In some ways, 1969 Topps baseball cards must have seemed familiar to collectors that spring.

On the one hand, the set shared the big-photo, small-design tenets of the classic 1967 set.

On the other, it featured many similar photos — some identical — to those in the 1968 set, along with the circles and curved inner borders. Thankfully (or not, depending on your tastes), the burlap was gone.

But 1969 Topps also had a look all its own, as the photography was some of the most crisp of the era, and the blazing white borders made the whole thing super clean.

And, yeah, pink card backs.

When it comes to card values, the 1969s generally don’t stand up to the sets around them, with one exception — several cards exist in white-letter variations, where player first and last names are in white letters instead of whatever colors were actually planned.

Those error cards can fetch a pretty penny today, but they’re exceptions, so I’m not including them here in our list of most valuable 1969 Topps baseball cards.

Instead, what follows are the normal, non-white-letter base cards that sell for the most in PSA 7, as reported in the PSA Sports Market Report Price Guide.

1969 Topps Reggie Jackson Rookie Card (#260)

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The 1969 set is pretty much devoid of big-name rookies, with this one glaring, mustard-covered, hot-dogging exception.

I mean, baseball names didn’t get much bigger than Reggie in the 1970s and early 1980s, and this RC is unusual for the time given that it’s a solo flight.

As Reggie became Mr. October and marched toward the Hall of Fame, this swatch of cardboard became a hobby staple, and today it sells for $400 or more in PSA 7.

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1969 Topps Mickey Mantle (#500)

1969 Topps Mickey Mantle

This is Mantle’s last Topps card, issued just about the time he announced his retirement.

It features a classic shot of The Mick at-bat and has become an iconic image in the hobby.

You can expect to pay close to $400 for a PSA 7 copy.

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1969 Topps Nolan Ryan (#533)

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The 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card is one of the absolute monsters of the hobby, but his 1969 Topps second-year issue is actually a much better baseball card.

For one thing, it’s Ryan’s first solo card.

For another, it’s big and bright, and shows young Nolan to good effect.

And for a third, the burlap is gone.

So, is this all just opinion? Mostly, I guess, but enough folks love this one to make it a $200 card in PSA 7.

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1969 Topps Johnny Bench (#95)

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Like Ryan above, Bench gets his first solo cardboard in the 1969 Topps set, and the card is another winner.

Showing Bench in his crouch, this shot makes the Cincinnati Reds legend look more like an actor playing a catcher, what with his perfect rebel hair and all.

The Topps All-Star Rookie trophy sets things off nicely.

No wonder this thing checks in around $100 in PSA 7.

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1969 Topps Willie Mays (#190)

1969 Topps Willie Mays

In 1966, Topps treated collectors to a smiling image of Mays apparently popping a ball into his glove.

They liked that shot so much — again, apparently — that they brought it back for 1969.

Never mind that, though, because both cards look great, and the 1969 sells for about $80 in graded NM condition.

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1969 Topps Roberto Clemente (#50)

1969 Topps Roberto Clemente

What’s not to love about this card?

The Pirates vest …

The steely stare into the future from a baseball legend …

The perfect blue sky framing Clemente.

All great stuff. And, although I still have trouble with Topps’ use of, “Bob” … that hasn’t kept this card from reaching $65+ in PSA 7.

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1969 Topps Hank Aaron (#100)

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Another holdover photo, this one shows the all-time home run king with his hat sitting high and wary eyes keeping track of something off to his left.

Even with the duplication, it’s a classic snapshot of a man on the verge of a frantic run into history.

For that, expect to pay $65 or so for a PSA 7 specimen.

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1969 Topps Tom Seaver (#480)

1969 Topps Tom Seaver

Yet another repeat photo graces this third-year issue of Tom Terrific, a perfect match to his 1968 second-year piece.

For my money, though, the minimal 1969 design elements, including the yellow “METS” at the card bottom, make this the best of Seaver’s 1960s cards.

Doesn’t hurt that this was the card collectors pulled during the Amazin’ Mets’ amazin’ run to the 1969 World Series championship.

In PSA 7, this one goes for about $65 today.

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1969 Topps Lou Brock (#85)

1969 Topps Lou Brock

There is a ton going on in the photo on this card, from all the intricacies of the Cardinals’ logo, to the netting of the batting cage, to the player (Mike Shannon?) taking hacks behind Brock.

It all works to great effect, though, and the result is a classic card of the Hall of Fame speedster.

This is about a $60 piece in PSA 7 these days.

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1969 Topps Pete Rose (#120)

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Yep, Pete Rose screwed things up to a Biblical degree, but he’s still a legend.

And his cards almost always appear near the top of the value chart for whichever set they appear in

This clean looking 1969 is no exception and usually sells for $50+ in PSA 7.

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1969 Topps Carl Yastrzemski (#130)

1969 Topps Carl Yastrzemski

Yaz was nearly two years removed from his Triple Crown season by the time this 1969 Topps card emerged from wax packs, but he was still one of the monster superstars of the game.

Not much has changed in that regard over the decades, and today this classic follow-through pose brings in $45 or so in PSA 7.

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1969 Topps Rollie Fingers Rookie Card (#597)

1969 Topps Rollie Fingers Rookie Card

We already spilled past our normal “Top 10” with Yaz above, so why not include one more?

Especially since it’s the rookie card of a pitching legend, showing him before his patented handlebar took over his face.

Fingers shares this RC with Bob Floyd and Larry Burchart, which doesn’t seem to have affected the pasteboard’s value much one way or another.

It’s a $40+ item in PSA 7.

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1969 Topps Mickey Mantle White Letter Variation (#500)

1969 Topps White Letter Mickey Mantle

And since we’ve already blown way past our limit here, we’ll break our own rules and include this “white letter” Mantle as an honorable mention.

You won’t find many of these error cards on the market, but when you do, even a PSA 7 copy can set you back $3000 or more.

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