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

1972 TOPPS #309 ROBERTO CLEMENTE PIRATES BVG 7 NM 214281
$56.00

1968 TOPPS #480 ROBERTO CLEMENTE TONY OLIVA PSA 6 EX-MT 214257
$69.00

ROBERTO CLEMENTE 1959 TOPPS BASEBALL #478 PSA 6 **FRESH SET BREAK**
$115.00

1971 Kellogg's Roberto Clemente #5 Pittsburgh Pirates Card, Ungraded
$57.50

1970 Topps Roberto Clemente #350 VINTAGE PIRATES STAR HOF $60 HBV VG
$29.50

Roberto Clemente 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini A&G Back BGS 9.5 - POP 1 Pirates
$29.95

2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic Memorabilia Roberto Clemente Pirates CM-CL
$55.00

ACEO 2014 ROBERTO CLEMENTE 5X7 CARICATURE ART SKETCH CARD LE 1 10 ARTIST SIGNED
$35.00

ROBERTO CLEMENTE 1956 TOPPS #33 2nd year white back
$375.00

1955 Topps Roberto Clemente ROOKIE RC #164 YOU GRADE
$7,995.00

ROBERTO CLEMENTE PITTSBURGH PIRATES 1994 ACTION PACKED # 68 GRADED 10
$19.04

ROBERTO CLEMENTE PITTSBURGH PIRATES 2001 UPPER DECK LEGENDS # 83 GRADED 10
$19.04

1960 Topps Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates #326 Baseball Card
$29.99

1968 Topps #1 Batting Leaders Roberto Clemente Near MINT
$22.95

2005 UPPER DECK BASEBALL HEROES #167 - ROBERTO CLEMENTE - RED PARALLEL SP #68 75
$29.99

1958 TOPPS Baseball #52 ROBERTO CLEMENTE PITTSBURGH PIRATES HOF PSA 3
$81.21
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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

 

Top eBay Listings

ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED JSA CERTIFIED BIO PAGE AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$1,100.00

RARE 1950'S ROBERTO CLEMENTE EARLY CAREER SIGNED BASEBALL JSA COA HALL OF FAME
$2,295.00

Roberto Clemente Signed Autograph PSA DNA 8x10 Photo
$1,999.99

Roberto Clemente & Others Signed PSA DNA Baseball Auto
$1,999.99

1959 PITTSBURGH PIRATES TEAM SIGNED MLB DOCUMENT ROBERTO CLEMENTE FRAMED JSA
$3,250.00

ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA MULTISIGNED SHEET AUTO PO8680
$1,999.99

Roberto Clemente Autographed Signed 1x4 Cut Signature PSA DNA #83722332
$1,199.00

1984 Harmon Killebrew SIGNED Roberto Clemente 1st Day Issue PSA DNA-MN TWINS
$24.99

1984 WARREN SPAHN SIGNED Roberto Clemente 1st Day Issue PSA COA- BRAVES
$24.99

Walt Alston Signed 1984 Roberto Clemente FDC Cachet Cover Autographed PSA
$54.99

Lefty Gomez (d.89) Signed 1984 Roberto Clemente FDC Cachet Cover Autographed PSA
$54.99

Lefty Gomez (d.89) Signed 1984 Roberto Clemente FDC Cachet Cover Autographed PSA
$39.99

Roberto Clemente Cut Autograph Signed Baseball PSA DNA ONL Ball
$1,200.00

MAGNIFICENT ROBERTO CLEMENTE SINGLE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED BASEBALL PSA
$17,995.00

1966 PITTSBURGH PIRATES Team Signed Autographed Baseball JSA ROBERTO CLEMENTE
$1,276.00

1970 Pittsburgh Pirates Roberto Clemente Signed team ball JSA letter
$750.00
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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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