Circa 1955 Exhibits Willie Mays - SGC GEM 98

Sold For: $1,175

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 679

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Graded GEM 98 by SGC. This is the only example of Hall of Famer Willie Mays from the 1947-1966 Exhibits card set ever graded GEM 98 by SGC! While SGC labels all Exhibit cards dating from 1947 to 1966 without a specific year designation, please note that this is a circa 1955 Exhibit, and one of Mays' earliest cards, featuring him in a New York Giants uniform. (The Giants, of course, moved to San Francisco after the 1957 season, and Mays was featured in a San Francisco Giants uniform on all post-1957 Exhibits.) This card is flawless in all respects. All four corners are razor-sharp. It is perfectly crisp and clean, both front and back. Outstanding picture quality. This is an incredible ultra high-grade Exhibit card of Hall of Famer Willie Mays, one of the greatest players in the history of the game. It is extremely rare to find any card graded by SGC as GEM MINT. In fact, for all players, only ten Exhibit cards from the entire span of 1947 to 1966 have ever been graded GEM MINT, and of these, only two are Hall of Famers (including the offered Mays). There is no formal consensus of value for a 1950s Willie Mays Exhibit card in this unrivaled condition. We are confident the auction process will provide clarity. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).

Addendum: Because this card bears the legend "Printed in USA" in the lower right, as opposed to "Made in USA", and features Mays in a New York Giants uniform, it is likely this card dates from exactly 1957. Our thanks to Larry Smith for taking the time to point this out! SOLD FOR $1,175

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