Rookie Card Upgrade: 1978 Topps Paul Molitor / Alan Trammell

Being a card collector in the early 1990s there were many rookie cards that I wanted then that I simply could not afford.  One of the hotter ones was the 1978 Topps rookie card of Paul Molitor and Alan Trammell. It’s been two decades since this was one of the hottest cards on the market. And over that time I managed to acquire one. The raw copy shown here.
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It’s centered nicely but one corner is soft and the surface has some printing issues. The card served its purpose for about a decade but it was about time that I upgraded this classic rookie card.

I managed to acquire this BVG slabbed copy for the price of a 2016 Topps blaster. The card is a bit off center left-right, but the corners are sharp and the images in clean. That’s a win for my slabbed rookie collection. Heck, I think I may have paid about the same for the raw copy when I acquired it about a decade ago.

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