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.

1952 TOPPS #261 WILLIE MAYS ROOKIE PSA 1.5 (4935)
1952 TOPPS #261 WILLIE MAYS ROOKIE PSA 1.5 (4935)
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WILLIE MAYS 1997 Topps Mays (1952 Topps) #2    D5178
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1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays ** PSA Authentic * New York Giants old baseball card
1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays ** PSA Authentic * New York Giants old baseball card
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1952 TOPPS RETRO SET W 2 MICKEY MANTLES BABE RUTH JACKIE ROBINSON WILLIE MAYS
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Willie Mays 1990 Hamilton Collection Porcelain Card  1952 Topps  HOF  *m40
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1952 Topps Willie MAYS (HOF) New York Giants #261 - PSA VG-EX 4 (mk)
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1997 Topps Reprints Finest #2 Willie Mays (1952 Topps) New York Giants Card
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1997 Topps Reprints Finest #2 Willie Mays (1952 Topps) New York Giants Card
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1997 Topps Reprints Finest #2 Willie Mays (1952 Topps) New York Giants Card
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1997 Topps Reprints Finest #2 Willie Mays (1952 Topps) New York Giants Card
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1997 Topps Reprints Finest #2 Willie Mays (1952 Topps) New York Giants Card
1997 Topps Reprints Finest #2 Willie Mays (1952 Topps) New York Giants Card
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Willie Mays 1952 Topps #261 VG-EX Rookie Card PSA 4
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1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays BGS 2.5
1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays BGS 2.5
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Rare 1952 Topps Porcelain WILLIE MAYS Baseball Card W/Stand Limited Vintage MLB
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WILLIE MAYS 1952 TOPPS RETRO INSERT COMMERATIVE 1996 GIANTS BASEBALL CARD
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