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Very few cards from the 598-count 1968 Topps set still report a "1" in the column for Gem Mint 10 on PSA's population report -- to be precise, only 41 of them. Let's face it; the set just isn't that tough compared to Topps sets from earlier in the fabled decade we remember as "the 60s." Counted among those 41 Pop 1 PSA 10s from the 1968 set, however, is one of the most famous baseball cards ever produced, card #177 featuring Mets Rookies Jerry Koosman and Nolan Ryan, which is rumored to worth as much as a quarter of a million dollars. Not too bad for a card from a set that most collectors now think is relatively easy! A few other notoriously challenging cards from the '68 set come to mind: both Roberto Clemente's regular issue and his All-Star card, Fergie Jenkins, Lou Piniella, the star studded NL RBI Leaders card with Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente and Hank Aaron, and also the obstinate NL Home Run Leaders card, featuring Hank Aaron, Jim Wynn, Ron Santo and Willie McCovey, proudly offered here, graded on behalf of our consignor by Small Traditions, for free. Apart from its unique status in the PSA 10 Gem Mint grade, the interesting thing about this card is that even PSA 9s are challenging. While every other League Leaders card in the 1968 set reports PSA Mint 9 populations in the 30s to high 80s, card #5 reports just 19 Mint 9 examples on record, which routinely sell for about $1,000 when they come to market. What the offered Gem will fetch is anyone's guess, but it sure will be fun to watch, especially for our consignor! If you've got high-grade cards from the 50s and 60s that you think might grade PSA 9 or PSA 10 but are unsure of the delicate and expensive process, call or write today, and we'll fight to ensure your treasured cards receive the grades they deserve -- especially since the difference between a card graded NM-MT 8 and Mint 9 or Mint 9 and Gem Mint 10 is usually thousands of dollars -- and we'll even do it for free. Only at Small Traditions!

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,810
Number Bids: 35
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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