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    1968 Topps Mickey Mantle #280 PSA Gem Mint 10. Though the greatest athletic hero of the Baby Boomer generation would appear once more, in the 1969 edition of Topps Baseball, the presented card dates to the final season of Mantle's Hall of Fame career, a fitting bookend to the 1952 rookie 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 1968 Topps submissions to PSA by a wide margin.

    Graded PSA Gem MT 10. Yet despite over 8,500 attempts, only seven other examples have earned encapsulation beneath a Gem Mint 10 banner. The elite ranking renders needless any itemized evaluation of condition, as the color, registration, centering and state of preservation are all beyond reproach. The full-bleed border style, amplifying the slightest signs of wear, has made the 1968 Topps issue a maddening challenge for high-grade collectors, but the offered card bucks tradition in most welcome fashion. A truly pristine specimen of the type that is energizing the hobby's enduring bull market.

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