Lot # 86: 1959 Topps #478 Roberto Clemente PSA 9 MINT – Highest Graded Example!

Category: 1950-1959

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 9 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Winter Rarities '23 Auction",
which ran from 12/10/2022 12:00 PM to
1/7/2023 7:00 PM

(LOT 86)
1959 Topps #478 Roberto Clemente PSA 9 MINT – Highest Graded Example!

Roberto Clemente played the game as well as any outfielder who ever graced a baseball field, with this five-tool Hall of Famer residing as one of our National Pastime's most iconic all-time superstars. That said, what card could better exemplify this eloquent legend than one that stands as the finest of its kind, which is the exact hallowed stature of this PSA 9 MINT 1959 Topps #478 masterpiece. Indeed, PSA has encapsulated over 6,500 examples with NONE achieving the perfect 10 assessment. While Clemente was certainly a sensational all-around player who accumulated exactly 3,000 lifetime hits, similar to Lou Gehrig, Clemente's legacy is predominantly related to his sudden death when he was tragically killed after the 1972 season due to a horrific plane crash, with the heroic Clemente attempting to assist earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

His list of accomplishments is absolutely remarkable including a .317 lifetime batting average, 3,000 career hits, the 1966 regular season MVP award, four batting titles, and 12 consecutive gold glove awards. The pinnacle 9 MINT grade assessment is justified by Clemente's impeccable portrait image enclosed within a radiant-yellow background. Atypical virtually dead-on 50/50 centering between four super clean borders is a near-impossible achievement with most 1959 subjects exhibiting skewed images. Brilliant surfaces, pinpoint corners, and crystal-clear clarity are the final superlatives justifying its rightful MINT grade. Clemente's unequivocal legacy is cemented in stone, and this PSA 9 museum worthy keepsake is truly synonymous to his unparalleled heroism that will surely stand the test of time!

MIN BID $5,000

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