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    1972 Roberto Clemente Signed Personal Check. PSA/DNA MINT 9.

    UPDATE: The check was submitted for PSA grading after the catalog went to print, and has received a Mint 9 rating.

    The tragic Hall of Famer's autograph could not be considered "common" in any format, but collectors of signed checks have been bedeviled for decades by the scarcity of these official documents. Perhaps two or three will change hands at auction each year, but here we encounter the finest of that supply, Clemente's blue ink rating a stellar 10/10 on a check free of any folds, tears or stains.

    The date of "May 10, 1972" and the "Atlanta Motor Hotel" stamped payee correspond, as expected, to the last of a two-game series at the Braves' Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Seventy dollars is paid from the star outfielder's "Mellon National Bank and Trust Company, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania" account.

    Clemente led the unsuccessful Pirates charge this day, going three for four with a double in the eight to four defeat. Just eight months later, the newly initiated member of the 3,000 Hit Club would perish at sea, bringing an end to one of the game's most brilliant careers, and securing Clemente's status as one of the toughest autographs of post-war Hall of Famers. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.


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    August, 2011
    4th Thursday
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