One of the most important postwar Hall of Fame rookie cards is that of Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente. As the profile of key rookie cards continues to elevate during the hobby boom, the Clemente has taken its rightful place among the most desirable cards of the era. A beautiful card featuring both portrait and full-body "action" illustrations along with a facsimile autograph, the card superimposes the image of Clemente over a rich, green background. Over the years, the card has skyrocketed in price, particularly in higher grades, becoming one of the most valuable of all postwar baseball cards.
Presented here is an extraordinary high-grade specimen, sharp and clean, with a crisp image that exhibits none of the print lines often seen with this card. Corners are sharp with bright, clean edges and a tiny haze of print snow at the upper left. Centering is wonderful, ever so slightly to the left of the canvas but significantly stronger than is typical for this card. A wonderful, high-grade example of one of the hobby's marquee postwar vintage cards, one of the most important Hall of Fame rookie cards of the era.