1959 Topps Frank Robinson BGS Vintage Challenge


During the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media’s editorial staff member were asked to hit the floor and bring back a vintage card to be graded. Each staff member participating in the project will present the results of their hunt to readers during the show.


The Card: 1959 Topps #435

The Player: Frank Robinson

The Cost: $28

The Cost to Grade: $15 (NSCC special for vintage cards from BGS)


Why I Picked It: Frank Robinson is easily one of the most-overlooked Hall of Famers in terms of value and this is his third-year card. I’d argue that it’s undervalued from the start. The centering on this one is amazing and the black-ink of the famed black border is nearly spot-free. The visual appeal of a perfectly centered card can’t be denied there.

How it graded: BVG 7.5


Population Report: There are 291 total copies graded with only 26 higher. Three BGS 9s exist but none better. There are 17 other cards with this same grade. Overall, this is a higher population than some vintage cards through BVG but very few have topped it.

Raw Book Value: $50 in Near-Mint condition.

Graded Value: Between $80 (Near-Mint 7) to $150 (NM-Mint 8).


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  1. Mark 2 August, 2015 at 07:15

    It would be helpful and informative to hear from the grader what makes the difference between a NM 7, a NM+ 7.5, a NM-M 8, and higher. Based on the photos, it is tough to see what is going on with this card that keeps it from being higher. Given the exponential increase in values for every .5 when you get up in this territory, I would like to know what the graders are looking for. This series has been a very good read. Definitely a good idea.

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