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Lot # 1824 (of 1866)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1968 Topps Baseball Color-Process Proof Sheet Featuring Nolan Ryan Rookie

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $2,133

Offered is a fascinating and particularly unusual color-process proof sheet from the 1968 Topps set consisting of forty-four cards, including the key rookie card of Nolan Ryan and Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, and Carl Yastrzemski. Printed on a very unusual thick stock (similar to vinyl), the sheet is arranged in four rows of eleven cards with large margins on top and bottom, the latter of which includes black, blue, magenta, and yellow color-spectrum lines. Crop marks are also visible in all four margins. All but one of the cards appear as they would in final production when viewed from the front; the Yastrzemski checklist, however, is missing all of the black text which would normally appear in the checklist portion of the card, suggesting that the offered sheet may have been one press run short of a final production version. The back of the sheet is blank. These sheets were used by the printer for the purpose of checking colors, registration, and generally proofing the cards before final production began. Bright and clean, both front and back, with a small chip out of the upper left corner, which does not detract from the overall presentation. The Nolan Ryan rookie card, which is situated in the lower left corner of the sheet, displays exceptionally well and is an ideal highlight. This is the second such sheet we have ever offered (one appeared as Lot #1133 in REA's Fall 2013 auction, where it realized $1,777), and we have only ever seen one other example. This sheet would make an outstanding companion piece to any 1968 Topps set or serve as an extraordinary addition to any Nolan Ryan or uncut-sheet collection. Dimensions: 21 x 28 inches. Reserve $500. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,133

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