Roberto Clemente played his final game on October 3, 1972. Valuable Roberto Clemente baseball collectibles include signed balls, Pittsburgh Pirates baseball contracts, bobbing head dolls, 1955 Topps rookie cards and 3,000th hit programs/ticket stubs.
Roberto Clemente (1934-72) was one of baseball's greatest all-around players. A native of Puerto Rico, Clemente played his entire abbreviated 1955-72 career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, amassing 3,000 hits, 240 home runs, 1,305 runs batted in and a .317 batting average. The 1966 National League Most Valuable Player, Clemente's life came to a tragic end on December 31, 1972, when his chartered plane en route to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua on a mission of mercy crashed into the ocean off the coast of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, killing everyone on board. Roberto Clemente was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.
Here are ten valuable Robert Clemente baseball collectibles that are sure to interest Pirates fans and sports memorabilia buffs. Now taking the field once again #21 the great Roberto Clemente...
Roberto Clemente 1962 Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Contract
Roberto Clemente inked a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1962 which called for an annual salary of $26,000. The four-page document is signed by both Clemente and Joe L. Brown, general manager of the Pirates. The signature for Warren Giles, president of the National League, is a stamped version. This one-of-a-kind piece sold at auction for $14,100.
Roberto Clemente 1962 Pirates baseball contract $14,100 - Robert Edward Auctions
Roberto Clemente 1955 Topps Rookie Baseball Card
Roberto Clemente made his major league debut on April 17, 1955. Card #164 in the 1955 Topps baseball series constitutes Bob Clemente's rookie card. One graded example in PSA near mint-mint 8 condition brought $5,000 at auction.
Roberto Clemente 1955 Topps rookie card $5,000 - Robert Edward Auctions
Roberto Clemente Single Signed Baseball
Roberto Clemente autographs are highly prized in the sports memorabilia field. An Official National League ball signed and inscribed by Clemente on the sweet spot – "To Alonna McClure, Best Wishes, Roberto Clemente" – sold at auction for $2,115.
Roberto Clemente 1971 Topps Baseball Card
Card #630 in the 1971 Topps baseball issue features Roberto Clemente. A graded example in perfect PSA mint 9 condition fetched $4,700 at auction.
Roberto Clemente 1971 Topps card $4,700 - Robert Edward Auctions
Roberto Clemente 1967 Dexter Press Baseball Card
The 1967 Dexter Press cards were issued in team sets as a premium by Coca-Cola. One graded Roberto Clemente example in PSA mint 9 condition sold at auction for $2,115.
Roberto Clemente 1967 Dexter Press card $2,115 - Robert Edward Auctions
Roberto Clemente 1963 Topps Baseball Card
Card #540 in the high number series of the 1962 Topps baseball set pictures Bob Clemente. One graded example in PSA mint 9 condition brought $1,175 at auction.
Roberto Clemente 1963 Fleer Baseball Card
Card #56 Roberto Clemente graces the offbeat 1963 Fleer baseball series. One graded example in PSA mint 9 condition sold at auction for $1,293.
Roberto Clemente 1963 Fleer card $1,293 - Robert Edward Auctions
Roberto Clemente 1961-63 Bobbing Head Doll
In bobbing head or nodder collecting circles the 1961-63 Roberto Clemente model is one of the rarest. A near mint to mint example brought $2,088 at auction.
Roberto Clemente bobbing head doll $2,088 - Robert Edward Auctions
Roberto Clemente 1970 Kellogg's Baseball Card
Card #27 in the 1970 Kellogg's 3-D baseball set features Roberto Clemente. One graded example in PSA gem mint 10 condition sold at auction for $334.60.
Roberto Clemente 1970 Kellogg's 3-D card $334.60 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Roberto Clemente 1972 3,000th Hit Program & Ticket Stub
On September 30, 1972, in a game against the New York Mets at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium, Roberto Clemente lined a double to left center off Jon Matlack in the fourth inning to collect his 3,000th hit. A Pirates program and ticket stub from that historic day – witnessed by only 13,117 fans – sold at auction for $1,195. This was Clemente's final regular season game of his career.
Roberto Clemente 1972 3,000 hit ticket stub with scorecard $1,195 - Heritage Auction Galleries
Roberto Clemente Sports Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- Auction results and images courtesy Robert Edward Auctions, LLC. Watchung, New Jersey, and Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Roberto Clemente 1956 Topps baseball card #33 white back version in graded SGC 80 excellent/near mint 6 condition $155.35 - Heritage Auction Galleries