1951 Bowman #305 Willie Mays Rookie - PSA NM+ 7.5

Sold For: $7,110

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 539

Item Year: 1951

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded NM+ 7.5 by PSA. Extraordinary high-grade example of one of card collecting's great classics, and Willie Mays' first and true rookie card. The 1951 Bowman of Willie Mays has long been universally recognized 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! The offered example (which heralds from a collection assembled in the 1970s that has not seen the light of day until now) is perfectly crisp and clean, with four square corners, brilliant colors, and with virtually perfect centering. This reverse is also perfectly crisp and clean, without even the slightest trace of the gum or wax staining which so frequently affects 1951 Bowmans. This is an exceptionally attractive ultra high-grade example of Willie Mays' rookie card, one of the most highly prized of all postwar cards. SMR value is $5,000. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $7,110

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