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5 Cool Vintage Willie Mays Cards You Can Own Without Going Broke

It’s easy to put together a list of the best Willie Mays cards.  You start with his 1951 Bowman rookie card and 1952 Topps high number and slide up the calendar for a few more.  It’s not rocket science.  Sixty years ago Monday, though, he became a guy you’d want in whatever set you were producing—or buying.  The short video clip of Mays chasing down a deep fly ball off the bat of Vic Wertz in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series lives on as one of the greatest catches ever made.

While those iconic cards representing the first 12 months of his career are important, there are others that are, too, and they’re not nearly as pricey.

In no particular order, here’s a list of 5 great vintage, cheap Willie Mays baseball cards that are within reach for the average collector.  Click the title to see if any are available now on eBay.

Of course, Mays is featured on a lot of cards issued in the last 25 years, too, and he’s signed plenty for Topps.  A lot of them are nicely done like the 2003 Finest Refractors that shows ‘the catch’ or the simplicity of the 2001 Topps Golden Anniversary autograph that marks an important time in the card company’s history.  However, it’s that original cardboard that will take you back to a time when fans coast-to-coast wondered what Mays would do next.