7.08.2008

1971 Topps
Thurman Munson


As of today, here's my top-5 list of favorite cards made by Topps:

1. 1971 Thurman Munson
2. 1957 Ted Kluszewski
3. 1953 Satchel Paige
4. 1964 Mickey Mantle
5. 1952 Any card in this set

This card just recently became my all-time favorite. I'm not sure why. It could have something to do with the nice action shot and the crisp black border (not in this example though). Maybe it's the giant trophy or the green and yellow coloring. I think it's all of the above.

This card is Munson's most valuable. It's not even his rookie card, it's actually his second-year card. When I looked up the card's value ($125 in NM condition) I was surprised to find out that, of the 1971 Topps set, only Nolan Ryan and Roberto Clemente are worth more at $150 each.

Munson is worth more than Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson and Pete Rose.

But why?

Maybe it's because of the card's great design. Any thoughts?

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Munson ain't too beat up

dayf said...

his 1970 rookie card is shared with another player. The great photo, the rookie trophy and hard to find in mint borders probably boost the price of his second year card too.

Anonymous said...

One reason this baseball card is worth so much is that I have been buying this card when I see it at a reasonable price. Currently, I have in excess of 20 of them just in the PSA 8 grade out of 92 that have been graded at this level. There are far fewer available than there were a couple of years ago as a result.

Anonymous said...

One reason this baseball card is worth so much is that I have been buying this card when I see it at a reasonable price. Currently, I have in excess of 20 of them just in the PSA 8 grade out of 92 that have been graded at this level. There are far fewer available than there were a couple of years ago as a result.

KMAL said...

The '71 Topps cards are so much better looking than anything else Topps produced in that entire decade. Add the black borders, the green lettering, and Munson doing what Munson did best (getting dirty blocking home plate) along with jthe fact that so many of us old Yankees fans have a soft spot in our hearts for #15 and you have a card with unusually high value. If the current Yankees played with half the grit that Munson (or his Sox counterpart, Fisk) did, they'd be unstoppable.

Lee Cohn said...

I have one in near mint condition -- nearly perfect borders, etc. I have a second one with a slight wrinkle on the lower right, but other than that in great shape.

Anyone interested? Make me an offer!

lee@lmcohn.com

Anonymous said...

i have one thats centered is that valuble, just wondering