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    1958 Topps Roger Maris #47 PSA Mint 9. Tendered is the rookie card of Roger Maris, the man who broke Babe Ruth's single season home run record of 60. Maris was far from just a homer hitting specialist. The right fielder had good speed. He had a gun for an arm, and he could field. He was a very good, fundamentally sound player who, for a variety of reasons, had one out-of-this-world home run season. Maris first reached the majors with the Cleveland Indians in '57 and then was traded to Kansas City part way through the next season. The Yankees had an un-official working relationship with Kansa City so the Yankees obtained Maris for the 1960 season, the rest as they is history.

    The '61 season, saw the AL expand to ten teams, so the league's pitching was thinned, and Maris had a perfect swing for the short porch in Yankee Stadium. Plus, Roger had Mickey Mantle batting behind him. In mid-season, Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick ruled that if Maris or Mantle did not break Ruth's record in 154 games, the standard length of a season before expansion and 162 games, the record would have an asterisk. Mickey Mantle and Maris were in a neck-and-neck race to break Ruth's Mark, but Mantle missed games with an infection. Maris did hit his 61st homer in the season's final game. The asterisk never appeared. Maris won the MVP again in '61. Remember, Maris hit his 61 before the Steroid Era. Graded PSA Mint 9. Almost 99.5% of the now over 5,000 PSA submissions rate lower then our offered gem. There are non graded higher.

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