1963 Topps #537 Pete Rose Rookie - SGC GEM 98 - Highest Graded!

Sold For: $19,975

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 21

Item Year: 1963

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded GEM 98 by SGC. Only "1 of 1" graded by SGC at this extraordinary level. Stellar ultra high-grade example of Pete Rose's rookie card from the 1963 Topps series. One of card collecting's greatest classics, Rose's rookie card is the key to the 1963 Topps set, and one of the most popular of all postwar baseball cards. Just as Joe Jackson's 1909 American Caramel Company rookie or 1911 T210 Old Mill tobacco card has a significance to baseball history that transcends prewar-card collecting, so too does the Rose rookie to the modern era. This is simply an incredible card and is without question the single finest example we have ever seen or offered EVER. Perfect centering, with bright and crisp colors, perfect pack-fresh gloss, four razor-sharp corners, and a flawless reverse. This card is a blazer! The fact that it is not graded PRISTINE must mean that there is some extremely minor imperfection that was visible to SGC under magnification that kept this gem from Pristine status. We can't find it. 1963 Topps rarely survive in GEM MINT condition, in part because the colored flush-to-the-border design is so prone to wear, especially to the corners. This is an incredible high-grade example of one of collecting's most famous cards, and one of the cornerstones to either a high-grade Pete Rose card collection or any world-class collection of classic cards. Out of the 10,715 1963 Topps SGC has graded to date, only fourteen have been graded GEM 98. These numbers speak for themselves. It is very difficult to provide a meaningful estimate on a card such as this. Even SMR does not provide a value for 1963 Topps cards in GEM MINT condition. We are confident that the auction process will establish the true market value of this outstanding gem, which by any measure may be the single finest example in existence of one of card collecting's greatest modern classics. Reserve $5,000. Estimate $10,000++. SOLD FOR $19,975

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