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|Era:||Post-WWII (1942-1980)||Card Manufacturer:||Red Man|
|Team:||Boston Red Sox||Professional Grader:||Not Professionally Graded|
|Series:||Red Man||League:||Major League|
|Willie Mays, possibly the best all-around baseball player in the history of the game, made his Major League Baseball debut with the New York Giants in 1951. After winning the Rookie of the Year award, he spent most of 1952 and all of 1953 in the Army. Mays was one of the baseball players featured in the 1952 Red Man baseball card set. The set, which contains large, colorful cards, marked the first national issue of baseball cards by a tobacco company in decades. The 1952 set is the first of four issues that featured the 25 best players in both the American League and National League, along with the managers from the previous season's World Series. The front of the cards depicts a player or manager in a nonbatting or nonpitching close-up pose, with some pitchers in a pitching pose and some batters in a throwing or batting pose. The background of each card contains a stadium or infield backdrop, or it has a solid color. The 1952 Red Man Willie Mays #15 baseball card features Mays in a non-batting pose against a burnt orange background. It is not known who supplied the artwork, but it is believed that actual pictures were used as the basis for the attractive drawings. The front of each card in the set also contains the player’s biography, listing accomplishments from the previous season, within a white box. Mays’ card notes that he was the Rookie of the Year for the National League. The blurb goes on the state that Army-bound Mays had appeared in 35 games for Millers and had a .477 batting average when the Giants called him up. He hit .274 for the Giants, drove in 68 runs, and had 22 doubles and 20 homers. A speed demon, Mays made a sensational play against the Dodgers, making a catch in deep center and throwing the runner out at the plate. The cards were meant to be collected by adults or passed on to their children. Therefore, it is stated on the back of each card in the set that "These Baseball Cards are for Red Man 'Chewers' and Their Boys." It is also noted on the back of the card that Sporting News Editor J.G. Taylor Spink, nicknamed “Mr. Baseball,” personally selected all players in the set. Other players and managers in the set include Leo Durocher, Casey Stengel, Bob Feller, and Pee Wee Reese. Each card had a promotional tab at the bottom, and 50 tabs would earn a fan a cap that featured his favorite major league team’s logo. Mays went on to achieve career success after he was honored with inclusion in the Red Man baseball card set. Willie Mays, a 24-time Major League Baseball All-Star, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979.|
|Card Manufacturer||Red Man|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||167109114|
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