Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXXIV
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Johnny Bench remains the gold standard for catchers. Period. He revolutionized the game with his throwing style and ability to seemingly gun down runners at will. And he brought the power threat back to the position of catcher, crushing home runs off of National League pitchers, commonly in clutch situations with the game on the line.

The 1968 Rookie of the Year, Bench twice won league MVP honors, while hauling down ten consecutive Gold Glove Awards. His 38 home runs while playing catcher (he had 40 total for the season) in 1970 still ranks as the fourth best single season total all-time for a catcher, trailing Javy Lopez (42), Todd Hundley (41) and Roy Campanella and Mike Piazza at 40.

The Johnny Bench PSA 10 GEM MINT. Tops In Its class.

Of the 2,776 examples of Johnny Bench’s 1969 Topps All-Star Rookie, second year card, only 7 have achieved the rarified status of GEM MINT 10, making the card among the hardest to obtain, high-grade Hall of Famers from the set.

From a percentage standpoint, the numbers are staggering, with only 0.2% of the entire 1969 Johnny Bench, card #95, population being awarded the coveted GEM MINT status. For the advanced collector or investor, the miniscule GEM MINT population virtually ensures investment return and continued demand for the card over the coming years and even decades.

The Johnny Bench PSA 10 GEM MINT. The Details That Matter.

Many 1969 Topps offerings were cursed by poor pressmanship, resulting in numerous printing problems, most notably registration issues and miscuts often in the 90/10 and 80/20 range. This example of Bench’s 1969 All-Star Rookie, however, avoided any on-press problems.

The card glows with deep, fabulous color, including dense red hues on Bench’s uniform sleeves and stirrups. Skin tones are correct and contrast is properly balanced. The white color within the card is perfectly blended, as opposed to some Bench cards in other press runs which showed a hint of too much blue. Borders are blindingly white, pure and clean. While the cards cut during the trimming phase was executed flawlessly with exacting precision, resulting in a well-centered, perfectly-framed card.

Make The Most Of This Opportunity

As with collectibles from all eras, the fans, collectors and investors who followed Johnny Bench as children are reaching the age where they reflect on childhood and try to buy back a bit of the past. Bench cards are gaining increased interest in the marketplace and have seen rising interest in recent months. As former catcher and NBC broadcaster Joe Garagiola once said, “Some guys have names that just sound like baseball players. Mickey Mantle. Johnny Bench. They just sound like great baseball players.” And of course they were. So take a moment to consider this outstanding, highest-in-class card of the man most experts still consider to be the greatest catcher of all-time. You can never do better than GEM MINT 10.
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1969 Topps Johnny Bench #95 All-Star Rookie PSA 10 GEM MINT

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Minimum Bid: $2,800.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $6,549.60
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Friday, March 30, 2018.
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