August 2019 Summer Classic Auction
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Although the San Francisco Giants slipped from first place to third place in the National League in 1963, their decline certainly could not be blamed on Willie Mays. The veteran centerfielder, then playing in his 12th major league season, hit .314, smacking 38 homers and batting in 103 runs. Although sabermetric statistics did not exist during the game's Golden Era, analysts today can truly appreciate the Say Hey Kid's '62 campaign, when he led all of baseball with an impressive 10.6 WAR. Part of Mays's tremendous value to his team was his stellar play in the field. "He and Joe DiMaggio are the greatest center fielders I ever saw. But Joe couldn't run the bases as well: he wasn't as daring as Willie....He brings back the old days for a fellow like myself," said Frankie Frisch, a Hall of Famer in his own right.

Up for bids here is a perfectly centered example of Mays's 1963 Topps #300 card, graded NM-MT+ 8.5 by PSA. In addition to its stellar centering, this high-grade specimen exhibits bright colors, four sharp corners, smooth edges, and on-target photo registration. As Peter Pullman noted in the April 2013 edition of Sports Market Report, the 1963 Topps set "commanded your attention from the start and made a statement while doing it." In that case, the Mays offered here is a statement-making card in this statement-making set. The winning bidder will be very happy with their purchase, that much we can assure you.
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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $984
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
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