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1967 Topps Venezuelan #193 Carl Yastrzemski
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $720
Graded EX-MT 6 by PSA. Only one example grades higher! Outstanding high-grade example of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, one of the key cards to the 1967 Topps Venezuelan set. The Topps Venezuelan issues are among the most fascinating sets of the 1960s. Three different sets were issued in 1967, with one dedicated to Venezuelan League players, another to all-time greats, and the third, from which this card originates, is full of current Major League players. Each of these cards were printed on a non-glossy cardboard stock for sale exclusively in the Venezuelan market. The fronts are identical in design to the regular-issue Topps’ cards from the same year, but the pictures are borderless and the cards measure slightly smaller. The backs are also black and blue (compared to the normal green) and have a short paragraph of personal information and career statistics. While this card is not in Mint condition, it is far above average for this unusual issue. They are almost always found with light paper loss and scrapbook remnants on the reverse, since these cards were intended to be glued into an album produced for that purpose. This card is a rare exception to this rule: the back is entirely clean and intact. The card displays a few light touches to the corners, which is responsible for the EX-MT grade (as opposed to an even higher grade). It is bright, crisp, and clean. Though they receive little attention because they are virtually never found in high grade, Topps Venezuelan cards are among the most unusual and rare baseball-card sets of the decade. This is a virtually unheard of high-grade Venezuelan example of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, and one that would be a highlight in any Topps Venezuelan or type-card collection. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $720
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