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    1971 Topps Bert Blyleven Rookie #26 PSA Gem Mint 10--Dmitri Young Collection. For more than a decade, this Dutch-born master of the mound was best known as the most glaring omission from the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the electors finally got it right in 2011, nearly two decades after the curveball master walked off a Big League diamond for the last time as a player. Blyleven would retire more than 3,700 opposing batters on strikes during his twenty-two professional seasons, but his tally stood at just 135 at the dawn of the season this essential rookie rolled off the Topps presses.

    As any collector of this vintage is well aware, the full-bleed black borders have proven a maddening obstacle for high-grade collectors, as every tiny flaw is magnified by the feature. Twenty-eight times as many examples from the subsequent 1972 Topps Baseball white-bordered issue appear in a Gem Mint 10 slab despite a total submission count virtually the same as its older sibling.

    But somehow this gorgeous rarity beat the long odds, one of just 242 from the entire 1971 issue to earn the vaunted rating, and the only Blyleven representation. This absolutely unique condition-rarity derives from the famous collection of 2007 National League Comeback Player of the Year Dmitri Young. A true population one of one miracle!

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