August 2018 Summer Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/1/2018
Few athletes have excelled at their sport the way Barry Bonds did at baseball. Even his most strident critics—not that Barry cared what they thought!—would concede that Bonds was, for all his human faults, one of the game's all-time greats. "Barry is the reincarnation of Ted Williams—with more power," exclaimed Felipe Alou, who managed Bonds for four seasons in San Francisco. Despite playing in an era known for inflated statistics, Bonds stood head and shoulders above his peers in most important offensive categories. He is the first man since the Great Bambino himself to simultaneously hold the sport's record for most career and single season home runs, a feat he accomplished when he surpassed Hank Aaron's 755 on August 7, 2007. Of all of the seven-time NL MVP's impressive stats, however, this one might be the most eye-popping of all: Bonds drew 688 intentional walks during his career, the most ever. That is 86 more than the combined IBBs of the second and third place hitters on the all-time list. Incredible!

What then is Barry Bonds's key rookie card? This question is still not settled for collectors, as some hobbyists choose his 1986 Fleer Update #14, while others are in the camp of his 1986 Topps Traded #11. There is one Bonds RC, however, which is considered the crown jewel of them all: his 1986 Topps Traded Tiffany issue, a high-end glossy parallel of the aforementioned Topps Traded #11. Only 5,000 of these exclusive boxed sets were produced for '86, which equaled the lowest announced production of any of the Tiffany or Tiffany Traded sets (1984-91). Though that number might sound large to the new generation of collectors, it was a microscopic print run for its era. Sports cards were big business in the 1980s, and the major manufacturers including Donruss, Topps, Score, and Fleer kept the presses rolling. Even cards deemed limited in the market, such as the 1989 Upper Deck set, were produced in massive quantities. Griffey's iconic '89 Upper Deck #1 rookie has seen over 100,000 copies graded, and that figure doesn't include the many hundreds of thousands more out there that have not been submitted for authentication. The answer is more than clear: the key Bonds rookie card is the 1986 Topps Traded Tiffany card #11, a gorgeous example of which is offered in this lot in the exalted graded of BGS 9.5 Gem Mint.

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Minimum Bid: $500
Final prices include buyers premium: $610
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Saturday, September 1, 2018.
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