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    1956 Topps Roberto Clemente, White Back #33 PSA Mint 9 - None Higher. Roberto Clemente lived a hero to the thousands of Pittsburgh fans as a physical wonder who possessed an enormous amount of natural talent and an obvious passion for the game. He died a hero to the people of Nicaragua for his selfless efforts to help the poor and impoverish after a devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake and a pair of aftershocks that claimed 6,000 lives and left 250,000 homeless, his body forever lost at sea following the crash of his overloaded earthquake relief plane in the coastal waters of his native Puerto Rico. Already guaranteed baseball immortality through his eighteen brilliant seasons of Major League service and his newly-minted key to the 3,000 Hit Clubhouse, Roberto Clemente achieved the closest thing to baseball sainthood that tragic last day of 1972.

    Cards and collectibles bearing his likeness are treasured mementos. From the earliest years of his career he offer one of the finest examples of what is his 2nd Topps card from 1956. It is hard to believe this "White Stock" variant earns sexagenarian status as it appears as magnificent today as it must have so many summers ago. Colors, gloss, surfaces, corners, even centering is utter perfection. Graded PSA Mint 9 and we can't imagine anyone doubting that assessment. The PSA census shows 18 submissions have earned a "Mint" label. Exactly how many of those are White Backs is impossible to tell as that number includes those graded without any stock specification. None have graded higher. With a card this impressive the stock used is really irrelevant. If you are a Clemente fan who wants nothing but the best for his/her collection, your search is over.


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    Auction Dates
    February, 2016
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 24
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