1953-1954 Briggs Meats Willie Mays - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $4,406

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 650

Item Year: 1953

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded VG 40 by SGC. Highest-graded example ever by SGC or PSA! In fact, SGC has only graded two examples including this one (the other is an SGC Authentic that REA submitted last year from the Charlie Conlon Collection which sold for $8,225) and PSA has never graded a Briggs Meats Mays. Extraordinary high-grade example of 1953-1954 Briggs Meats Willie Mays. This is one of the rarest of all Mays cards to find in any condition, let alone a perfectly cut example in high grade. Briggs Meats were regionally issued in the Washington, D.C., area in two-card panels (one two-card panel per package of hot dogs). They are usually found with serious condition problems relating to their method of issue, including creases and hot-dog stains. The 40-card set features a dozen stars from all three New York teams and twenty-eight players from the Washington Senators. This is an exceptionally high grade Briggs Meats of Willie Mays, one of the key cards to the set. The Willie Mays card from this set is all the more significant, not just as one of the key stars in the set, but as one of the rarest of all Willie Mays cards. Briggs Meats cards were intended to be cut by hand from the two-card panels. SGC rarely assigns a numerical grade to these cards but this gem is an exception due to its ideal cut. This card has a sliver of orange border almost, but not entirely, around the perimeter (much better than most Briggs cards, which so often have no orange border showing at all). There are two light surface creases; one on Mays' left shoulder and the other along the bottom border of the reverse. This is an exceptional example of one of the keys of all 1950s regional issues, and one of the most highly prized of all Mays cards. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $4,406

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