Vintage Willie Mays Baseball Card Timeline: 1951-1974

Vintage Willie Mays Baseball Card Timeline: 1951-1974

1951-1959

When it comes to vintage baseball cards, there's a certain royalty among players. Willie Mays stands near the top. One of the most beloved players in the game's history, he ranks among the career leaders in several major offensive categories. Willie Mays wasn't just a great player, he made baseball more exciting.

Today, there's no shortage of Willie Mays cards. He's been featured consistently in modern releases, including autographs and memorabilia cards. But for most collectors, it's the vintage Willie Mays baseball cards that are the most iconic.

Between 1951 and 1974, Bowman and Topps combined to release 56 cards in their mainstream sets. This doesn't include the dozens of oddball, insert and premium issues that were released over the same period. You can see all of the base set Bowman and Topps Willie Mays cards by navigating the tabs above. This includes both his main cards and subset cards like All-Stars and League Leaders.

Willie Mays Baseball Cards - 1951 to 1959

Click on the card names or images to shop for specific singles on eBay.

1951 Bowman Baseball Willie Mays RC #305

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1952 Bowman Willie Mays #218

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1952 Topps Willie Mays #261

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1953 Topps Willie Mays #244

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1954 Bowman Willie Mays #89

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1954 Topps Willie Mays #90

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1955 Bowman Willie Mays #184

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1955 Topps Willie Mays #194

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1956 Topps Willie Mays #130

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1957 Topps Willie Mays #10

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1958 Topps Willie Mays #5

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1958 Topps Willie Mays #436 Rival Fence Busters with Duke Snider

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1958 Topps Willie Mays #486 All-Star

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1959 Topps Willie Mays #50

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1959 Topps Willie Mays #317 N.L. Hitting Kings with Richie Ashburn

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1959 Topps Willie Mays #464 Baseball Thrills

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1959 Topps Willie Mays #563 All-Star

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1960-1964

Willie Mays Baseball Cards - 1960 to 1964

1960 Topps Willie Mays #200

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1960 Topps Willie Mays #7 Master & Mentor with Bill Rigney

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1960 Topps Willie Mays #564 All-Star

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1961 Topps Willie Mays #150

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1961 Topps Willie Mays #41 National League Batting Leaders with Dick Groat, Norm Larker and Roberto Clemente

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1961 Topps Willie Mays #482 National League MVP

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1961 Topps Willie Mays #579 All-Star

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1962 Topps Willie Mays #300

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1962 Topps Willie Mays #18 Managers' Dream with Mickey Mantle

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1962 Topps Willie Mays #54 National League Home Run Leaders with Orlando Cepeda and Frank Robinson

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1962 Topps Willie Mays #395 All-Star

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1963 Topps Willie Mays #300

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1963 Topps Willie Mays #3 National League Home Run Leaders with Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks and Orlando Cepeda

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1963 Topps Willie Mays #138 Pride of N.L. with Stan Musial

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1964 Topps Willie Mays #150

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1964 Topps Willie Mays #9 National League Home Run Leaders with Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda

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1964 Topps Willie Mays #306 Giants Gunners with Orlando Cepeda

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1964 Topps Willie Mays #423 Tops in NL with Hank Aaron

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1965-1969

Willie Mays Baseball Cards - 1965 to 1969

1965 Topps Willie Mays #250

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1965 Topps Willie Mays #4 National League Home Run Leaders with Billy Williams, Johnny Callison, Orlando Cepeda and Jim Hart

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1965 Topps Willie Mays #6 National League RBI Leaders with Ken Boyer and Ron Santo

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1966 Topps Willie Mays #1

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1966 Topps Willie Mays #215 National League Batting Leaders with Roberto Clemente and Hank Aaron

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1966 Topps Willie Mays #217 National League Home Run Leaders with Willie McCovey and Billy Williams

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1966 Topps Willie Mays #219 National League RBI Leaders with Deron Johnson and Frank Robinson

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1967 Topps Willie Mays #200

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1967 Topps Willie Mays #191 Checklist

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1967 Topps Willie Mays #244 National League Home Run Leaders with Hank Aaron and Richie Allen

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1967 Topps Willie Mays #423 Fence Busters with Willie McCovey

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1968 Topps Willie Mays #50

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1968 Topps Willie Mays #490 Super Stars with Harmon Killebrew and Mickey Mantle

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1969 Topps Willie Mays #190

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1970-1974

Willie Mays Baseball Cards - 1970 to 1974

1970 Topps Willie Mays #600

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1971 Topps Willie Mays #600

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1972 Topps Willie Mays #49

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1972 Topps Willie Mays #50 In Action

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1973 Topps Willie Mays #305

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1973 Topps Willie Mays #1 All-Time Home Run Leaders with Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron

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1974 Topps Willie Mays #473 World Series Game 2

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

User Comments

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    The 1952 Topps and 1953 Topps of Willie Mays are my favorite cards. It’s intriguing how the ’53 Topps is such a short print and it is so hard to find anything higher than a 5 for some reason.

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