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Both graded PSA 10 Gem Mint. Offered in one power-packed lot are two of Nolan Ryan's most difficult cards from 1986 to encounter in the grade of PSA 10 Gem Mint. Not only will the winning bidder score a pristine copy of Nolan's 1986 Topps card, once valued at well over $1,000 and now selling in the $400 range, but he or she will also receive Nolan's 1986 O-Pee-Chee in PSA 10 condition, which is nearly identical to the the classic Topps issue except for the iconic O-Pee-Chee logo in the top right corner and also for the fact that it's about a hundred times scarcer and more difficult to grade in anything approaching mint or better condition. Accurately centered examples of the O-Pee-Chee card are nearly non-existent, and both issues are notoriously plagued with print defects as well as chipping issues in their sensitive black-borders, very much like the condition-challenged 1971 Topps set. Only two other O-Pee-Chees have ever achieved the pinnacle evaluation from PSA, one of which we sold to a private collector last summer for $1,000, and the Topps card now reports a population of 39 in the PSA 10 grade from 1,044 submissions. The only pitcher to ever strike out the side with 9 straight pitches in both the American and National Leagues, Ryan is also the only player (except for Jackie Robinson) to have his number retired by three different teams. Not surprisingly, his collectibles are among the most coveted in the entire hobby, and offered here are two of the best. With a gaze as hard and stoic as a Roman emperor carved in stone, few cards better capture the essence of "The Nolan Ryan Express."  

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,173
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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