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.

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SC1) 1965 Topps #160 Roberto Clemente Pirates All Time Great HOF Immortal
$49.95

ROBERTO CLEMENTE 1998 TOPPS INSERT LOT OF 6 !!!
$49.99

1965 Topps #160 Bob Roberto Clemente PSA 7.5 NM+ Pittsburgh Pirates
$176.40

1998 Topps Roberto Clemente Reprints & Inserts Just Picked 6 card Lot MINT
$33.00

Metallic Impressions Roberto Clemente Embossed Cards
$10.99

1972-TOPPS #-309=ROBERTO CLEMENTE=PIRATES=NICE CONDITION
$20.59

1973 TOPPS # 50 ROBERTO CLEMENTE PIRATES VG-EX 264654
$16.00

1969 Topps 12-Stamp (Stamps) Panel (Roberto Clemente; Ernie Banks) PSA
$100.00

1966 East Hills Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates Card NM+
$39.00

1969 69 OPC O-Pee-Chee Roberto Clemente Deckle Edge Card PSA 7
$99.99

1962 Topps Roberto Clemente #10 Pirates Ex MT Condition
$80.00

1967 TOPPS BOB ROBERTO CLEMENTE #400 PSA MINT 9 O C PSA 9 SMR $1200+
$427.49

1957 TOPPS #76 BOB ROBERTO CLEMENTE PSA MINT 9 O C BLAZER PIRATES
$854.99

1964 TOPPS #440 BOB "ROBERTO" CLEMENTE PSA MINT 9 O C SHARP PIRATES
$474.99

1962 Post #173 Roberto Clemente card
$19.99

1969 Roberto Clemente Deckle Edge 27 of 30 NM --LOOK--
$22.25
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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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Roberto Clemente Autographed Signed Twice Index Card Graded 10 PSA DNA #81529092
$6,499.00

1958 PITTSBURGH PIRATES TEAM SIGNED BASEBALL ROBERTO CLEMENTE +26 JSA RED PEN
$1,750.00

Roberto Clemente Autographed Signed Spalding NL Baseball PSA DNA #V02934
$11,950.00

Roberto Clemente Autograph Baseball 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Signed JSA LOA
$650.00

1956 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Signed Giles Baseball 27 Autos Roberto Clemente JSA
$2,495.95

ROBERTO CLEMENTE AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PSA DNA AUTO 83017125
$1,999.99

ROBERTO CLEMENTE AUTOGRAPHED COLOR MAGAZINE PHOTO PSA DNA!! SIGNED AUTO
$2,000.00

STEVE CARLTON PSA DNA SIGNED ROBERTO CLEMENTE FIRST DAY COVER 1984
$27.50

Roberto Clemente Signed 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates Program Bold Mint Auto PSA DNA
$1,649.00

Roberto Clemente signed 8x10 photo PSA DNA NM 7 auto
$2,800.00

PIRATES ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED AUTHENTIC 8X10 PHOTO AUTO GRADED 8! PSA #U04322
$6,999.99

PIRATES ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED ONL GILES SPALDING BASEBALL PSA DNA #V12376
$6,999.99

ROBERTO CLEMENTE SIGNED ONL GILES BASEBALL AUTO GRADED GEM MINT 10! PSA #W03187
$24,999.99

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
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Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. As an adult, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute.

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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