Willie Mays Baseball Card – Top 3 Cards, Checklist, and Investment Advice

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Willie Mays baseball card

Willie Mays Baseball Cards For Sale on eBay

Willie Mays is a decorated former center fielder who spent the majority of his career with the New York/San Francisco Giants. As well as being a 24-time All-Star, Mays won two NL MVP awards and was a World Series champion in 1954.

Willie Mays Rookie Season Stats: 121 games | .274 avg. | 20 HR | 7 SB | 68 RBIs

A legend in the sport, Willie Mays has some of the most valuable cards in the hobby. Here’s everything you need to know about the best Willie Mays baseball cards (three top options), checklist, and an investment outlook for the near future.

The Best Willie Mays Baseball Cards

We’ve looked at recent auction data to bring you a list with three of the very best Willie Mays baseball cards.

 

1952 Willie Mays Topps #261 (buy on eBay)

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Part of the stellar 1952 Topps set that helped to modernize the hobby, Mays’ card is one of the rarer options you’ll find. Released with the fifth 1952 Topps set (251-310), cards from the “semi-high” series are rarer than those that came before, though slightly more plentiful than the likes of Mickey Mantle.

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As it’s over half a century old, cards will typically suffer from poor centering, which lowers the average grade to some extent. It might not be his official rookie (which came a year earlier), but it’s his first Topps option, making it a coveted card for collectors.

1954 Willie Mays Bowman #89 (buy on eBay)

1954 willie mays baseball card

Released a few seasons later in 1954, this Bowman card is from the same year Mays won a World Series ring after returning to the Giants. He won the NL MVP award along with the Hickok Belt in 1954, adding further value.

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The 1954 Bowman card features Mays in an iconic image, shedding off his tough persona with a smile as he poses for an image with a bat in hand. PSA 8’s and above are what you should be looking for, as there are over 2,000 graded copies available.

 

1956 Willie Mays Topps #130 (buy on eBay)

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The final card to make the list, his 1956 Topps has a landscape design and is relatively affordable due to the increased population of cards still available. (It’s estimated that there are roughly 5,000 graded copies on the market.)

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As well as a large image of Mays, there’s an illustration of him making it to a base on the right-hand side. It’s great if you’re looking to grab a piece of sporting history, matching the nostalgia of the others discussed in the list thanks to a strong design. There are two different versions, coming in the form of either gray back or white back. The white-backed version is the rarer of the two.

 

Willie Mays Baseball Card Worth/Value?

The value of Willie Mays baseball cards is priced accurately with no major spikes (up or down) in the foreseeable future.

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Complete Willie Mays Baseball Card Checklist 

We’ve prepared a complete list of Willie Mays baseball cards, spanning over 50 years. From the first Bowman and Topps offerings, to Heritage versions from the 2000’s, here it is in full:

  • 1951 Bowman #305 (Rookie Card) 
  • 1952 Bowman #218 
  • 1952 Topps #261 
  • 1953 Topps #244 
  • 1954 Bowman #89 
  • 1954 Topps #90 
  • 1955 Bowman #184 
  • 1955 Topps #194 
  • 1956 Topps #130 
  • 1956 Topps Pins
  • 1957 Topps #10 
  • 1958 Topps #436 (Rival Fence Busters) 
  • 1958 Topps #486 
  • 1958 Topps #5 
  • 1958 Packard-Bell 
  • 1959 Bazooka #15 
  • 1959 Topps #317
  • 1959 Topps #464 (Mays’ Catch Makes Series History) 
  • 1959 Topps #50 
  • 1959 Topps #563 (All-Star) 1960 Bazooka #13
  • 1960 Topps #200 
  • 1960 Topps Tattoos #34
  • 1960 Topps #564 (All-Star) 
  • 1960 Topps #7 (Master & Mentor) 
  • 1960 Topps Tattoos #93 (Autographed Ball) 
  • 1960 MacGregor Sporting Goods 
  • 1961 Post Cereal – Hand Cut / Box #145 
  • 1961 Post Cereal – Perforated / Company #145 
  • 1961 Topps #150 
  • 1961 Bazooka #23 
  • 1961 Topps #41 (NL 1960 Batting Leaders) 
  • 1961 Topps #482 
  • 1961 Topps #579 
  • 1962 Topps #18 (Managers’ Dream) 
  • 1962 Topps #300 1962 Bazooka #38 
  • 1962 Topps #395 (All-Star Card) 
  • 1962 Topps #54 (1961 NL Home Run Leaders) 
  • 1963 Bazooka #12 
  • 1963 Topps #138 
  • 1963 Topps #3 (1962 NL Home Run Leaders) 
  • 1963 Topps #300 1963 Fleer #5 
  • 1964 Bazooka #12 
  • 1964 Topps #150 
  • 1964 Topps #306 (Giant Gunners) 
  • 1964 Topps #423 (Tops in NL) 
  • 1964 Topps #9 (1963 NL Home Run Leaders) 
  • 1965 Bazooka #12 
  • 1965 Topps #250 
  • 1965 Topps #4 (NL Home Run Leaders) 
  • 1965 Topps #6 (NL RBI Leaders) 
  • 1965 MacGregor Sporting Goods 
  • 1966 Topps #1 1966 Bazooka #16 
  • 1966 Topps #215 (NL 1965 Batting Leaders) 
  • 1966 Topps #217 (NL 1965 Home Run Leaders) 
  • 1966 Topps #219 (NL 1965 RBI Leaders) 
  • 1967 Bazooka #16 
  • 1967 Topps #191 (Checklist Card) 
  • 1967 Topps #200 
  • 1967 Topps #244 (NL Home Run Leaders) 
  • 1967 Topps #250 
  • 1967 Topps #423 (Fence Busters) 
  • 1968 Bazooka #14 
  • 1968 Topps #490 (Super Stars) 
  • 1968 Topps #50 
  • 1969 O-Pee-Chee Deckle #16 
  • 1969 Topps #190 
  • 1970 Kellogg’s #12 
  • 1970 Topps #600 
  • 1971 Kellogg’s #10 
  • 1971 Bazooka #47 
  • 1971 Topps #600 
  • 1972 Topps #49 
  • 1972 O-Pee-Chee #49 
  • 1972 Topps #50 
  • 1972 O-Pee-Chee #50 1972 Kellogg’s #54 
  • 1973 Topps Candy Lids 
  • 1977 TCMA Renata Galasso (1977-1984, Galasso Greats) #245 
  • 1977 TCMA Renata Galasso (1977-1984, Galasso Greats) #8 
  • 1980 Laughlin 300/400/500 #10 
  • 1981 TCMA 1962 San Francisco Giants #8 
  • 1982 Cracker Jack #13 
  • 1982 TCMA Greatest Sluggers #43 
  • 1982 TCMA Greatest Hitters #6 
  • 1982 Kmart Most Valuable Players #8 
  • 1984 O’Connell & Son Ink Series 1 #20 
  • 1985 Woolworth #26 
  • 1986 Topps #403 (Turn Back the Clock) 
  • 1986 Sportflics Rookies #46 
  • 1986 Sportflics Decade Greats #50 
  • 1987 O’Connell & Son Ink Series 4 #131 
  • 1987 Kmart Baseball’s Stars of the Decades #8 
  • 1987 Hygrade Baseball’s All-Time Greats 
  • 1988 O’Connell & Son Ink Series 5 #165 
  • 1988 Pacific Legends #24 
  • 1988 Michael Paraskevas #7 
  • 1989 Bowman Tiffany Inserts 
  • 1989 Bowman Inserts 
  • 1990 Score: The MVPs #24 
  • 1991 Swell Baseball Greats #106 
  • 1991 O’Connell & Son Ink Series 7 #216 
  • 1991 Topps Archives #244 1991 Wiz Mets #255 
  • 1992 Action Packed All-Star Gallery (24k Gold Inserts) #14 
  • 1992 Action Packed All-Star Gallery Series 1 #14 
  • 1992 Action Packed Promos 
  • 1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #137 
  • 1993 Action Packed Amoco / Coke #14 
  • 1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #149 
  • 1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #150 
  • 1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #151 
  • 1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #163 
  • 1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #163 
  • 1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #91 
  • 1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #10 
  • 1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #117 
  • 1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #150 
  • 1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #166 
  • 1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #17 
  • 1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes #24 
  • 2004 Topps Heritage Flashbacks #F5 
  • 2004 Topps Chrome Handle With Care #HCR-WM 
  • 2004 Topps Heritage Then and Now #TN1 
  • 2004 Topps Heritage Real One Autograph #WM 
  • 2004 Topps Heritage Grandstand Glory #WM 
  • 2004 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection Autograph #WM 
  • 2004 Topps Bazooka One-Liners #WM 
  • 2004 Topps Heritage Clubhouse Collection #WM 
  • 2004 Topps World Series Highlights Autographs Series 1 #WS-WM 
  • 2004 Topps World Series Highlights Series 1 #WS-WM

 

Willie Mays Baseball Cards Investment Outlook 

Mays’ name holds a lot of weight for baseball card collectors, with a number of high-rated options from the 1950s and ’60s. It makes sense considering he’s arguably the greatest center fielder in Major League Baseball history.

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From an investment perspective, it’s clear that you should be looking for older cards if you want the best potential ROI. Few will match the value of his RC from 1951 or the 1952 Topps, but other undervalued options have the most potential to keep increasing in value as Mays enters his 90th year.

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