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    1968 Topps Nolan Ryan - Mets Rookies #177 SGC Mint 9 - Only Two Higher. Like Walter Johnson and Bob Feller before him, Nolan Ryan baked the paving stones of his path to Cooperstown in a kiln of extreme heat, overpowering opposing batsmen with a fast ball that occasionally lit up the third digit of the speedometer. Nobody could have imagined the devastation that lay ahead when this unassuming piece of card stock announced the arrival of Ryan and fellow Mets ace Jerry Koosman in 1968, just a year before the most Amazin' season in franchise history. Much like facing Ryan's blazing fastball, finding this card in high grade is typically an exercise in futility, with fewer than one percent of submissions to PSA rating as high as this gorgeous example.

    Graded SGC Mint 9. The full-bleed print design is the fly in the ointment, magnifying the appearance of even the slightest edge and corner wear. Here we find no evidence thereof. Colors are bright, registration precise, and centering nearly perfect. Only two have ever graded higher.


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