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

1955 Topps Roberto Clemente Image

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.

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1962 TOPPS ROBERTO CLEMENTE #10 PIRATES VG+ (ref 1978)
$38.95
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ROBERTO CLEMENTE 1998 TOPPS CLEMENTE #15 GRADED CARD GEM MINT 9.5
$24.99
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1971 MILK DUDS ROBERTO CLEMENTE SP EXMT D2126
$60.00
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1969 TOPPS #50 ROBERTO CLEMENTE PIRATES
$25.00
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2014 Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates HOF Baseball 1 1 ACEO Sketch Card By:Q
$14.99
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1966 Topps HOF ROBERTO 'BOB' CLEMENTE #300 Baseball Card
$13.27
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1972 Topps Baseball # 226 World Series Game 4 Roberto Clemente Cards
$38.00
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1972 Topps #309 Roberto Clemente
$40.00
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HOF ROBERTO CLEMENTE 1965 TOPPS BASEBALL CARD PITTSBURGH PIRATES
$29.95
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Roberto Clemente 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Hall of Fame Heroes (No Canvas) Card
$15.00
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Roberto Clemente 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Hall of Fame Heroes Framed Red Card
$10.00
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2014 Allen & Ginter Roberto Clemente Yellow Printing Plate 1 1 For SP #378
$299.99
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Roberto Clemente 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Hall of Fame Heroes (Framed Green)
$10.00
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Roberto Clemente In Action Pittsburgh Pirates 1972 Topps BVG 4.5
$25.00
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Roberto Clemente PSA 8 Topps Finest 1998 Baseball Pittsburgh Pirates
$25.00
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1977-79 Sportscaster Series 32 #3201 The 3000 Hit Club Roberto Clemente Pirates
$15.00
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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 Image

 

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 Signed Baseball Photographs:

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Roberto Clemente Cut Signature Pricing:

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PIRATES ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED ONL GILES SPALDING BASEBALL PSA DNA #V12376
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Pittsburgh Pirates Roberto Clemente Signed Baseball Autograph Auto JSA Certified
$999.95
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Roberto Clemente Signed Autograph PSA DNA 8x10 Photo
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Roberto Clemente & Others Signed PSA DNA Baseball Auto
$1,999.99
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Flawless Roberto Clemente Autographed Signed 5x7 Cut - PSA DNA Authenticated
$715.00
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1961 PIRATES BALL AUTOGRAPHED 9 SIGNED ROBERTO CLEMENTE & WILLIE STARGELL JSA
$841.00
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1971-72 ROBERTO CLEMENTE PITTSBURGH PIRATES SIGNED RARE PICTURE PACK PHOTO JSA
$2,000.00
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Roberto Clemente Signed 1 3 4" x 3'' Magazine Photo - Full JSA LOA Y08397
$1,100.00
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ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA MULTISIGNED SHEET AUTO PO8680
$1,999.99
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Roberto Clemente Single Signed GameUsed HomeRunBall PSA
$9,999.00
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PIRATES ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTO GRADED 8! PSA #U04322
$6,999.99
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1961 PIRATES (26) ROBERTO CLEMENTE, MAZEROSKI SIGNED ONL BASEBALL PSA #V02192
$2,799.99
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1956 56 PIRATES SIGNED TEAM BALL BASEBALL ROBERTO BOB CLEMENTE JSA AUTOGRAPHED
$2,799.00
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RALPH KINER PIRATES SIGNED AUTO ROBERTO CLEMENTE PSA DNA FDC JACKIE ROBINSON
$27.50
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1964 PITTSBURGH PIRATES TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL BILL MAZEROSKI ROBERTO CLEMENTE JSA
$2,250.00
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MAGNIFICENT ROBERTO CLEMENTE SINGLE SIGNED BASEBALL PSA DNA & JSA COA HOF AUTO
$24,995.00
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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?

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