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    Only Two Gem Mint 10s on the Planet!

    1969 Topps Mickey Mantle (Yellow Letters) #500 PSA Gem Mint 10. Even the greatest athletic heroes of the Baby Boomer generation ultimately prove they were mere mortals. The 1969 edition of Topps's annual baseball promotion was to be the last I which a heart-thumping 2-1/2" x 3-1/2" piece of card stock boasting a picture of not just a man, but a demi-god guarding the outfield of Yankee stadium. Heir to the sacred ground that was once under the watchful eyes of Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio. The presented card dates to the spring of '69 which was to be the final season of Mantle's Hall of Fame career but never was. A fitting bookend opposite his 1952 card that serves as the hobby's most celebrated post-war entry. Certainly the Mick's elite skills had been dulled by hard playing and hard living after seventeen seasons, but this was still the most coveted card among young collectors that year, and it outpaces all other 1969 Topps submissions to PSA by a wide margin save for the next "Mr. October" who was making his rookie debut.

    Graded PSA Gem MT 10. Despite over 6,300 attempts, only one other example has earned encapsulation the Gem Mint 10 banner. It is a ranking befitting the pin-striped titan. The elite ranking renders needless any itemized evaluation of condition, as the color, registration, centering and state of preservation are all beyond reproach. The surrounding border that traditionally amplify the slightest signs of wear, only has fresh gloss and a layer of blinding white perfection to work with. A truly pristine specimen of the type that is energizing the hobby's enduring bull market.

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    November, 2018
    15th-16th Thursday-Friday
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