1962 Topps #10 Roberto Clemente PSA 9 MINT - Only One PSA Example Graded Higher!
MINT 1962 TOPPS ROBERTO!!! Fresh off the heels of his first NL batting crown in 1961, Roberto Clemente would post another formidable mark in 1962, batting .312 while also capturing his second Gold Glove Award. The star right fielder with the cannon throwing arm was now one of the finest outfielders in the game, joining the likes of Mays, Aaron, Mantle, Frank Robinson, Maris, and Kaline. The prestigious Topps Chewing Gum Co. issued a highly coveted image of Roberto on his 1962 #10 subject, capturing the immortal Clemente in a classic batting stance while offering a modest grin. Although PSA's card graders have handled a whopping 5,400 examples, only a single PSA 10 has managed to best this absolutely pristine-looking PSA 9 MINT 1962 Topps #10 Clemente, proudly sharing the distinction of being the finest of its kind with a mere twenty other specimens!
Trying to find any 1962 Topps subject with virtually immaculate wood grain borders as well as perfect centering is a near-impossible task, yet this timeless keepsake just happens to check both those boxes, defying all odds to present itself as one of the foremost examples extant. No wonder this EXACT SAME CARD sold for a record-setting $41K in a May 2022 public auction, with its crystal-clear Clemente batting image, impeccable surfaces, and blisteringly sharp pinpoint corners also contributing to the hallowed assessment. One of the most condition-sensitive post-WWII cards, along with the 1971 Topps ultra-fragile subjects, this extraordinary offering has stubbornly defied the past 61 years to present itself in rarely found pack-fresh condition!
MIN BID $10,000