Lot # 170: “UNIQUE” 1966 Topps #300 Signed Roberto Clemente w/a “Best Wishes” Inscription – PSA 7 NM AUTO GRADE – THE SOLE EXAMPLE ON THE PSA “POP” CHART!

Category: Autographs

Starting Bid: $4,000.00

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Item was in Auction "Summer 2022 Auction",
which ran from 8/18/2022 12:00 PM to
9/10/2022 7:00 PM

(LOT 170)
"UNIQUE" 1966 Topps #300 Signed Roberto Clemente w/a "Best Wishes" Inscription PSA 7 NM AUTO GRADE - THE SOLE EXAMPLE ON THE PSA "POP" CHART!

Total Autographed Pop: 1; Total "Un-Signed" Pop: 3,015; Var.% (Signed vs. Un-Signed Pop): 0.03%
This remarkable Roberto Clemente signed Topps cards collection just happens to offer four separate subjects that are "unique" for their respective years, boasting incredible PSA "Pop 1" census report counts. One of those four supreme rarities is this 1966 Topps #300 autographed Clemente marvel that just happens to include a likewise ultra-scarce 'Best Wishes" inscription without any personalization. Indeed folks, this is the SOLE scripted Clemente 1966 Topps card of the 3,000+ examples handled by the prestigious grading company! PSA has graded the fine blue ink "Roberto Clemente" script a "7 NM", and along with the additional 'Pop 1" 1959 Topps subject also being offered as part of this world-class Clemente collection, this "one of a kind" heirloom stands as one of Roberto Clemente's most formidable signed mementos.

The 1966 campaign would result in Clemente capturing his only N.L. MVP Award, with the hard-hitting outfielder posting a spectacular .317 batting average while blasting 29 homers and for the first time in his illustrious career, knocking in over 100 runs (119 R.B.I.s). While the card itself emanates solid VG+ aesthetics via its bright hues and relatively clean surfaces that have eluded any glaring flaws, the most critical aspect is the timeless "Best Wishes - Roberto Clemente" PSA 7 ink autograph that places it as the only known example of its kind. Its utmost rarity stems from Clemente's sudden death at the tender age of 38; killed in a tragic plane crash on December 31, 1972 in a benevolent attempt to deliver critical supplies to Nicaragua earthquake victims. Momentous to say the least, its unequivocal PSA "Pop 1" status merits this miraculous keepsake cardboard Hall of Fame stature and a permanent place in Cooperstown, New York!

MIN BID $4,000

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