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    1968 Topps 3-D Test Roberto Clemente PSA Gem Mint 10 - Population Six. Offered is one of the most sought-after trading cards of the 1960s. This Bob Clemente card originates from a Topps test issue of a twelve-card set that has a 3-D presentation. As Topps sometimes did, the test issue was only distributed around the area of New York City. The set was never intended for a full public release. The 3-D effect is caused by a blurred background and a thin plastic covering over the front of the 2 - 1/4" by 3 - 1/2" cards. The cards have a blank back. It is thought that approximately 100 of these Clemente 3-D cards were released in a 1999 transaction by a former member of the set's production team. Of the 12 players in the set, the cards of Ron Fairly, Boog Powell, Jim Maloney, Rusty Staub, and Curt Flood have variations because of different cropping of the photos.

    The value of the card rests upon a few factors. First, there was Roberto Clemente's great career. The Hall of Fame right fielder played 18 seasons, all with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He finished his baseball life with exactly 3,000 hits and a lifetime average of .317. Second, the card's condition and overall scarcity. Topps found that producing the 3-D cards was just too expensive, and so the test release didn't lead to larger production. And last but not least, it is one of the coolest looking cards ever produced! Graded PSA Gem Mint 10. One of only six graded Gem Mint from a total population of only sixty, a tiny census for cards of this decade.


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