2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Willie Mays

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Willie Mays

The 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9’ sets were issued through redemption cards that were inserted into hobby boxes of the Topps 2012 flagship baseball card set.  The cards were numbered and each card represented a specific card it could be redeemed for.

These special insert cards were redeemable only through hobby shops and Topps made these cards available for redemption on a very limited basis.

The card’s design is great, and I have been a fan ever since seeing them.  The high-gloss finish is unlike any that I have seen before and I like the fact that Topps rewards the baseball card business owner with such a nice, exclusive offer.

This is the Willie Mays card from the set:



Some interesting Willie Mays Home Run facts:

  • Hit home runs in 22 ballparks; 203 at Candlestick Park
  • Highest tally off one pitcher: Warren Spahn, 18
  • Highest tall off one team: 98, Dodgers
  • Multi-HR games – 63
  • 123 in 1st inning of games
  • 365 Solo Home Runs
  • 207 tie-breaking Home Runs

2 responses to “2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Willie Mays

  1. Nice card. Spahn must have hated him. He had a lifetime .305 BA against him too. Musial hit Spahn as well, .330 in 327 plate appearances. Conversely Willie was terrible against Bob Gibson. 3 home runs, a .196 BA and 30 strikeouts in 92 at bats.

    • Hackenbush- It’s always interesting to see how the elite players fared against one another. I always smile when I see that a relatively ‘no-name’ player hit an elite pitcher well, or a pitcher was an extremely tough challenge for a great slugger…

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