Roberto Clemente Cards, Rookie Card and Autographed Memorabilia Guide

Roberto Clemente

Date of Birth: 8/18/1934
Rookie Card Year: 1955
Investment Rating: 8.0


Overview

Roberto Clemente is widely considered one of the greatest outfielders in Major League history and has long been a collector favorite. All vintage Roberto Clemente cards are highly coveted, particularly those in stellar condition. Even many of his newer cards continue to find an audience with collectors, especially those with memorabilia and cut signatures.

The Hall of Famer's life and career were cut short following a tragic plane crash in 1972. Clemente was on his way to help earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Clemente finished his career with exactly 3,000 hits. He also helped lead the Pirates to a 1971 World Series win. Because of his untimely death, there are very little autographed materials available. A native of Puerto Rico, Clemente was also known to be reluctant to sign autographs in his playing days.

Like Sandy Koufax, Roberto Clemente's lone rookie card is in 1955 Topps Baseball. However, the Roberto Clemente card checks in at almost double the value of the Koufax. Despite not being true RC's, Clemente does have two other cards that were distributed prior to his official rookie card. They are 1947-66 Exhibits #44, and the 1947-66 PM10 Stadium Pins #33.

Roberto Clemente Rookie Cards

1955 Topps Roberto Clemente RC#164

Roberto Clemente's 1955 Topps rookie card is the clear-cut winner from the classic set. The horizontal card has a profile shot of Clemente. His smile comes across more like a grimace. The Roberto Clemente card also him in a hunched batting stance and a Pirates logo that does not seem to go with the design. Centering issues are a major problem for the card. Professionally graded copies in mint condition are extremely rare.

Top eBay Listings

Roberto Clemente 2014 Topps Card #wsp-rc Error Upside Down Patch
$150.00

Roberto Clemente 2014 National Treasures "Arriba" Jersey 10 10 Pirates 1 1 WOW
$67.00

2001 UPPER DECK SP ROBERTO CLEMENTE PIRATES HOF LEGENDARY CUTS BAT CARD MINT
$25.00

1959 Topps HIGH # 543 Corsair Outfield Trio (Clemente) HOF - EX FREE SHIPPING
$58.00

1992 PM Cards Fine Gold Rawlings Series 3 Roberto Clemente Serial No. 525
$51.00

2013 Topps Update ROBERTO CLEMENTE 1971 Topps Mini BAT relic # 25 Pirates
$69.99

1968 topps #1 NL League Leaders roberto clemente psa 9 oc (587) matty alou
$125.00

1962 Topps Stamp Panels: Roberto Clemente and Elston Howard PSA 8 (OC) NM-MT
$65.00

1958 Topps #52 Roberto Clemente HOF Pittsburgh Pirates PSA Graded 3 (MC) VG
$17.67

1969 Topps Roberto Clemente #50 PSA 7 Pirates HOF Clean Card
$61.51

1963 Topps - Buc Blasters #18 Roberto Clemente - EX MT PLUS
$35.95

2012 Topps Roberto Clemente Historical Stitches Commemorative Patch
$19.99

1961 Topps #388 Roberto Clemente Pirates GAI 8 = SGC 88
$225.00

1966 Topps Roberto Clemente #300 - Pirates - Ex+ - C602
$85.00

1960 Topps Roberto Clemente #326 -Pittsburgh Pirates - Ex+ - CS2044
$100.00

1959 Topps Corsair Outfield Trio (Clemente) #543 Hi# - ExMt NM (o c) - CS4059
$80.00
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Autograph Guide

Roberto Clemente Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide

Below you will find an example of what Roberto Clemente's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company.

Roberto Clemente Cut Signature Exemplar:

Roberto Clemente Cut Signature Example

 

Roberto Clemente Key Signature Attributes: Great caution should be practiced when looking to purchase authentic Roberto Clemente autographed memorabilia. His untimely death, at an early age, created an obvious shortage of material to meet demand. As a result, Clemente's signature is regularly forged. An authentic Roberto Clemente signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. Regardless of  the type of item or when it was signed, look for the following signature features:

  1. The signature is written with a well crafted elegance, in cursive with Latin influences.
  2. The first letter, "R" resembles something close to a "B", he would often sign "Bob" instead of "Roberto" - The "R" looks like a "3" woth a round oval at the bottom; two small circles to the left are very unique.
  3. The letters "o-b-e-r-t-0" are fluid; the "o" and "b" are both left slightly open.
  4. The pen lifts to start the "e" which is implied more than legible.
  5. The "r" is discernible, while the "t" is on crossed.
  6. The last "o" is unusually written high on the signing plane and very small.
  7. The "C" resembles what might also be mistaken as an "E" with two small loops and a trailing tail down and to the left.
  8. The pen lifts and draws the "l" as a straight line, albeit on an angle.
  9. The "e"'s in the last name are different, with the first resembling the second  "r" in of his first name.
  10. The letters "m-e-n" are legible with the "e" being somewhat implied.
  11. The pen lifts again for another uncrossed "t" with a curlycue at the bottom and then a small dash line to finish the signature.

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Roberto Clemente Cut Signature

 

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1965 65 PIRATES SIGNED TEAM BASEBALL ROBERTO CLEMENTE PSA DNA V11299 AUTOGRAPHED
$1,199.00

Roberto Clemente Exception Signed COLOR 8x11 Photo PSA DNA
$3,499.99

MAGNIFICENT ROBERTO CLEMENTE SINGLE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL PSA
$15,995.00

1960 WSC Pirates Team Signed Baseball 21 AUTO 's w Roberto Clemente HOF JSA LOA
$203.09

1961 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Signed Baseball AUTO Roberto Clemente HOF JSA LOA
$91.00

Roberto Clemente Signed 18x24 Poster AUTO Framed 20x26 PSA DNA LOA Pirates HOF
$898.00

Roberto Clemente Signed 1x3 Cut AUTO w 3x5 Index Card JSA LOA Pirates HOF
$214.50

ROBERTO CLEMENTE PSA GRADED 3 TOPPS 1957 SIGNED CARD #76 PSA DNA AUTOGRAPH RARE!
$5,995.00

1966 PITTSBURGH PIRATES Team Signed Autographed Baseball JSA ROBERTO CLEMENTE
$1,355.75

Roberto Clemente Signed Onl Giles Baseball Auto Graded Gem Mint 10! PSA #W03187
$24,999.99

ROBERTO CLEMENTE PITTSBURGH PIRATES SINGLE SIGNED WARREN GILES BASEBALL JSA
$5,750.00

1955 PIRATES SIGNED TEAM BALL BASEBALL ROBERTO BOB CLEMENTE JSA AUTOGRAPHED RC
$2,499.00

Roberto Clemente autograph signed cut PSA DNA with baseball cards display
$2,999.99

Roberto Clemente Signed Autographed 1x3 Signature PSA DNA NM 8
$1,799.99

ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO 83182331
$1,999.99

ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA AUTO 8804
$1,999.99
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User Comments

  1. I have 6 original Clemente cards I need to part with. They are as follows: 1957#76, 1958 #52, 1959 #478, 1969 #50, 1970 #350, 1973 #50. All are in good or better condition. What are the values of these cards? I would like to sell them ASAP.

  2. I have a 1969 NL batting champions card with Pete Rose, Roberto Clemente and Cleon Jones on the card. Rose and Clemente have signed the card. Is there any value to this card?

  3. I have a set of 4 glasses commemorating a special event in Roberto’s life. 12 All Star Games, 4 Times Batting Champ, 3000 Hits, 12 Gold Gloves on the back. Different drawings of Clemente on the front.They were issued by Eat’n and Park a Pittsburgh diner. What might be the value of this set?

  4. My dad has a Clemente card/picture that he obtained at a game played at Forbes Field when he was a boy. It looks like the one listed above the text:(Roberto Clemente Cut Signature Pricing) on your web page. I believe he got his signature as well. What kind of value is it worth. We are huge Pirate fans and I don’t know where to get a estimated value. It will most likely be passed down to me, unless he run into a financial hardship. Thanks for the help.

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