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1977 Topps Baseball Steve Garvey printing defect question.

Recently I was looking through my buddies thousands of 1977 Topps baseball cards. He has twelve Steve Garvey's and seven of the twelve have the same printing defect. There's a printing line going from Garvey's righthand all the way to the left middle border.

My buddies cards are from an unopened vending case and all look like PSA 8/9 candidates even with the current tough grading standards. My question is should he send in the seven Garvey's with the priting line? Will PSA knock the card down a grade or two because of this? I have seen some old 77 Garvey's certs that have the line that graded a 9 but I have no idea how PSA has been grading this printing defect recently.

Any help would be appreciated.


  • You may want to look at historic sales on eBay to see if there are cards with the line and judge whether that impacted the grade.

    There are examples like this where it does not detract. Every 84 Topps Mattingly has what can be described as a back antenna, strange line coming out of his back. But there are many 10s with this back antenna.

  • rbsalezmanrbsalezman Posts: 83 ✭✭✭

    The printing line on Steve Garvey’s 1977 Topps card is a fairly common issue. Another issue on his cards is the small dot that sometimes shows up on his nose on his 1975 Topps card. The worst is Wes Parker getting in the way on his 1973 Topps card but that was intentional.

  • Great info thank you. So does this mean that PSA will not penalize the grade because of the printing line?

  • Any idea what percentage of the 77 Garveys have the printing line?

  • rbsalezmanrbsalezman Posts: 83 ✭✭✭

    My guess would be 20% of them have the print line.
    If you search COMC or eBay, you’ll see plenty of them with it.

    The print dot on Garvey’s nose on his 1975 Topps card shows up 50% of the time.

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 10,504 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Yankees70 said:
    Great info thank you. So does this mean that PSA will not penalize the grade because of the printing line?

    With all the feedback this year of PSA tough/inconsistent grading for vintage, Personally, I would hold onto them until standards solidify/loosen up to where they traditionally were.

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