Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
The 16-card 1969 Mets Team issue was available exclusively at Shea Stadium souvenir shops during the miraculous season that witnessed the Amazin's turn 190 combined losses over the previous two seasons into 100 wins and a World Series championship in 1969. The approximately 5" x 7" black and white photos are printed on a thin newspaper stock, which like many of the team issues and Jay Publishing photos throughout this auction makes them extremely susceptible to dents, tears, corner bumps, stains, toning, tape marks, pinholes, and virtually any other imperfection you can imagine inflicting on a half-century old slice of newspaper. Considering what the Mets accomplished in 1969, however, there isn't much information available regarding their manufacture and possible further distribution, nor for that matter does there appear to be very many copies of the cards themselves in circulation.
What we do know is that the offered example of Nolan Ryan is the first copy to ever grade PSA 10 Gem Mint. We also know that one of the two existing PSA 9s of the same card sold for $1,713.38 in an eBay auction back in 2013. Given that Ryan's 1969 Topps baseball card sells for about $4,000 in PSA 9 condition, and recognizing that this item is far scarcer, we think this was a pretty good deal for the buyer. In total, only 12 copies of the 1969 Mets Team Issue Nolan Ryan have ever surfaced at PSA, while 5,191 copies of his second-year 1969 Topps card have been graded. Only two of those iconic Topps cards have ever realized PSA 10, which both sold four years ago, one for about $16,000 and the other for $20,000. Unfortunately for their sellers at the time, these transactions occurred just before the recent baseball card boom, which has seen prices for key cards increase ten to even twenty times over the last four years. Ryan's rookie card from the previous year of 1968, for example, could be purchased in 2012-2013 in PSA 9 condition for about $5,000. Last year, however, several copies sold in excess of $50,000. Then, of course, there was the record-shattering sale of the hobby's first and only PSA 10, which fetched a jaw-dropping $612,360 in a Heritage auction last summer.
The offered 1969 Mets Team Issue PSA 10 might not carry the same weight as PSA 10 examples of Ryan's 1968 and 1969 Topps cards on PSA's Nolan Ryan Master Set Registry, and it might not make headlines like the sale of the PSA 10 rookie card, but we're certain it is destined for a world class collection, where it will look right at home alongside any of these other PSA 10s, if not slightly more prominent due to its awesome size and refreshing unfamiliarity.
1969 New York Mets Team Issue Nolan Ryan PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1
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