PSA received a tremendous group of the rare 1968 Topps 3-D cards, which are considered one of the rarest post-war issues in the industry. In the amazing batch, five Roberto Clemente cards were graded. This card is widely regarded as the most significant card in the tough set and is arguably Clemente's most valuable card. Believe this or not, three Clemente cards were graded PSA Gem Mint 10 and 2 were graded Mint 9!
Mike Baker, Director of Grading, was quick to point out the importance of the submission. "This group might be the best find of 1968 Topps 3-D's in history, " Baker said. "These cards are extremely rare so, as you might imagine, it was very exciting to handle the fantastic group."
If you are wondering if the find of high-grade Clemente's will saturate the market, think again. "Clemente has one of the strongest followings in the hobby and, with this card being so desirable, I'm sure five high-grade Clemente cards won't be enough to satisfy these fans," explained PSA President Steve Rocchi. "This card is not only on the wantlists of Clemente collectors, but it is also on the wantlists of every collector of rare sports cards. This card is a classic."
Here are a few other important cards that made headlines at PSA over the last few months. Two 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookies graded PSA Mint 9 recently. This card needs no introduction, according to Mike Baker. "This card seems to be growing in popularity as the years go by," said Baker. "As other home run records fall, Aaron remains the all-time king. The Aaron rookie is one of those cards that remains a hobby staple."
Other notables were a 1953 Bowman Mantle graded Mint 9, a 1952 Bowman Large Paul Brown rookie graded Mint 9, and a 1962 Topps Willie Mays graded Mint 9. The Mays example is only the second card to reach the Mint 9 level with no 10s graded so far. Another card that made some noise, even though not a huge dollar card, was a 1979 Ozzie Smith graded Gem Mint 10. Steve Rocchi explained the importance. "Ozzie Smith is considered a future Hall of Famer and his card is surprisingly difficult," said Rocchi. "The centering and print on this card are usually atrocious making it very tough to find in Mint condition."