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1969 Topps Nolan Ryan

1969 Topps Nolan Ryan second year baseball card

Nolan Ryan

This 1969 Topps Nolan Ryan baseball card is the second year card of the all time great hurler. Featuring a staged spring training picture of the then young righthander in his Mets uniform, this is not among the most attractive cards ever issued. Despite this, it has been a pretty popular card for years as it is the top consolation prize for any collector who doesn't want to shell out the big bucks for Ryan's expensive rookie card. When this card was released Ryan had yet to become a superstar, but he had already demonstrated the ability to blow batters away which would turn him into big league baseball's all time strikeout king.

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Nolan Ryan Baseball Cards

One of the most popular pitchers among baseball card collectors along with such greats as Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson, Nolan Ryan did not become a true collecting superstar until later in his career. Always known as an exciting power pitcher, Ryan's star rose to epic proportions as he approached unprecedented career strikeout milestones. There was a time in the early 1990s when vintage Nolan Ryan baseball card rivaled the popularity of even those of Mickey Mantle. The price of vintage Ryan cards eventually came back down a bit, but year in year out, his cards are always among the most expensive regular issue non-rookie cards in each set. The case can be made that there is nearly twenty years of baseball card sets where Nolan Ryan cards are the most sought after standard card of the set.

The Player

With over 5,700 career strikeout, Nolan Ryan leads his closest competitor by nearly 1,000 K's. A durable power pitcher who pitched for four teams in his remarkable 27 year career, "The Ryan Express" threw a record seven no-hitters. Known for a 100 MPH fastball and a devastating breaking ball, Ryan could be more dominant than any pitcher who ever stepped on a mound. Despite never winning a Cy Young Award, Ryan was a first ballot Hall of Famer.