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1958 Hires Root Beer (Test) Willie Mays with TabSGC 20

Lot Number 40

Quantity: Bid Starts: 03/16/2011 12:00:00 
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The anchor of the popular 1958 Hires Root Beer (Test) issue is undoubtedly the Willie Mays specimen. As one of the toughest regional renderings of Mays during his early years with the San Francisco Giants, the elusive offering has escaped the grasp of many advanced collectors. Graded 20 Fair 1.5 by SGC, the offered 1958 Hires Root Beer (Test) Willie Mays with tab is one of the only known with the advertising portion intact. Of the seven total Mays copies judged by SGC, there is no distinction made between those examples which have the tabs or not. Regardless, this benchmark still presents incredibly well for the technical assessment. A minimal tear between the W and I of the sluggers given name along with a surface contusion along the left edge are the only serious flaws. The vibrant orange hues conceal multiple creases and cardboard bowing. Slight stress along the tab perforation resulting in moderate separation is also evident. The advertising reverse is clean aside from minimal discoloration. Despite those imperfections, the winning bidder will be well pleased with this premier Mays acquisition.

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