Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    A glorious example of one of the post-war era's most essential entries

    1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 PSA NM-MT+ 8.5.
    He gave his Pittsburgh fans the pleasure of witnessing his 3,000th career hit before giving his life in a tragic airplane accident during the subsequent off-season while on a humanitarian aid mission to Nicaragua. Like the noble Lou Gehrig before him, baseball waived the standard five-year waiting period for Hall of Fame enshrinement, honoring the fallen twelve-time Gold Glover along with Monte Irvin, George Kelly and Warren Spahn as members of the 1973 induction class.

    It all began here, during the 1955 season that would introduce not only one of the sport's greatest players, but one of its greatest men. Clemente is one of two elite stars to make his debut in this important issue, the first Topps breed to feature a landscape format. Sandy Koufax, the other key rookie of the set, is more than five times as common at this grade. Only a dozen Clemente representations rate an unqualified Mint 9 or better, less than half the equivalent population from the Dodgers southpaw.

    Centering is the most common stumbling block for this issue, but the offered specimen offers impressive balance to match its nearly pristine state of preservation, supplying the aesthetics of a card well in line with the dozen in the PSA population rating higher. Our last offering of this card at this grade, in November 2016, saw the winning bid registered at $167,300.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 17
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,445

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 33 days left to consign to the 2019 September 19 The David Hall T206 Collection Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction !

    Learn about consigning with us

    From the outset and my initial contact with you at Heritage I have been treated courteously. You have taken extra care in assuring me that the experience would be a positive one.
    Samuel Finz,
    Philomont, VA
    View More Testimonials

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 May 30  1915 Cracker Jack PSA Set Registry Auction - Dallas
    2019 May 30 1915 Cracker Jack PSA Set Registry Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,406,927