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1968 Topps Nolan Ryan - Mets Rookie Stars #177 PSA Gem Mint 10. The biggest hobby story of 2016 is the surging market for elite rookie cards, a market at which Heritage finds itself proudly leading. In the first half of 2016, we have established new high-water marks for the Mantle and Mays rookies of the 1952 Topps issue at their respective grades, and the 1955 Topps Clemente at any level. It's a raging bull market we attribute to a flood of new money in the game, a factor that we expect will propel pricing superlatives for years to come.

Those who share our optimistic outlook would be well-advised to strongly consider the offered lot, a relic as singularly unique as the man whose debut it heralds. Much like Ryan's position in career rankings for strikeouts and no-hitters, this 177th card from the 1968 Topps issue stands alone atop the PSA population report, the only example from more than 8,000 submissions to achieve the grading service's highest assessment.

The full-bleed borderless design has established the 1968 Topps Baseball issue as one of the most challenging for collectors intent upon perfection, as any evidence of wear has nowhere to hide. But condition alone won't garner the rarest PSA grade, and this one supplies the flawless color, registration, gloss and centering required. Like the man it honors, it's a relic without equal.

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Auction Info

Auction Dates
August, 2016
27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
Internet/Mail Bids: 13
Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
Page Views: 24,607

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

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