Today’s Awesome Find: 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente Rookie Card

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I love the Roberto Clemente Rookie Card. Not sure why but perhaps because I have had a storied past with this card. When he shows his face, he is like the prodigal son returning home.

Back in the early 1990s, I bought a large collection that had five Clementes and four Koufax Rookies.  I remember going to the East Coast National Show in White Plains and selling the entire collection for like $3500.00.  It felt really good …for like a half-hour and then I realized I might never see that many Clemente Rookie cards again. And then I had real remorse. Sure,  I told myself what do I need all those Clemente cards? they are a dime a dozen! Nothing special here.  I half-halfheartedly convinced myself that if one collection like that could along, certainly another and another would find its way to my store.  Well, in the 28 years I have had a sports card shop in Boston, it never happened again. In fact in that time, I have probably purchased a total of six Roberto Clemente Rookies; a mere half dozen. So you can see, when Roberto comes back to visit,  I do not take him for granted.  He gets the special treatment he deserves.

The card we just purchased is affordable and aesthetically pleasing to the eye.  Great color, sharp focus, well-centered. Heavy vertical crease on the left edge ( I could just see it now, someone pushing this card into the wrong sized nine pocket plastic sheet and the card got bent on the top. Ugh!). Overall Grade GOOD. Price $450.00.

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