Published Set: The Month of Mae Collection
Post-WWII (1948-current) Hall of Fame Rookie Card Collection owned and curated by PSA member Zachary Gutin of Los Angeles, CA. ABOUT THE COLLECTION... The name of the collection is inspired by the middle name of my maternal grandmother, Rita Mae Bosworth. My grandparents instilled a love of baseball in our family and the card hobby shows she took me to as a young boy fueled my early interest in collecting. Mae is now also the middle name of my daughter, who attended her first baseball card show with me in 2018 at the age of 2. PERSONAL FAVORITES... In general I love the multi player rookie cards because having to share the card with another player is an example of the diminished spotlight given to rookies who, ironically in the case of these cards, will eventually become Hall of Fame legends. When I was 11 years old my grandmother bought me a 1982 Cal Ripken Jr Rookie card and my obsession with rookie cards was born. The PSA 9 in this collection is not that exact card, but I do still have it, it’s a PSA 4. My 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card was a gift from my wife which reignited my interest in the hobby as an adult, it had been the card I could never afford as a kid. Other favorites include the 1978 Topps Alan Trammell/Paul Molitor rookie card because it’s the only one with two Hall of Famers on one rookie card. It’s likely the only example to ever occur as multi-player rookie cards have long faded from the hobby. As a Jewish person, I’m proud to own a 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax rookie card, arguably the greatest Jewish MLB player of all time. My 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie Card is the most valuable card in my collection.
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