Rookie Card Year: 1955
Investment Rating: 8.0
Roberto Clemente is widely considered one of the greatest outfielders in Major League history and has long been a collector favorite. Any vintage Roberto Clemente card is highly coveted, particularly those in stellar condition.
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. The Roberto Clemente card checks in at almost double the value of the Koufax.
Roberto Clemente Rookie Card Checklist
Roberto Clemente's 1955 Topps rookie card is the clear-cut winner from the classic set among collectors. 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.
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.
Signed Baseball Pricing:
Average eBay Sales Price: $1050
Lowest Amazon Price: $1,696.30
Cut Signature Pricing:
Average eBay Sales Price: $740
Lowest Amazon Price: $1,412.40
Signed 8x10 Photo Pricing
Average eBay Sales Price: $825