Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/18/2009
Can you really say anything more than GEM MINT? Is there a reason to go on? Okay, how about one of one? That’s right. This is the only known example of Bob Smith’s 1958 high number to garner the grade of 10. Only six cards of Smith from this set have ever graded higher than a PSA 7. But none equal this example.
The ’58 Topps set was typical of late 1950’s issues. A portrait shot, tinted background, basic typeface name, player and position. There wasn’t a lot of experimental design thinking going on here. However, everything about the cards’ designs were clean and clear.
As for the subject of the outstanding PSA 10, Bob Smith’s career was about as exciting as his name. Primarily a middle reliever, Smith went 57-59 for four teams in his four-year big league career.
When given the chance to start, Smith did make the most of his opportunities, notching two complete game victories for the ’57 Pirates. But, by most standards, Smith was “just a guy.” But he was just a guy living the dream that almost every boy in America knows. Bob Smith got to wear a big league uniform. And fortunately for all of us, his dream culminated in this card, which is nothing short of perfection.
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