October 2009 Auction
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An eye-popping example recently graded PSA 9 MINT, the presented 1957 Topps "Teddy Ballgame" boasts an image of such extraordinary quality that we just knew it was a "lock 9" when it came to Mile High in raw form, along with a horde of several thousand 1957 Topps baseball singles from a small southern find, not a one of which could remotely hold a candle to this unusually colorful slice of perfectly preserved high-gloss cardboard. Without question, it is one of those cards that has an indisputable and perfectly self-evident "it" factor that clearly separates it from every high-grade copy of this famous 1957 Topps #1 issue we've ever had the privilege to bring to the hobby marketplace. The colors are particularly exquisite, with true life-like skin tones set against a rich and nearly immaculate, snow-free backdrop, all contained within a noticeably immaculate frame of unsullied, cream-colored borders. Perhaps even more impressive for the issue is the registration of this unusually bold image, so perfectly aligned that the enthusiast can easily perceive the classic hatching texture of Teddy's gray flannel. Incredibly, the reverse is even more immaculate than the obverse, with perfect centering and nary a spot of wax or any other glaring print imperfections. The obverse centering, on the other hand, shows a negligible inclination for the east border, well within the bounds of PSA's stipulated standards for MINT (60/40 to 65/35), and arguably one of the only non-GEM MINT features to be found on this superior specimen of the "Splendid Splinter." Both the corners and edges range from MINT to GEM MINT, with perhaps only the bottom edge and bottom right corner showing marginally imperfect features just outside the well-established standards for GEM MINT. Nearly 2,300 examples of this "Top 200" sportscard have been reviewed by PSA, and only a scant 15 examples have surfaced in MINT condition, with just a single superior in the GEM MINT category, which may or may not vaunt the same extraordinary image quality as the offered jewel. As the Editor in Chief of PSA's Sports Market Report, Joe Orlando, writes in The Top 200 Sportscards in the Hobby, "This card always seems to lack nice picture focus, gloss, and color in the photo. You will notice a big difference when [indeed, if] you find an eye-popping example. Also, the borders are commonly found with a 'dirty' appearance." Proudly offered is one of those noticeably glowing examples that presents true GEM MINT features in every one of its several, well-documented condition sensitive categories. In short, one of the single finest 1957 Topps Ted Williams examples extant.
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