1952 Topps Willie Mays

Perhaps one of the most under appreciated cards in the hobby is the 1952 Topps Willie Mays #261 card. Willie Mays is considered by many to be the best overall player of the era, and that includes Mickey Mantle. Mays was a great all around player both offensively and defensively, and might have topped 700 home runs in his career had he not played in the pitcher friendly Candlestick Park the last few years of his career (he still managed to crank out 660 home runs).

For some reason though, the 1952 Topps Willie Mays card does not get anywhere close to the attention that the Mantle card from the same set garners. Both players put up pretty similar numbers and both had previous cards in the 1951 red back set, and both cards seem to be about equally tough to find in great condition. The '52 card shows a portrait of a young Mays from the shoulders up and unfortunately, many of the examples of this card have the image tilted as compared to the frame of the card. This is another of the top 200 cards in the hobby, as voted on by PSA.

2012 TOPPS BONUS GOLD REF. 1952 #261 WILLIE MAYS HOF POP 3 PSA 10 B2542370-102
2012 TOPPS BONUS GOLD REF. 1952 #261 WILLIE MAYS HOF POP 3 PSA 10 B2542370-102
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1952 Topps Willie Mays Rookie Baseball Card Graded PSA 4
1952 Topps Willie Mays Rookie Baseball Card Graded PSA 4
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Original 1952 Topps Willie Mays Rookie #261 BVG CENTERED
Original 1952 Topps Willie Mays Rookie #261 BVG CENTERED
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Willie Mays Etched Bronze Plaque 1952 Signed Topps Stadium Club
Willie Mays Etched Bronze Plaque 1952 Signed Topps Stadium Club
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1952 Topps Willie Mays RC Signed Porcelain Baseball Card Rookie PSA DNA COA
1952 Topps Willie Mays RC Signed Porcelain Baseball Card Rookie PSA DNA COA
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1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays Giants PSA 5 - EX
1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays Giants PSA 5 - EX
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1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays Giants PSA 5 - EX
1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays Giants PSA 5 - EX
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Willie Mays 1952 Topps #261 Baseball Card Graded PSA 3 VERY GOOD
Willie Mays 1952 Topps #261 Baseball Card Graded PSA 3 VERY GOOD
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1950 Bowman 1952 1954 Topps Willie Mays Mickey Mantle Tom Brewer Lot 
1950 Bowman 1952 1954 Topps Willie Mays Mickey Mantle Tom Brewer Lot 
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1949 1951 Bowman 1952 1954 Topps 1959 Bob Feller Mickey Mantle Willie Mays lot
1949 1951 Bowman 1952 1954 Topps 1959 Bob Feller Mickey Mantle Willie Mays lot
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2012 Topps Gold Crome Exclusive Willie Mays 1952 #261-1953 #244
2012 Topps Gold Crome Exclusive Willie Mays 1952 #261-1953 #244
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1952  TOPPS  WILLIE  MAYS  #  261   SGC  35
1952 TOPPS WILLIE MAYS # 261 SGC 35
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WILLIE MAYS 1952 TOPPS RETRO INSERT COMMERATIVE 1996 GIANTS BASEBALL CARD
WILLIE MAYS 1952 TOPPS RETRO INSERT COMMERATIVE 1996 GIANTS BASEBALL CARD
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2014 Topps Willie Mays Framed 1952 Style /199 sp
2014 Topps Willie Mays Framed 1952 Style /199 sp
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1952 Topps Willie Mays 261 Good condition w/solid centering and color
1952 Topps Willie Mays 261 Good condition w/solid centering and color
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