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Signed 1952 Topps Willie Mays, rare vintage cards highlight REA auction

An autographed 1952 Topps Willie Mays card highlights the January auction at Robert Edward Auctions.

While the iconic 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card has dominated headlines in the last year, the 1952 Topps Willie Mays card also maintains strong value.

Even a low-grade ’52 Mays can sell for thousands of dollars, especially if it’s autographed by the baseball legend and Hall of Famer who turns 92 this year.

Robert Edward Auctions has a 1952 Topps #261 Willie Mays card, graded PSA Fair 1.5, in its January Encore Auction. The Mays autograph on the card is graded NM 7.

Autographed 1952 Topps Willie Mays card.

Autographed 1952 Topps Willie Mays card.

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REA’s January auction, which opened Thursday and runs through Jan. 22, features more than 3,000 items ranging from rare trading cards to signed memorabilia dating back to the 19th century.

“We’re coming off one of the most substantial years of growth the trading card and memorabilia industry has ever seen,” REA President Brian Dwyer said. “The major grading companies graded almost 15 million items last year, including about 9.5 million sports cards … . There’s a very positive outlook for our hobby in 2023, and REA is kicking off the New Year with a fantastic assortment of items across both sports and non-sports.”

Other auction highlights include:

• A 1998 Upper Deck SP Authentic Football #14 Peyton Manning Rookie PSA GEM MINT 10.

1998 Upper Deck SP Authentic Football  Peyton Manning Rookie card.

1998 Upper Deck SP Authentic Football Peyton Manning Rookie card.

• 1911 T3 Turkey Red #99 Walter Johnson SGC VG/EX+ 4.5 (advertising back).

1911 T3 Turkey Red #99 Walter Johnson card.

1911 T3 Turkey Red #99 Walter Johnson card.

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• 1986-1987 Fleer Basketball #57 Michael Jordan Rookie PSA MINT 9.

• 1909-1911 T206 White Border Ty Cobb Portrait Red Background SGC VG 3 (Sovereign 350 back).

• 1909-1911 T206 White Border Eddie Cicotte PSA NM-MT 8.

• 1909-1911 T206 White Border Christy Mathewson Dark Cap SGC EX 5.

• 1920 Grover Alexander endorsed Chicago Cubs payroll check — PSA/DNA.

1920 Grover Alexander endorsed Chicago Cubs payroll check.

1920 Grover Alexander endorsed Chicago Cubs payroll check.

• 1922 E120 American Caramel Babe Ruth card.

1922 E120 American Caramel Babe Ruth card.

1922 E120 American Caramel Babe Ruth card.

• 1980-1981 Topps Basketball Larry Bird/Magic Johnson Rookie PSA NM-MT 8.

1980-1981 Topps Basketball Larry Bird/Magic Johnson Rookie card.

1980-1981 Topps Basketball Larry Bird/Magic Johnson Rookie card.

• 1981 Topps Football unopened cello box (24 Packs), BBCE ( Joe Montana rookie year)

1981 Topps Football unopened cello box.

1981 Topps Football unopened cello box.

REA’s January auction also includes more than 250 unopened boxes dating back to 1960.