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    1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 PSA NM-MT+ 8.5. A card that exudes greatness from every fiber, this debut-year portrayal of Roberto Clemente is the hobby's favorite memento of the future Cooperstown enshrinee. With its photo-quality portrait, a glimpse of the outfielder's batting stance, and an artful background of dark green fading to light, the viewer of this superb gum card -- even without the benefit of historical perspective -- would have been bound to recognize the subject's importance. Why? Superficially, Clemente's card isn't physically partitioned from the also-rans with which it shares a motif -- the collectibles of Tom Casagrande and Jack Parks, for instance, whose noteworthiness extended to inclusion in '55 Topps and little else -- but it carries an unmistakable grandeur that's immediately apparent. It's all about the intangibles and, with a well-earned nod to the rock-solid stature that Clemente would go on to build, this collectible has those in abundance.

    Significantly, this is the lone Clemente rookie example -- among more than a hundred cards assessed at the NM-MT 8 plateau -- to be meritoriously granted PSA's half-grade "bump" in deference to eye appeal. Though a dozen copies accounted-for in the item's expansive, 2,409-piece census place nominally higher, the offered specimen commands kudos for its luscious, beacon-like presentation and its wholly uncirculated character. As expected, the card's corners and centering adhere to a superior standard, and deliberately intense scrutiny discloses a paucity of the print specks that sometimes plague the issue. Here's an extremely attractive Clemente rookie, the only one in the world able to claim grading accolades at its level.


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