1952 Topps Willie Mays Rookie Card
1952 Topps Willie Mays Rookie Card

Some say this 1952 Topps Willie Mays rookie card isn't very attractive. I disagree. While not his true rookie card, that honor goes to his 1951 Bowman, this card carries the weight of the landmark 1952 Topps set which features the most famous rookie card of the modern era, Mickey Mantle.

Willie Mays is widely considered the greatest "all around" player the game has ever known. His 660 home runs still ranks 5th all time. What set Willie Mays apart was his defense. He won a record 12 Gold Glove awards once they were introduced in 1957, 5 years after his rookie season! Willie also played in a record 24 All-Star games prompting another legend, Ted Williams, to declared that "They invented the All-Star Game for Willie Mays."


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