Description1971 Roberto Clemente Signed Personal Check, PSA/DNA Authentic. 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, and this one that was written to Clemente's wife presents a solid ball-point signature.
The date of "July 25, 1971" and "Vera Clemente" ("Atlanta Marriott Motor Hotel" stamped over her name) are likewise written in Clemente's strong hand. Check was written to provide his wife with $100 in cash during the couple's stay in Atlanta.
A little more than a year after writing this check, 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. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA, Authentic.
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