frequently affects 1951 Bowmans. No 1951 Bowman Mays has ever been graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA, and only eight examples have ever graded MINT 9. SMR for MINT 9 is $65,000 and SMR for NM-MT 8 is $10,500, an unusually wide margin between the two grades in terms of percentage for any card in SMR. This ultra high-grade example of Willie Mays' rookie card is one of the finest we have ever offered or seen, and would be a worthy and welcome addition to the highest caliber world-class collection of classic cards. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000++. SOLD FOR $11,750

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