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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: A view of the "Pin-Man's" hat during a game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on August 21, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 21: A view of the "Pin-Man's" hat during a game between the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on August 21, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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FLUSHING, NY – MAY 19: Nolan Ryan #30 of the New York Mets pitches to the Atlanta Braves at Shea Stadium during a May 19,1968 game in Flushing, New York. (Photo by Herb Scharfman/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)

1968 Topps Nolan Ryan Rookie Card

A while back I did a piece on the most valuable Mets baseball card of all time. Even though the Mets have not had a lot of All-Time greats in baseball history they did have a few and one of their rookie cards is quite valuable.

That player would be Nolan Ryan. His rookie card would be a dream to own and is the most attainable of the three pieces of memorabilia in this slideshow.

Back in the early days of baseball cards, the rookies were pictured in pairs if there was more than one on the team. 1968 was exactly that with Nolan Ryan and Jerry Koosman sharing the same card.

This is one of the most valuable baseball cards in the world if it is in a high grade. There is only one PSA 10 version of this card and its last sale price was $600,000 in August of 2020. That is absurd but it is the only one in existence.

For my bucket list, however, the ideal one to own would be a PSA 8 or PSA 9. The grade is still high, and it has a low enough population to hold its value.

Sports cards are on a wild up swinging climb right now and the ceiling of the value for this type of card is unknown. Vintage baseball cards though tend to hold their value over time making this worth the amount of money it would cost to acquire it.

This would have a sentimental value as well. My dad grew up watching Nolan Ryan and when I became a Mets fan, I became enamored by his success and how the Mets traded him away early in his career.

One day I hope to own this card and proudly display it along with all of the other memorabilia I own for all to see.

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