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    1968 Topps Johnny Bench - Reds Rookie Stars #247 PSA Gem Mint 10. Presented is the opportunity to own the Johnny Bench card that generates the most interest from collectors and investors alike, Bench's rookie card which he shares with pitcher Ron Tompkins. As a young boy, Bench was told by his father, "Catcher is the fastest way to the big leagues because that's what they want...." So, Johnny became a catcher at age five. After a cup of coffee with the Reds in 1967, Bench made the club as the starting catcher in this 1968 season. No shrinking violet, Bench was catching Jim Maloney in a spring training game and Maloney, who had a diminished fastball, kept shaking off Bench when Johnny called for a curve. Bench said to Maloney, "Your fastball's not popping." Maloney replied with a choice expletive. So, Bench called for the heater again and caught the fastball barehanded. Point made. Bench went on to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award - the first time for a catcher, and also took the NL Golden Glove Award - the first time for a rookie.

    Graded PSA Gem Mint 10. With submissions at the 8,800 level, only fifteen have earned the Gem Mint label. Do the math and you'll find this card represents just one-fifth of one-percent of those submissions.

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