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Hottest Willie Mays Baseball Cards

The graceful stride of long ago has been replaced by the guiding hand of an aide.  We all wind up in that arena someday, if we’re lucky.  But when those legs were toned and those arms could turn a fastball into a missle…  

It’s those memories that send collectors in search of vintage Willie Mays cards on eBay or scouring the tables at a card show for more.

In his familiar number 24, Mays amazed baseball fans with dazzling catches and tape measure home runs. A career .302 hitter, Mays hit 660 home runs and drove in more than 1900 runs during his 22 year career.  He was an icon to New York Giants fans in the 1950s and San Francisco backers once the team moved west in 1958.

Mays won 12 Gold Gloves as an outfielder during his time with the Giants, tying him for the most ever with Roberto Clemente. Mays’ wizardry in the outfield, turned in a career fielding averaging of .981, to go along with 195 assists from center field.

In 1972, Mays was traded to the New York Mets, bringing his career full circle. In his last two seasons with the Mets, Mays registered as the oldest regular position player in Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, his best hitting years were behind him, although his fielding percentage was still on par with what he had produced years earlier.

His gorgeous 1951 Bowman rookie card is considered among the greatest of all post-War issues.  While Mays rookie cards can be found pretty regularly, near mint and better examples aren’t as plentiful and have been rocketing upward in step with other vintage Hall of Famers. A graded NM/MT 8 that you could have bought for under $10,000 five years ago cost one recent bidder $51,875.

Mays was a constant for Topps, once the company produced his 1952 rookie card (#261). He became fast friends with Topps executive Sy Berger, who watched him perform his magic at the Polo Grounds as the bubble gum card maker was becoming a major player in the bubble gum card business.

He regularly appeared in Topps sets from 1952-1973, both as the primary subject, on In Action and multi-player cards and, of course, on some star-packed League Leader cards during his prime.

There are several Mays’ cards that won’t break the bank, but collectors should expect to spend a more substantial amount to obtain some of the best Mays’ cards available.

Both were sensational but Mays’ Bowman rookie card has long lagged behind that of fellow 1951 rookie Mickey Mantle. Currently, Mays rookie cards in near mint (7) grades usually sell for less than half of what Mantle’s rookie cards so.  Does that mean Mays rookies are undervalued?  Quite possibly.  However, there are others to consider, too.

Here’s the list of the 25 hottest Willie Mays cards on eBay right now.

1952 Topps Set Break #261 - Willie Mays SGC 20 FAIR 1.5
22 bids - Price: $214.50 - Watchers: 47
Item #382285620251
1952 Topps Willie Mays #261 PSA 5 EX (PWCC)
17 bids - Price: $1,725.00 - Watchers: 44
Item #142590727856
1952 TOPPS BASEBALL #261 Willie Mays PSA 6 oc
14 bids - Price: $360.55 - Watchers: 39
Item #312005544318
1951 Bowman WILLIE MAYS ROOKIE #305 ... GRADED PSA 4
17 bids - Price: $1,345.00 - Watchers: 37
Item #302536721485
1960 TOPPS #200 WILLIE MAYS GIANTS PSA 8 BLAZER!
16 bids - Price: $418.00 - Watchers: 31
Item #142586467546
1968 Topps Mickey Mantle Willie Mays Killebrew SUPER STARS #490 PSA 9 MT (PWCC)
21 bids - Price: $504.00 - Watchers: 27
Item #352215251144
WILLIE MAYS 1958-63 HARTLAND BASEBALL STATUES #9 - NEW YORK GIANTS!!!
11 bids - Price: $61.00 - Watchers: 24
Item #272943458824
1953 Topps Willie Mays SHORT PRINT #244 PSA 4 VGEX (PWCC)
19 bids - Price: $172.50 - Watchers: 24
Item #142590728074
1956 Topps Willie Mays #130 Gray Back SGC 86 Nm+ 7.5 Undergraded
19 bids - Price: $445.00 - Watchers: 23
Item #222723682190
1954 TOPPS #90 WILLIE MAYS H.O.F. SGC 84/7 NM. PSA / BG.
15 bids - Price: $408.00 - Watchers: 23
Item #202114939381
1966 Topps #215 Hank Aaron Willie Mays HOF Dual Signed AUTO PSA/DNA
8 bids - Price: $53.04 - Watchers: 23
Item #362166256920
WILLIE MAYS - #244 PSA Graded VG+ 3.5 - 1953 Topps
6 bids - Price: $244.50 - Watchers: 22
Item #263293987716
1958 Topps #5 Willie Mays Graded PSA Ex 5
7 bids - Price: $57.00 - Watchers: 20
Item #112647175065
1956 Topps #130 Willie Mays New York Giants PSA 6.5 EX-MT+ GRAY BACK
21 bids - Price: $186.00 - Watchers: 19
Item #382290007346
1955 Topps WILLIE MAYS #194 PSA Graded 5 EX-Condition 'HI-END CLEAN CARD"
25 bids - Price: $231.50 - Watchers: 18
Item #202118295773
1973 Topps #305 Willie Mays New York Mets HOF PSA 8 " PACK FRESH "
8 bids - Price: $7.00 - Watchers: 18
Item #372143690558
1957 Topps #10 Willie Mays HOF New York Giants PSA 7 NM " PACK FRESH "
13 bids - Price: $67.00 - Watchers: 18
Item #372143564668
1964 Topps Willie Mays #150 PSA 8 NM-MT (PWCC)
19 bids - Price: $154.50 - Watchers: 18
Item #352215248985
⚾ 1957 Topps #10 Willie Mays; New York Giants ⚾️ HALL OF FAME
11 bids - Price: $26.00 - Watchers: 17
Item #182912209596
Willie Mays 1968 Topps #50 Braves PSA 7 NM
4 bids - Price: $51.05 - Watchers: 17
Item #322894668726
1960 Topps #200 Willie Mays San Francisco Giants HOF PSA 7 LOOKS UNDERGRADED
13 bids - Price: $78.00 - Watchers: 17
Item #382290840754
1967 Topps Willie Mays #200 PSA 8 NM-MT (PWCC)
10 bids - Price: $89.00 - Watchers: 17
Item #142590737937
2017 HITS Memorabilia Willie Mays Quad Jersey Pinstripes #5/10...VERY RARE!!!
6 bids - Price: $7.50 - Watchers: 16
Item #282738137617
WILLIE MAYS 1958-63 HARTLAND BASEBALL STATUES ORIGINAL BOX - NEW YORK GIANTS!!!
5 bids - Price: $21.50 - Watchers: 16
Item #282739512579
1953 TOPPS #244 WILLIE MAYS SGC VG 3
9 bids - Price: $152.50 - Watchers: 15
Item #122811943109