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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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