Lot # 23: 1957 Topps #138 Johnny Unitas Rookie PSA 9 MINT

Category: Football

Starting Bid: $25,000.00

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Item was in Auction "Sizzling Summer Rarities Auction 2019",
which ran from 7/24/2019 11:00 AM to
8/10/2019 7:00 PM

(LOT 23)
1957 Topps #138 Johnny Unitas Rookie PSA 9 MINT

For years, the incomparable Baltimore Colts Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas was considered the uncontested owner of the title "greatest quarterback ever". This honor was bestowed upon him primarily due to his countless passing records including most lifetime touchdowns and passing yardage. While more recent stars such as Marino, Farve, Montana, Brady and Manning (to mention a few) have eclipsed many of his single season and lifetime passing records, many historians still regard Unitas as one of the foremost quarterbacks ever, largely in part to his unparalleled leadership ability. Therefore, it comes as little surprise that "Gridiron" collectors continue to painstakingly pursue his hallowed 1957 Topps rookie card in high-grade condition.

With that in mind, presented here is the iconic 1957 Johnny Unitas rookie card in a breathtaking PSA Mint 9 holder. Currently, of the 3,200+ PSA encapsulated copies, only 7 others exist at this tier with NONE graded higher than this momentous offering that shares the hallowed prestige as the highest graded Unitas rookie card on the planet! Advanced Football PSA Set Registry collectors can begin standing in line for only a handful of football cards in mint condition can be considered as sanctified as this miraculous museum worthy gem. Three of its highest recorded sales easily substantiate that notion with PSA "Mint 9" gems previously fetching the staggering sums of $144K, $151K and a record $167K! That in itself irrefutably places the 'Mint 9" Unitas rookie as one of the hobby's most significant cardboard gems along with other iconic rookie cards such as the Nagurski, Brown, Namath and several Brady inaugural issues.

The dual image representation of the legendary quarterback is un-improvable, with both poses set against immaculate-like orange and green hued backgrounds. The classic illustration exhibits near-perfect centering between four absolutely blinding white borders, and both surfaces are virtually flawless, with all technical qualities consistent with a "pack fresh" card. With no other PSA Unitas rookies graded higher, and only seven other copies existing at this majestic plateau, this brilliant offering suffices as a seldom-surfacing opportunity to add this crowned-jewel to your esteemed collection. Synonymous with his arguable standing as one of Pro-Football's all-time signal callers is this miraculous "best of the best" Unitas memento that shares the ultimate spotlight as the finest of its kind!

MIN BID $25,000

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