Willie Mays is an iconic baseball player. I don't have to tell you that. But let's run through some quick stats.
24 x All-Star, 12 x Gold Glove winner, 2 NL MVP, 1979 Hall of Fame, and a World Series Champion.
Not to mention he hit 660 home runs.
As of this writing, Mays is 89 years old and of course has stopped signing autographs. Very few authentic autographs remain.
So we know Mays is a great player and an autograph that needs to be in our collection.
What do we get signed?
1st, let's talk authentication. Authenticity when it comes to autographs is paramount.
When shopping for your Willie Mays autograph you may notice items that have this "SAY HEY" hologram on there.
Sounds legit right? It is Willie Mays' personal authenticity hologram. Has to be real!
Slow down there. Many of these holograms have been copied and the autographs are not real in my opinion. Who sells an authentic Willie Mays signed photo for $50? That should be your big red flag right there.
Do yourself a favor and stay away from autographs with the Say Hey hologram.
My suggestion is to buy items without the Say Hey hologram (not with, but without), that are authenticated by JSA, PSA/DNA, or Beckett Authentication (BAS), preferably recently.
One other thing to note, but the Mays style autograph that has a ton of "flair" to it. Meaning it isn't short and block style like those Mays Say Hey hologram items. Should have a nice big W and a big M with lots of movement and no consistency.
Now that we got that out of the way, what should you get?
Stick to autographed baseballs. This is the most popular item among baseball collectors, tend to be rather inexpensive, and do not take up much space. Very easy to display.
"The Catch" photo is probably Mays' most popular item to get signed, but 99% of these have that Say Hey hologram. Last I checked a legit one of these had a $400 asking price.
Don't sleep on the other high quality photos of Mays either. There are iconic images with Mickey Mantle and other Hall of Fame players available.
Bats and jerseys are also highly sought after but carry a hefty price tag ($1500 + for jerseys). If getting a jersey, be sure it is an officially licensed one. No point in getting one of baseball's best players on a cheap custom jersey.
If you have questions on Mays feel free to reach out.
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