August 2018 Summer Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/1/2018

If you asked collectors which Topps baseball set has that "70s look" more than any other, the 1972 issue would be at or near the top of every list. Featuring team names written in a bold, brightly-colored 3D font—one might call it groovy—each card features a color player photo placed within a tombstone-shaped frame with his name underneath. It is an interesting juxtaposition to see Topps's most modern design to date coupled with one of baseball's aging superstars, Willie Mays. At 41 years old, Mays did not have much left in the tank, but the Say Hey Kid played on. He would finish his storied career back in New York, the city where it all began, this time as a member of the Mets, who acquired the services of the two-time MVP from San Francisco in May. Offered here is a virtually perfect example of Mays's 1972 Topps #49 card. It was his final cardboard appearance in a Giants uniform, which he had worn on cards since his major league call-up back in 1951. The example up for bids exhibits pristine surfaces and image registration, four razor-sharp corners, clean edges, and a precisely centered front; no wonder it received a PSA 10 Gem Mint grade from PSA, one of only 24 specimens to earn this distinction. Highly desired, this Mays card is one to get for fans of the living legend. Can you dig it, man? I mean, can you dig it?

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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,922
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Saturday, September 1, 2018.
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