1955 Topps #164 Roberto Clemente Rookie - SGC NM 84

Sold For: $1,528

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 668

Item Year: 1955

Category: Postwar Baseball Cards (1948-present)

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Graded NM 84 by SGC. Stellar pack-fresh example of this classic rookie card featuring Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente. Every short list of the most popular and classic of all 1950s baseball cards includes the Clemente rookie. This is a stunning example. When we sent this in for grading, we were hoping it might be worthy of a NM+ or better. It is certainly a very strong NM 84. The card exhibits vibrant colors, four razor-sharp corners, perfect registration, and no print lines whatsoever. The image is centered just slightly to the bottom left (approximately 40/60 L/R and 55/45 T/B), which is particularly exceptional for this card, which is so often subject to extremely serious centering problems. Perfectly crisp and clean, both front and back, and with perfect gloss. This is a tremendous high-grade example of Roberto Clemente’s rookie card, one of the most important of all classic 1950s cards. The equivalent SMR value for the assigned grade is $2,200. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.
SOLD FOR $1,528

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