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    The greatest rookie card of the sport's greatest catcher!

    1968 Topps Johnny Bench - Reds Rookies #247 PSA Gem Mint 10. Number sixteen on The Sporting News' list of Baseball's Greatest Players, Bench further distinguished himself as the top vote-getter at the catcher's position, topping even the great Josh Gibson for the honor. He'd claim the National League Rookie of the Year Award the season this trading card rolled off the Topps presses, trailing only fellow future Hall of Famer Tony Perez in runs batted in among his Reds compatriots while gunning down nearly half of aspiring base thieves to earn his first of ten consecutive Gold Glove Awards.

    Like the legend it commemorates, this trading card is as good as it gets, earning the rare and coveted Gem Mint 10 assessment from the meticulous graders at PSA. Veteran collectors are well aware that the 1968 Topps issue presents a particularly unique challenge for elite ratings due to its full-bleed printing style that magnifies any hint of edge and corner wear. Here we find no such troubles, just an unyielding fidelity to perfection. In nearly 9,000 submissions, only fifteen have earned a Gem Mint rating.

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    February, 2021
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
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