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Newly-Discovered 1968 Topps 3-D Roberto Clemente and Ron Fairly

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $4,500

Offered are two rare 1968 Topps 3-D cards, Ron Fairly and Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, each of which is entirely new to the modern collecting world. These cards have been consigned directly by the family of a man who was not a collector but was a professional illustrator in New York during the 1960s who did work for legendary comic artist Bob Kane. It is very possible that the gentleman also did work for Topps or associated with Topps artists, which could explain how he came to have these two extremely rare cards, but the details are lost to time and the family was not sure of the specifics. But they are here and are totally new to the modern collecting world! 1) One of Roberto Clemente's most sought-after cards, this is the key to the 1968 Topps 3-D set, as well as one of the single most valuable cards from the entire 1960s decade. One of the few cards universally recognized 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. This particular example has been graded GOOD 30 by SGC due to minor cracking on the front, a flaw common to cards from this issue. The front of the card displays well, despite the surface cracking (which, depending on the angle viewed, ranges from barely noticeable at some angles, to appearing as moderate diagonal streaking at other angles), with bold colors and strong centering (slightly to the right). 2) The Fairly card, also graded GOOD 30 by SGC, displays identical cracking and near-perfect centering. The blank reverse of each card displays light staining and evidence of a heavy crease near the bottom, which is responsible for the cracking on the front. Despite these technical flaws, the two cards remain very presentable (and, compared to what they would sell for in high grade, relatively affordable) examples of these 1960s rarities, highlighted by one of postwar-card collecting's most important and high-profile cards. Total: 2 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++. SOLD FOR $4,500

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