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    1956 Topps Ted Williams (White Back) #5 PSA Mint 9 - Only One Higher. The greatest player ever to provide the entirety of his Hall of Fame service to the Boston Red Sox maintained an uneasy relationship with the press and fans, believing the former to be unfairly aligned against him and the latter fickle and unforgiving, quick to cast aspersions at any miscue. He was feeling particularly surly as he came to the plate in a scoreless home game on July 17, 1956 to face Kansas City Athletics pitcher Tom Gorman.

    So when the crowd that had jeered him, despite all he'd done in fifteen seasons, rose to their feet to cheer as his solo shot cleared the outfield wall to record his 400th homer and score what would prove to be the game's only run, he only felt his blood boil more. As he crossed home plate, he glared up at the press box and let a jet of spit fly. For the transgression, and two more in an incident a couple weeks later, the American League fined Williams $5,000, a figure that would have been the largest monetary penalty ever levied against a ballplayer, had he ever paid it.

    This is the card that kids were trading that season when The Kid fought back, but clearly this one never felt the touch of juvenile hands. Six and a half decades after it rolled off the printing presses, this beauty hasn't aged a day, featuring sharp corners, clean surfaces and terrific centering. Only a single submission to PSA has ever graded higher.

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