1957 Topps #35 Frank Robinson Rookie Card PSA 9 MINT - Highest Graded Example!
ROBBY ROOKIE!!! Going into the 1957 season, Cincinnati Reds' star left-fielder Frank Robinson had already electrified the baseball community via his then rookie record of 38 round-trippers, while batting .290 and posting an outstanding .936 OPS. These magnificent accomplishments easily earned "Robby" the highly coveted 1956 Rookie of the Year Award. The Topps Chewing Gum Company awarded Robinson for his incredible inaugural campaign by including him as the #35 subject in their prestigious 1957 baseball card gum set. One of the most desirable post-WWII rookie cards, it's Frank Robinson's miraculous PSA 9 MINT '57 Topps subject that we proudly offer to the collecting community. Of the approximate 5,400 PSA encapsulated examples, not a single specimen has managed to achieve the hallowed "10" assessment, with this PSA 9 sharing the spotlight as the finest of its kind.
Indeed, after his sensational rookie season, the power-hitting outfielder with a strong throwing arm was surely here to stay, ultimately ending his 21-year Hall of Fame career with 586 round-trippers and 1,812 runs batted in. He would belt 30 or more homers eleven times, and is still the only player to win MVP Awards in both leagues (1961 with Cincinnati & 1966 with Baltimore). It was his 1966 season that stood "heads and heels" above the rest, with Robinson winning the elusive A.L. "Triple Crown" via his league-leading 49 dingers, 122 R.B.I.s and .316 batting average, while spearheading the Orioles to a World Series win over the L.A. Dodgers. Synonymous with Robinson's iconic stature is this extraordinary PSA 9 MINT rookie card that likewise enjoys a firm niche at the summit of the PSA "Pop" Chart. Robby's classic batting image portraying his Cincinnati Reds period-style flannels is brilliant to say the least, retaining its original vibrant hues and impeccable clarity. The fine centering between four snow white borders only exhibits a negligible partiality towards the right edge, and the pack-fresh surfaces and blistering sharp corner tips are the final exclamation points justifying the sanctified MINT assessment, with a PSA 9 example fetching $69K in the Spring of 2021!
MIN BID $12,500