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    1968 Topps 3-D Roberto Clemente Test PSA Gem Mint 10. The same year that Tom Wolfe shook up the literary world with his famous volume, "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test," documenting Ken Kesey and his band of Merry Prankster's adventures with LSD and other psychedelics, the good folks at Topps were engaged in a far less controversial approach in expanding the visual boundaries of its clientele. The offered relic represents a quantum leap forward in the field, providing a thoroughly "trippy" three-dimensional component through the burgeoning field of lenticular imagery.

    The typically blank reverse bears printed text here that speaks to its elite significance as a test proof never intended for public sale. Approximately one hundred of these proof cards--including several Clementes--entered the hobby in 1999, sold to a dealer by a member of the original production team. This Gem Mint example of the set's key entry was, of course, the most signficant component thereof.

    Heritage set a new world record just a year ago when a Mint 9 example of Clemente's 1955 Topps rookie commanded a winning bid of $478,000, one of eleven assessed at that elite grade. The offered memento of the tragic Hall of Famer is nearly twice as scarce, thoroughly pristine, and considered by many to be the most important and desirable trading card of its decade.


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