Nolan Ryan is baseball’s strikeout king and one of the safest and most-collectable players in the hobby today.
But back when Topps was putting together its 1968 baseball card set, he was just a rookie pitcher for the New York Mets — a guy who was famously forced to share his Rookie Card with a teammate, Jerry Koosman.
One of the few artifacts from those days to still exist now is this slide used to make card No. 177 in the set. It was previously sold by The Topps Vault, which launched back in 2001 to bring historic memorabilia like this to the masses.
The active eBay auction for the slide comes with the signed Vault certificate as well as the envelope the slide resided in for decades in a filing cabinet alongside many other players who are long forgotten. This simple image shows a bit more of Ryan’s uniform and a hint of a sleeve patch along with a flag pole that barely made the cut on the card.
It’s not dramatically more impressive than the Rookie Card. Well, except for its pricetag.
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