Willie Mays is Topps’ first Prime 9 player of 2012

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

You can “Say Hey” to this year’s HTA Prime 9 cards beginning today as Topps has announced the first player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

It’s “The Say Hey Kid” Willie Mays.

All collectors who found a Week 1 redemption card in their 2012 Topps packs (two per hobby or HTA Jumbo box) can exchange their cards for the Mays  Chrome Refractor card seen here at a participating hobby shop.

Topps will announce the remaining nine Home Run Legends each Friday for the next eight weeks.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


  1. Erik P
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    My hobby shop posted that Hank Aaron is the card to be passed out this week so which one is accurate?

  2. chrisolds
    Posted February 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    This is what Topps announced … and I heard one other shop had been told differently, too.

  3. Phil
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    I will be selling my un-used cards, as Topps will not redeem them, and I have no hobby shop in my area…sigh.

  4. Mike M
    Posted February 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Hank Aaron is #1 – received the card today. Also shop had received #2 Ruth, #3 Mays, #4 Reggie Jackson and # 6 Mantle. No’s 5, 7, 8 & 9 not known/received.

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