1971 Topps Thurman Munson #5 PSA Mint 9 - Pop Four, None H...
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Description1971 Topps Thurman Munson #5 PSA Mint 9 - Pop Four, None Higher! Every Yankees fan remembers the late 1970's brilliance of their fallen captain--the 1976 MVP Award, and Fall Classic glory the following two seasons, but fewer recall his dazzling premiere. He'd drive in two runs and catch Al Downing's complete game shut-out in his August 8, 1969 debut before earning the starting job for 1970, when he'd top .800 in OPS and nail over half of the aspiring enemy base thieves. The 1970 American League Rookie of the Year balloting was a landslide in Munson's favor, with only one of the twenty-four electors casting his first-place vote elsewhere.
Graded PSA Mint 9. With over 3,000 submissions, just four examples have been graded MINT with none rated higher! Here we find the rookie backstop emerging from a cloud of infield dust in an issue that has bedeviled collectors since its inception. The full-bleed black borders looked gorgeous straight out of the pack, but the feature served to amplify the slightest edge or corner wear in a way that white borders generously forgive.
Guide Value or Estimate: $100,000 - up.
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