Saturday, June 22, 2024


Today on the blog I post up my special mini Willie Mays card, from my "Gum Pack" custom set released a few months ago on a whim, in fun gum pack packaging:

When adding Mays to the checklist for this set, I thought it'd be fun to have him as a New York Met for a change, and I'm glad I did, having the colors pop off this little gem of a card.
Mays capped off a tremendous career following the 1973 season, finishing up with the Mets in which he got to appear in his first World Series since 1962.
As a matter of fact, Mays actually did appear in the 1974 set, on card #473 which highlighted Game #2 of the series where the Mets won 10-7.
Anyway, not much to get into about arguably the best all-around player in baseball history. 3000+ hits, 660 homers, 1900+ R.B.I.'s., 1951 Rookie of the Year and N.L. M.V.P. in 1954 and 1965. But he was much more than just stats. He was the "Say Hey Kid".
By the time the 1970's hit, he was a walking legend of the sport, and being enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979 was the cherry on top of it all.
Greatest living ballplayer by a country mile!



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