1968 Topps #177 Nolan Ryan Rookie PSA 9 MINT
MINT EXPRESS ROOKIE!!!... During a major league record 27-year baseball career, he pitched in 1966 and from 1968 to 1993 for four different teams: the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. While his lifetime winning percentage was .526, Ryan was an eight-time MLB All-Star, and his 5,714 career strikeouts rank first in baseball history by a significant margin. He leads the runner-up, Randy Johnson, by 839 strikeouts. Similarly, Ryan's 2,795 bases on balls lead second-place Steve Carlton by 962—walking over 50% more hitters than any other pitcher in Major League history.
Ryan and Sandy Koufax are the only two pitchers inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame who had more strikeouts than innings pitched. Other than Jackie Robinson (whose number was retired by the entire MLB), Ryan is currently the only major league baseball player to have his number retired by at least three different teams: the Angels, Astros, and Rangers. Ryan is the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven, three more than any other pitcher. He is tied with Bob Feller for most one-hitters, with 12. Ryan also pitched 18 two-hitters. Despite the seven no-hitters, he never threw a perfect game, nor did he ever win a Cy Young Award.
Ryan is one of only 29 players in baseball history to have appeared in Major League baseball games in four decades and the only pitcher to have struck out seven pairs of fathers and sons. Here we go, this RYAN Rookie has it all, strong centering, razor corners, bold color. This card is a screamer. Considering there is just a single example getting the PSA 10 grade, this one should be a major consideration to any advanced collector. Step up to the plate on this RYAN Rookie from 1968. Is this card really 46 years old?
MIN BID $2,500
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Item was in Auction "2014 Summer Rarities Auction",
which ran from 7/31/2014 12:00 PM to
8/24/2014 4:00 AM