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1968 Topps 3-D Bob Clemente - PSA GEM MINT 10

Starting Bid - $5,000, Sold For - $35,550

Graded GEM MINT 10 by PSA. The finest example in the world of one of card collecting's most highly regarded classics. One of only six examples ever graded PSA 10. Extraordinary GEM MINT example of what is not only Roberto Clemente's most sought after card, but the key to the 1968 Topps 3-D set, and the single most valuable card from the entire decade of the 1960s. One of the few cards deserving to be classified as a modern classic, the 1968 Topps 3-D Roberto Clemente stands on its own very comfortably with the most significant and noteworthy cards from all eras. The fact that this example is in Gem Mint condition is extraordinary as these cards are prone to cracking and scratching. This is one of the "find" cards. In 1999 approximately 100 1968 Topps 3-D cards, including several Clementes, were discovered to be still in the hands of someone who long ago was associated with the production of the set. The cards were sold to a dealer, and soon after dispersed into the hobby. This was certainly the most significant find of 1968 Topps 3-D cards in the history of collecting. This Gem Mint PSA 10 of Clemente was one of the highlight cards of the find. This card is never going out of style; it has been a classic since 1968. History has proven that when there is a small find of cards in super-high grade which are rare and truly classic (such as the few Mint and Gem Mint #311 Mickey Mantles from the Mint 1952 Topps high-number find of the mid-1980s, each of which in the years following the find sold for tens of thousands of dollars when available but today would sell for hundreds of thousands, and probably over a million dollars each for the several PSA 10 1952 Topps #311 Mantles, to cite a similar example), collectors tend to be rewarded for seizing the opportunity. This is a remarkable Gem Mint example of one of postwar-card collecting's most noteworthy and high-profile cards, and the highest-graded example in the world of the single most highly prized baseball card of the legendary Roberto Clemente. Reserve $5,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $35,550

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