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    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.


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    Auction Dates
    August, 2018
    18th-19th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 17
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