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).