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    1975 Topps Jim Rice - 1975 Rookie Outfielders #616 PSA Gem Mint 10 - Pop Seven. Here is the rookie card of Hall of Famer Jim Rice, a left-fielder who played his entire 16-year career (1974-1989) with the Boston Red Sox. Only a dozen players in baseball history have topped him in both lifetime home runs and career average, as Rice batted a career .298 and bashed 382 homers. Rice was an 8-time All-Star, an 8-time AL RBI leader, a 7-time .300 hitter, and a 3-time AL home run champ. He had his best season in 1978 when he won the MVP and nearly won the Triple Crown, leading the league in homers (46), RBI (139), and finishing third in batting average at .315. In addition, Rice and Ty Cobb are the only players to have ever led the AL in total bases three years in a row. While not fast, Rice knew how to play the angles on balls ricocheting off Fenway's Green Monster, and he had a strong arm. So, why wasn't he elected to the Hall of Fame sooner? He did not have a good relationship with the press in his playing days and many of the baseball writers in his time were still voting in Hall of Fame elections. Another reason is that Rice played before baseball's so-called Steroid Era, and Rice's power numbers paled against those compiled in the Steroid Era. It's thought HOF voters finally realized that it was fairer to compare Rice against players of his time. Also on the card are Dave Augustine, Pepé Mangual, and John Scott, but the card's identity is as the Jim Rice rookie card - perhaps an undervalued opportunity to add this Hall of Fame slugger to your collection. Graded PSA Gem Mint 10. One of only seven graded GEM MINT from a total population starting to approach 3,000 submissions.

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