Lot # 38: 1952 Topps Willie Mays #261 PSA 5.5 EX+

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Mays 1952 card is significant as a reminder of his military service. Mays’ season was interrupted in 1952 and he missed all of 1953 after being drafted during the Korean War. In all, the Giants’ centerfielder missed 266 games. Considering that mays slugged 41 homers in 1954 when he returned from military service, it’s not out the realm of possibility that military service robbed mays from becoming the second player in baseball history to reach 700 home runs. He retired with 660 roundtrippers. Many consider Mays ’52 Topps rookie card the most underappreciated card in the set. While still popular and often pricey, Mays is overshadowed by the legendary Mickey Mantle rookie card and by Eddie Mathews rookie card, which happened to be the final card in the set, making it extremely difficult to find in higher grade. Ironically, Mays was characterized without his trademark boyish smile which made him a favorite among fans and the media.

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