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 MLB 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 RCs, Clemente does have two other early options, including 1947-66 Exhibits #44 and 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

1970 Topps #350 Roberto Clemente EX HOF Pittsburg Pirates
$29.95

1962 TOPPS # 10 ROBERTO CLEMENTE PIRATES PSA 6 EX-MT 214180 (KYCARDS)
$109.00

1971 Topps Set Break #630 Roberto Clemente EX-EXMINT u28422
$55.55

1971 Topps Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates #630 Baseball Card
$80.00

Roberto Clemente Lot of 27 Card 2006 Topps Rookie Of The Week Pittsburgh Pirates
$10.50

1966 Topps #300 Roberto Clemente EX EX+
$10.29

∎ 1968 TOPPS baseball card ROBERTO CLEMENTE #150 **HIGH-END**
$152.50

2 2012 Topps Archives Roberto Clemente
$16.10

2002 02 DONRUSS DIAMOND KINGS ROBERTO CLEMENTE DIAMOND CUT GAME USED BAT 165 300
$89.99

1973 TOPPS # 50 ROBERTO CLEMENTE BASEBALL CARD EX-MT
$25.95

1963 Topps Baseball #18 BUC BLASTERS w ROBERTO CLEMENTE SGC 50
$26.88

2016 Panini Flawless Baseball Roberto Clemente Material Greats Gold, #'d 8 10
$86.72

1973-1980 TCMA Greats Postcard ROBERTO CLEMENTE Warren Giles, Pirates, Scarce!
$295.00

ROBERTO CLEMENTE 2013 TOPPS MANUFACTURED TOPPS CARD PATCH
$15.15

1970 RARE ROBERTO CLEMENTE 1970 TOPPS SUPER SQUARE BLANK BACK PROOF PSA A POP 7
$1,299.00

1959 Topps Roberto Clemente # 478 PSA 6 (Bob Clemente)
$100.00
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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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Top eBay Listings

ROBERTO CLEMENTE Signed Autographed 1960 World Series Game 4 Ticket PSA DNA
$2,999.00

Roberto Clemente Signed Autographed 2x4 Framed Album Page JSA Authentic
$1,299.99

Roberto Clemente & Others Baseball Signed Autographed JSA Y08128 6 Sigs Stargell
$1,999.00

Roberto Clemente signed Pittsburgh Pirate 1958 Big League Book COA from PSA DNA
$2,250.00

ROBERTO CLEMENTE JSA SIGNED INDEX CARD AUTOGRAPH CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC HOF, RARE
$1,250.00

1968 PITTSBURGH PIRATES TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL ROBERTO CLEMENTE 22 AUTOS PSA AUTH
$1,600.00

Roberto Clemente Signed Cancelled Check PSA DNA AUTH
$6,770.00

Roberto Clemente Dual Signed Check PSA DNA AUTHENTIC
$8,615.00

1962 PITTSBURGH PIRATES TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL WITH ROBERTO CLEMENTE, JSA
$1,295.00

Roberto Clemente SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED 1968 Pacemakers Cut JSA LOA 26 AUTO L. GROVE
$1,999.99

1970 PITTSBURGH PIRATES TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL ROBERTO CLEMENTE 25 AUTOS JSA
$1,500.00

1972 PITTSBURGH PIRATES Team Signed Autographed Baseball JSA ROBERTO CLEMENTE ++
$2,155.50

Beautiful Roberto Clemente Single Signed Autographed Baseball JSA Mint Signature
$11,995.00

ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PROGRAM - JSA #Y06590
$2,500.00

1965 PITTSBURGH PIRATES TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL ROBERTO CLEMENTE 26 AUTOS JSA
$1,600.00

ROBERTO CLEMENTE PITTSBURGH PIRATES 4.5X6 SIGNED ALBUM PAGE JSA AUTHENTIC AUTO
$2,500.00
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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.

  5. I do not agree that the two items you list in the article were actually distributed before his rookie card. Both of those issues are lumped into a group of cards that were issued between those years. Clemente’s photo used for his exhibit card wasn’t taken until 1960. It is the same image used for the 1961 team issue. It is more likely that those you have listed came out after 1960 and that fits in the group of years for those issues. Clemente hadn’t really come into his own as a good player until 1960 really.

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