Lot # 9: 1958 Topps #1 Ted Williams PSA 9 MINT - Highest PSA Example!

Category: 1950-1959

Starting Bid: $25,000.00

Bids: 11 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Winter Premier 2024 Auction",
which ran from 1/17/2024 9:00 AM to
2/3/2024 7:00 PM

(LOT 9)
1958 Topps #1 Ted Williams PSA 9 MINT - Highest PSA Example!

TED'S BEST!!! It is truly incredible to offer this rare for the grade PSA 9 MINT 1958 Topps #1 Ted Williams marvel that, along with a meager nine other examples, stands tall as the finest of its kind! The aforementioned irony is that the Splendid Splinter arguably resides as our National Pastime's greatest all-time hitter, with this PSA best of therest marvel sufficing as the perfect testament to his unparalleled batting prowess. Ted Williams heroic stints in World War II and the Korean War, as well as his previously mentioned status as baseball's greatest batsman, has earned him iconic stature second to none. This Boston Red Sox legend, via his myriad of world-class hitting achievements and fighter pilot war accomplishments, captivated a country and unequivocally stands as the true embodiment of an American hero.

It's no coincidence that Teddy Ballgame even managed to hit a home run in the last swing of his illustrious career, poetic justice at its best for baseball's premier hitter. The aforementioned accolades certainly attest to Ted's revered legacy, and it is this reason why a myriad of high-end vintage card collectors seek to attain his most valuable artifacts. Miraculous to say the least, it's no secret that finding a #1 subject issued some 65 years ago is an excruciating task, with a set's first card typically placed on top of the stack in checklist number order, thus susceptible to severe surface damage. Interestingly enough, the prior year Topps also chose to place Williams as their #1 subject, with even the renowned Chewing Gum Co. realizing that Ted merited number one stature via his remarkable hitting exploits.

The Kid followed up his extraordinary 1957 campaign (when he batted .388) with another splendid year in 1958, pacing the Junior Circuit with a .328 batting average and 1.042 OPS. Indeed, the 40-year-old Williams was showing no signs of slowing up, even blasting 26 round-trippers near the end of his incomparable 19-year career. This breathtaking keepsake miraculously provides the technical attributes consistent with a card just pulled from a 1958 wax pack, meriting the highest hobby accolades compared to its inferior peers. Ted's classic portrait pose with his legendary bat draped over his left shoulder portrays magnificent contrast, resolution and ultra-rich hues, with the radiant yellow background ably assisting in providing a 3D effect.

Atypical near-perfect centering between four blinding white borders, immaculate surfaces, and pinpoint corner tips all complete this extraordinary offering that has defiantly withstood the test of time. A heart-stopping example, it literally defies logic to think that a number one subject could possibly retain all of its original factory-issued attributes, with this pack-fresh memento's awe-inspiring aesthetics tantamount to any pack-fresh example. Most significantly, it was this EXACT offering that fetched a record-breaking $133K in Memory Lane's May 2022 auction, clearly indicating that the eye-appeal and technical attributes radiating from this timeless keepsake are arguably superior versus its other PSA 9 brethren. The Splendid Splinter is generally regarded as our National Pastime's all-time finest hitter, and we cannot imagine a card better equipped to exemplify his incomparable legacy than this pinnacle example meriting a final resting place in any esteemed PSA Registered gathering!

MIN BID $25,000


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