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    1968 Topps Nolan Ryan - Mets Rookie Stars #177 SGC Mint+ 9.5. Like Walter Johnson before him, Nolan Ryan baked the paving stones of his path to Cooperstown in a kiln of extreme heat, overpowering opposing batsmen with a fast ball that occasionally lit up the third digit of the speedometer. Even when they knew exactly what was coming, a Major League-record 5,714 batters were sent back to the dugout shaking their heads during Ryan's twenty-seven seasons on the mound.

    "Every hitter likes fastballs just like everybody likes ice cream," fellow Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson once explained. "But you don't like it when someone's stuffing it into you by the gallon. That's how you feel when Ryan's throwing balls by you." Nobody could have imagined the devastation that lay ahead when this unassuming card announced the arrival of Ryan and fellow Mets ace Jerry Koosman in 1968, just a year before the most Amazin' season in franchise history.

    Only a trio of specimens have risen higher in the SGC population rankings than the offered card. It is the only card confirmed to have achieved Mint-plus status. The full-bleed format of this issue makes the upper rungs of the population ladder a veritable ghost town. One of the finest tributes to a man holding one of the most untouchable career records in American sports.


    Guide Value or Estimate: $30,000 - up.

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