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PSA GEM MINT 10
1968 Topps Johnny Bench Rookie

Spring 2014 Auction
Lot Number: 598
1968 Topps # 247
Reds Rookies - Bench/Tompkins
Graded by PSA as GEM MT 10

Realized Price: $9,000

This 1968 Topps issue is the rookie card of Hall-of-Fame great Johnny Bench. In the opinion of many, Bench was the greatest catcher in the history of baseball. He played for 17 seasons (1967-83), all with the Cincinnati Reds. He was named to 14 All Star teams (every year between 1968 and 1980!), won 10 Gold Glove Awards, and was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1970 and 1972. Bench anchored the "Big Red Machine" dynasty teams of the 1970's, winning six division titles, four pennants and two World Series championships (1975 and 1976).

Graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA, the offered example represents the absolute pinnacle of quality. It is totally uncirculated with no signs of wear or handling, the lettering and images are clear and crisply printed, and the color is as bright and vibrant as the day this card rolled off the press. One of the most popular post-war rookie cards, this issue is a true classic.

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