Lot # 60: 1956 Topps #181 Billy Martin PSA 10 GEM MINT - POP 1!

Category: 1950-1959

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 23 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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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 60)
1956 Topps #181 Billy Martin PSA 10 GEM MINT - POP 1!

YANKEE GEM MINT!!! Similar to his remarkable managerial prowess are the world-class features of this incredible PSA 10 GEM MINT 1956 Topps Billy Martin offering that stands alone on the PSA census report as the finest of its kind! Considered by many as one of the greatest managers in MLB history, the fearless field general managed the Yankees to a World Championship in 1977 while also leading the 1969 Twins and 1971 Tigers to first place finishes in their respective divisions. Martin got the most out of the least, with his championship managerial style most likely rubbing off from his four World Series titles as a formidable Yankees second sacker in the 1950s (1951-53; '56). Justifying the GEM MINT assessment are the two amazing Martin images, including a stoic portrait pose as well as an in-action illustration at second base.

Immaculate resolution and brilliant hues elevate the image to an unparalleled level, with the entire illustration extremely well centered between four blinding white borders. The naked eye cannot detect a single surface blemish on either side, and the pristine perimeter includes four blisteringly sharp corners. A fine second baseman throughout his 11-year career, Martin's fine diamond exploits are always overshadowed by his world-class managerial stature. However, this "unique for the grade" highest-graded Billy Martin gem that fetched $24K in September 2022 has not been overshadowed by a single example, proudly outdistancing the other 1,800+ PSA inferior examples while earning a final resting place at the summit of the PSA Pop Chart!

MIN BID $5,000


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