Highest-Grade 1968 Topps Venezuelan Nolan Ryan Rookie Card Up for Auction


Those familiar with Topps Venezuelan cards know how tough they are. For starters, they’re extremely hard to find. And even when you do come across one of the vintage gems, landing one in even good condition can be near-impossible. Which is what makes the 1968 Topps Venezuelan Nolan Ryan/Jerry Koosman currently up for bid through Collect Auctions so impressive.

1968 Topps Venezuelan Nolan Ryan Rookie Card PSA 5-5 Collect Auctions-Aug-2018 700

Graded PSA 5.5 EX+, it’s currently the top copy of the card. Three copies have a PSA 5 grade. The highest grade from BVG is a 4. Overall, less than 30 of the 1968 Topps Venezuelan Nolan Ryan cards have been graded by PSA. BVG has inspected just two.

A testament to the card’s scarcity, around 10,000 regular 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan Rookie Cards have been graded by PSA and over 3,000 by Beckett Grading.

1968 Topps Venezuelan Nolan Ryan Rookie Card PSA 5-5 Collect Auctions-Aug-2018 Reverse 700

Topps Venezuelan cards were produced for collectors growing up in South America, the quality of the card stock is not nearly as good or durable as their American (and Canadian O-Pee-Chee) cousins. So over the years, the Topps Venezuelan cards have shown a knack for breaking down and showing their age.

This card comes from an impressive Nolan Ryan collection, of which Collect Auctions has several other pieces available. Other items include a PSA 8 1968 Milton Bradley Nolan Ryan, other rare Venezuelan issues, test releases, and tough autograph cards. From more recent times, there’s also a 1993 Topps Finest Refractor.

Bidding on the 1968 Topps Venezuelan Nolan Ryan, as well as the other cards in the collection, ends on Thursday, August 9.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Joseph Austin 9 August, 2018 at 08:04

    I have two binders full of just baseball cards and I want to sell them but I don’t know where to sell it at

    • Ryan Cracknell 9 August, 2018 at 12:06

      @Joseph – If you have a nearby card shop or even an antique dealer, you may want to start there. They could probably help you get started by pointing out if there’s anything of significant value.

  2. Marc 9 August, 2018 at 12:12

    How does one evaluate the card to determine if it is a Venezuelan card or not.
    Thank you.

    • Ryan Cracknell 9 August, 2018 at 12:38

      @Marc – The colors on the front are darker. But the easiest way is the copyright on the back. The Venezuelan versions have “Venezuela”. I thought I’d included an image of the back but I did just add it.

  3. Joseph 9 August, 2018 at 17:06

    I had no idea these cards existed.

    I love how even thought I’ve been collecting for nearly 30 years, I can still learn new things about the hobby.

    • Ryan Cracknell 13 August, 2018 at 13:11

      @Ken – It was originally posted on the 8th. Sounds like you caught it from the newsletter that was sent out a couple of days later.

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