1971 TOPPS JERRY ROBERTSON #651 PSA 7
Speaking objectively, this is not an attractive card.
Mostly it's the hat, which is probably an airbrushed Expos' cap, but looks more like a Mets' lid that's been dropped in a barrel of Judge Doom's Dip.
Yet even though the card is plug ugly, there's something oddly compelling about it.
It's kind of like a shirtless mid '70s Iggy Pop, or Hilary Swank in a bikini.
Perhaps part of the allure is its relative scarcity. Like all 1971 Mets high numbers, this is a short print, so it can be difficult to find a nice copy.
There was an auction for a PSA 8 running concurrently with this one, and that card closed over $100. I was very happy to get this PSA 7 for a little more than $10.
Part of me wants to file it away in a box sandwiched between the Matlack/Martinez/Folkers rookie and Ron Taylor, but part of me cannot look away...
So I ask you, gentle reader, what do you consider to be the ugliest regular-issue Topps Mets card from 1962-1973?
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