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1953-1954 Briggs Meats Willie Mays
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $8,225
Extraordinary high-grade example of 1953-54 Briggs Meats Willie Mays. This is one of the rarest of all Mays cards to find in any condition, let alone in high grade. Briggs Meats were regionally issued in the Washington, D.C., area, in two-card panels (one two-card panel per package of hot dogs). They are usually found with serious condition problems relating to their method of issue, including creases and hot dog stains. The 40-card set features a dozen stars from all three New York teams and twenty-eight players from the Washington Senators. This is an exceptionally high grade Briggs Meats of Willie Mays, one of the key cards to the set. The Willie Mays card from this set is all the more significant, not just as one of the key stars in the set, but as one of the rarest of all Willie Mays cards. Briggs Meats cards were intended to be cut by hand from the two-card panels. With reference to professional grading, if a sliver of the orange border from the panel surrounding the card (which in fact is not a part of the card) is not showing around the entire perimeter, it is automatically assigned an "Authentic" label by SGC, as opposed to a numerical grade. This card has a sliver of orange border almost, but not entirely, around the perimeter (much better than most Briggs cards, which so often have no orange border showing at all). It is otherwise in Excellent condition. This is an exceptional example of one of the keys of all 1950s regional issues, and one of the most highly prized of all Mays cards. From the Charlie Conlon Collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $8,225
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