Ozzie Smith’s Tough To Find Mint 1979 Topps Rookie Card
There is no bigger card in the 1979 Topps set than Ozzie Smith’s rookie card.
I had one of these cards as a kid and eventually traded it away(I’m sure that I got the short-end of that stick!).
It is very hard to find a well centered Smith rookie card for some reason. I don’t know if it was a manufacturing defect, but most of the Smith rookies I was able to find back then, and now on eBay as well, are cut pretty badly. With a large and uneven border on the left, and a thin and slight border on the right being the norm, if you were able to find a well-centered Ozzie Smith rookie card, it carried a hefty price tag.
Today there are no less than 250 of Ozzie’s rookie cards circulating on eBay. And if you look closely, probably 95% of them are badly centered.
For this card, the quest to find a nice one is certainly worth the wait!!!
Nice ‘Chops’ Ozzie!!!
Very true Brian. I have a PSA 8
I couldn’t imagine the price of a PSA graded 10 would be worth.
I am fortunate enough to have a perfectly centered copy. Should probably get it graded one of these days 🙂
Ron- I don’t own a single graded card in my collection, but if I was going to go after one, this card of Ozzie would be very high on my list!