1978 Topps Eddie Murray ROOKIE PSA 10 - An alien card of sorts

I have revered the 1978 Topps Eddie Murray Rookie for a long time. I first started collecting in 1981 at age 11 so missed out on buying 1978 Packs but knew Eddie Murray was a "star player" and that his 78 Rookie Card was a special card. I was always on the “lookout” for one as a kid and finally landed a low grade copy and was happier than a pig on its side in cool mud.

Fast forward ---- When I got back into collecting in 2014 a prime Eddie Murray Rookie was on the wish list. I quickly realized how difficult/rare the card is in high grade. In particular, I wanted a PSA 10 with a centered back. I knew it could be a long wait for one to surface. Kinda like sitting on a hilltop watching for UFO’s. Five years later its 2019 and I spotted the UFO and was lucky enough to land it.

Special card of a Baseball Legend who is one of only six total men to claim membership in both the 500 Home Run and 3,000 Hit Clubs. Eddie Murray, Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez, Willie Mays, Rafael Palmeiro and Albert Pujols.

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  • JBrulesJBrules Posts: 1,460 ✭✭✭✭

    Congrats!!! That is a great looking card.. Well worth the wait.

  • softparadesoftparade Posts: 8,116 ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 12, 2019 10:42AM

    Simply Stunning! My all time favorite issue! I pulled a fantastic Murray out of a rack back in 2004 and honestly thought I had a shot at a 10. It came back as a PSA 9. I was happy but felt a little bummed. Might still send that one back in.

    AWESOME CARD

  • DBesse27DBesse27 Posts: 468 ✭✭✭

    Holy crap, amazing!

    Yaz Master Set
    #1 Gino Cappelletti master set
    #1 John Hannah master set

    Also collecting:
    1964 & 68 Venezuelan Topps
    1974 Topps Red Sox
    Andre Tippett

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 1,065 ✭✭✭

    Brilliant thread! That is quite a story! I can't wait for the movie! Congrats on landing a true masterpiece.

  • Wow, great card.

    Looking for:
    1992 Collectors Edge Football case?
  • flatfoot816flatfoot816 Posts: 2,104 ✭✭✭

    amazing card Chris. Congrats!

  • mintonlyplsmintonlypls Posts: 634 ✭✭✭

    Chris...

    You must have one amazing collection from what you have posted on this board and on Collectors Focus!

    mintonlypls
  • GreenSneakersGreenSneakers Posts: 291 ✭✭✭

    Nothing gets me more excited about the hobby then the 78s. Thanks for posting it

  • GreenSneakersGreenSneakers Posts: 291 ✭✭✭

    Nothing gets me more excited about the hobby then the 78s. Thanks for posting it

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 3,286 ✭✭✭✭

    That is just a great card. Your perseverance paid off

  • KendallCatKendallCat Posts: 2,302 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great card and even better budget! I am informing Jr that college is no longer in his future, and I am spending his college fund on cards 😄

    KC

  • mexpo75mexpo75 Posts: 1,399 ✭✭✭

    Good things come to those who wait!

    PackManInNC
  • Stone193Stone193 Posts: 23,440 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 12, 2019 1:52PM

    @softparade said:
    Simply Stunning! My all time favorite issue! I pulled a fantastic Murray out of a rack back in 2004 and honestly thought I had a shot at a 10. It came back as a PSA 9. I was happy but felt a little bummed. Might still send that one back in.

    AWESOME CARD

    I was looking for a 9 on this Andre, Dan and missed this on the back - got a 6.

    Mike



  • Stone193Stone193 Posts: 23,440 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great card Chris!

    Mike



  • NJ80sBBCNJ80sBBC Posts: 273 ✭✭

    Wow, Incredible card. I started much later but always thought the 78Murray with the headshot and rookie cup were an epic match. Congrats on landing a whale.

    Conundrum - Loving my unopened baseball card collection....but really like ripping too
  • sushihotwingssushihotwings Posts: 453 ✭✭✭

    UFFDAH never disappoints

    On the hunt high grade Star Basketball.
  • handymanhandyman Posts: 4,276 ✭✭✭

    Sick for 1978 that is a beast of a card.

  • Halos2002Halos2002 Posts: 74 ✭✭

    Awesome card!!!

  • grote15grote15 Posts: 27,042 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Yahtzee!



    Collecting 1970s Topps baseball wax, rack and cello packs, as well as PCGS graded Half Cents, Large Cents, Two Cent pieces and Three Cent Silver pieces.
  • ahopkinsahopkins Posts: 720 ✭✭✭✭

    I love everything about that card. Everything. It's a work of art. Congrats, Chris!

    Andy

  • BPorter26BPorter26 Posts: 3,231 ✭✭✭

    Now that’s what you call a monster. Congrats.

    "EVERYBODY LOVE EVERYBODY IT SAYS IT RIGHT THERE ON THE WALL" - JACKIE MOON
  • ldfergldferg Posts: 6,415 ✭✭✭

    Wow! Superb card of one great player.



    Thanks,

    David (LD_Ferg)



    1985 Topps Football (starting in psa 8) - #9 - started 05/21/06
  • CdnOsfanCdnOsfan Posts: 184 ✭✭✭

    Wow, amazing card! Love Steady Eddie! Orioles should have never traded him!

  • jmaciujmaciu Posts: 1,290 ✭✭✭

    Congratulations on a truly pristine card!

  • balco758balco758 Posts: 211 ✭✭✭

    What a beauty. Love the perfect fullness of the top centering on the front. It’s like a nice set of 34 C’s!

    Congrats.

  • Incredible card!!!

  • RedHeart54RedHeart54 Posts: 2,261 ✭✭✭

    The '78 Murray is definitely one of those cards you'd salivate over as a kid collecting in the '80s, and that's when it was only a $35-40 card. I still have mine (purchased in those days) but it's certainly not 9 worthy, let alone like this one. Beautiful!

  • UFFDAHUFFDAH Posts: 568 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks everyone!!! The good vibes mean alot especially coming from fellow collectors!! So many die hards on this forum that make collecting and sharing fun!!

  • yankeeno7yankeeno7 Posts: 9,077 ✭✭✭

    As another great admirer of 1978 Topps, congrats on such an awesome card!

    Some people are like slinkies..Not really good for anything, but they bring a smile to your face when you push one down a flight of stairs.

    yup
  • StingrayStingray Posts: 8,817 ✭✭✭

    Wow, just a stunner!! I was not a fan of 78s at first, right in the middle of my formative collecting years, thought they were kinda of plain. But over the years I have grown to appreciate how the design does not interfere with the photos, and what a classic look it is.

    Kirk

    Collector of Topps Detroit Tigers cards!!

  • 53BKid53BKid Posts: 2,066 ✭✭✭

    Now that card is truly worthy of the grade. Congratulations.

    HAPPY COLLECTING!!!
  • baz518baz518 Posts: 990 ✭✭✭

    That is one stunning card, congrats! I love this card probably more than any other card from the 70s. I was also too young when this set was issued, but sometime in the mid to late 80s, my sister's boyfriend (who eventually became my brother-in-law) gave me his childhood collection. It mainly consisted of Topps baseball cards from 74-81, but the Eddie Murray RC was in there and it quickly became the crown jewel of my collection!

    If you need to sell some stuff (like a nice 76 Giants FB cello) to help fund that purchase, just let me know! ;)

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