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Old 01-18-2014, 12:16 PM
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Default RYAN 70s RUN - IN PROGRESS

So I have always held the Nolan Ryan RC in highest regard when it comes Post War cards. To me, from probably 1960 onward, it is the single best card, followed immediately by the likes of Schmidt, Brett, and Rose rookies (and many others, too numerous to list here).

Ryan's records will almost certainly never be eclipsed, from his Ks to his no-hitters. This dude LED THE LEAGUE in WHIP at age 43 AND 44! Very few athletes (Mo Rivera comes to mind) go out on top like that. His reputation is sterling. Then to think the card features Koosman, who may very well be the best second face on a multi-face HOFer card after Allan Trammell. The cherry on top when it comes to the Ryan RC is how the card is usually born with horrible tilt and centering. For a horizontal card, tilt can instantly wreck eye appeal.

Growing up, the Ryan RC was always a special card to behold, and it was rare when a kid in the neighborhood had one. I remember there was an older kid down the block named John Philaramo (sp?). He used to sell us 1988 Donruss wax packs from his basement, and had a Ryan RC in a huge screw down.

I believe it was in the early 90's when Ryan's card began to really soar. I was lucky to live in an area of Brooklyn that had many, many cardshops. The 70's Ryans were both gorgeous cards and had that old vibe to them. I bought a 74, 75, 76, and 77, and they were among my favorites at the time.

Like Brett, Mantle, and Donnie Baseball-- Ryan always seems to have a good-looking card.

Now, seeing where the game has gone, how it is played, I can't help but have enormous respect for Nolan Ryan. His cards are always big guns in whatever set they appear, and it seems all those early issues are tough to find well-centered.

In fact what has been so surprising and rewarding about chasing these Ryans, is how I have found the best card can actually be much lower grade, numerically, than expected. I scoured many 70s before coming to terms with the fact that a 6 had the best eye appeal of the hundreds I'd seen. Ditto for the 73-- I found, of course, 9s with great eye appeal. But for 27 bucks, the 6 of the 73 could not be beat for value.

Anyways, here is my little run in progress. I will have to pony up for a sweet 75 or mini when one surfaces, and a nice 76 and 77 shouldn't be tough to locate. Then it's a wrap.

One of the great things I find about player runs is getting to see all the different card designs in a row.

I can definitely see a few of these below bumping a half grade or grade, if I ever decide to burn some loot on reviews. The 71 and 74 are utter head-scratchers on grade, especially. The RC is hands down the best centering I've encountered-- and I will always be in debt to Miller and our boy Dave for that one; the inner ridge of the holder obscures a sliver of the left edge on that scan.














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Old 01-18-2014, 01:36 PM
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Great run so far Matt.

One of the things that has always amazed me about Nolan Ryan is I don't ever recall him battling any injuries/arm issues. He threw harder than any other pitcher and his career lasted over 20 years which makes it even more impressive.
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:54 PM
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Great run so far Matt.

One of the things that has always amazed me about Nolan Ryan is I don't ever recall him battling any injuries/arm issues. He threw harder than any other pitcher and his career lasted over 20 years which makes it even more impressive.

He was injured some in 1975, pitching 198 innings, down from over 300 the year before.

And Matt, cool Ryan collection. Now you just have to go after the other Ryan cards from the 70's.
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Old 01-18-2014, 03:18 PM
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He was injured some in 1975, pitching 198 innings, down from over 300 the year before.

And Matt, cool Ryan collection. Now you just have to go after the other Ryan cards from the 70's.
Thanks David.

Still, it is quite impressive that he rarely dealt with injuries when it seems so common for many pitchers today.

By the way, my favorite Ryan card from this group is the 1971 Topps. I just love the action shot.

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Old 01-18-2014, 04:44 PM
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Another beautiful run. I love looking at your posts. I always coveted the 68 Topps growing up, and it was one of the first cards I picked up when I returned to the hobby. Mine is pictured below. Not nearly the example you have, but I grabbed this before starting my Mantle run where $100-200 still seemed like a crazy price to spend on a card:

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Wow-- looks from the scan like that auto RC has no tilt and great left right centering? Must have killer eye appeal in hand.

Really, Ryan's career will come to boggle the mind as today's elite pitchers struggle to hit the lofty 3000k plateau. I mean, nearly 6000? Daaaaaamn.
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Thanks David.

Still, it is quite impressive that he rarely dealt with injuries when it seems so common for many pitchers today.

By the way, my favorite Ryan card from this group is the 1971 Topps. i just love the action shot.
I always thought the Royal Crown in the background was somewhat prophetic perhaps.
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I love how Ryan was careful to sign around his face with the autograph on that Rookie. Very nice.
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I love how Ryan was careful to sign around his face with the autograph on that Rookie. Very nice.
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Thanks Drew. I have never noticed that before, very interesting. And, it does not look like he hesitated at all with the signature either.
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Great cards and good luck with the run!

The '77 Topps Ryan is a sweet card with a great photo. If and when a PSA 9 shows up with nice centering there's usually a fight for it, so be prepared.
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