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1967 Topps #45 Roger Maris - Yankees Blank-Back Proof
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,645
Graded EX 60 by SGC. Legendary 1967 Topps proof card featuring #45 Roger Maris with the Yankees as opposed to the Cardinals. Maris was traded from the Yankees to the Cardinals prior to the 1967 season, but not before Topps had printed proof cards featuring him with the Yankees. A small quantity of these blank-backed proof cards were cut from sheets by the legendary Topps art director and hobby pioneer Woody Gelman for the benefit of collectors. In the early 1970s, Bruce Yeko's Card Collectors Company had a very small supply (probably a couple of dozen or fewer, all of which were almost certainly acquired from Woody Gelman) that he offered for the then-king's ransom of $1 each (which was a fortune for a 1967 Topps card in the early 1970s). For some reason virtually all 1967 Topps Maris-with-Yankees proof cards are very poorly centered. This example is no different as the centering for this card is approximately 85/15 left to right. Bright and crisp, both front and back, with four square corners, and brilliant colors. Reserve $200. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,645
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