October 2019 Fall Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 11/3/2019

When sports organizations around the globe began naming their "century" awards in 1999, The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA, the governing body of soccer, named Diego Armando Maradona joint winner of its Player of the Century Award. Brazilian superstar Pelé won the most votes from FIFA officials, journalists, and coaches, but it was Diego Maradona who won the people's vote in the form of an internet poll. With their prolific scoring for both their club and country teams, active players Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have now entered the conversation of ranking the game's greatest-ever players. Regardless of whom coaches and fans think is the game's singular GOAT, however, all of these players will always be remembered among the game's all-time greats.

Proudly offered in this lot is a PSA 7 NM graded example of the profoundly scarce 1977 Crack Futbol Discs, one of the hobby's three highest-graded examples of Maradona's only "card" (or sticker, stamp, disc, pog, whatever) from his first full year as a professional with the Argentinos Juniors. The card is so scarce that soccer collectors around the world have largely agreed to accept additional cards produced in both 1978 and 1979 as Maradona rookie cards, but only the 1977 Disc #11 ranks as his true rookie. In case you haven't been paying attention to the soccer hobby, highest graded rookie cards of Pele, Ronaldo, and Messi are now valued over five-figures, so consider this one a bargain, for now.

Additionally, the card joins Oscar Gamble's 1976 Topps Traded baseball card for capturing one of the greatest afros ever depicted on cardboard. In all seriousness, it would be hard over-exaggerate the offered card's scarcity. It is one of just 17 copies ever graded by PSA, whereas SGC and BGS report another 17 combined copies on record, none of which have ever graded higher. Interestingly, the three main grading companies have yet to agree on the name of the producer/distributor of the card, but Beckett comes closest, in our opinion, naming it 1977 Crack Campeonato Metropolitano y Nacional de Futbol Round. Sounds about right to us.

Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,486
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Sunday, November 3, 2019.
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