July 2013
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/3/2013
In case you missed our 2002 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Joe Mauer autograph rookie card in our last auction, up for grabs is another copy with nearly as strong quad Mint 9 or better subgrades. The 2009 American League MVP, Joe Mauer has accumulated a remarkable .323 average over the last 10 seasons, the highest for any active player, registering a full two points above Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, and Ichiro Suzuki. Mauer's .323 career mark is also the highest from any catcher in the history of the game, well above Mickey Cochrane, Bill Dickey, and Mike Piazza, and his .365 mark in 2009 is the highest season average by any catcher, ever. He is the only backstop to ever win three batting titles ('06, '08, and '09) and he also owns three Gold Glove awards. In short, he is the greatest hitting catcher in the history of Major League Baseball. The 2002 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor is unquestionably Mauer's scarcest and most appealing rookie card. Only 50 total copies of the gold-tinted, ultra short-printed, autographed parallel version of his standard Bowman Chrome rookie card were produced, virtually all of which have been accounted for by the hobby's leading grading companies, and the card has proven a serious challenge to realize in top grades. Combined, BGS and PSA have graded 53 total copies, meaning that a handful have been graded by both companies, with BGS awarding 6 Gem Mints and PSA just 2. A strong candidate for review or for crossover grading with PSA, the offered near-Gem boasts strong Mint 9 qualities in every category, except for corners, which received a Gem Mint 9.5, and it would make a superior addition to any advanced rookie card collection, or Hall of Fame rookie card collection, that is, as Mauer will no doubt be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,367
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Saturday, August 3, 2013.
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