Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
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The Jay Publishing Type 2 Photos produced between 1962 and 1965 are so tough that only four copies from among the hundreds of examples submitted featuring the 100+ players encompassing the entire Type 2 issue have ever graded PSA 10, two of which in the form of Yogi Berra and the offered Roberto Clemente we are pleased to offer in this month's Set Registry Masters Premium Auction. A PSA 10 Pop 1 powerhouse, this unlikely Gem is destined for one of the top sets on the Roberto Clemente PSA Master Set Registry leader board. In fact, we're offering so many other low pop and Pop 1 Roberto Clemente cards this month, there is no question that said Set Registry leader board will look substantially different after the close of this auction. Unfortunately, if you instead are collecting only the 1962-65 Jay Pub photos in PSA 10 condition, John Orsino and Willie Stargell, the set's only other 10s, will have to be found elsewhere.

To be clear, it's difficult to convey just how hard the nostalgic Jay Publishing 5" x 7" black and white photos and other similar team issues are to find in high-grade. Printed on a thin paper stock similar to magazine or newspaper pages in either a semi-glossy or matte finish, these memorable cards were available in team sets for a quarter each at both stadium souvenir shops and through a mail order program. Both formats were extremely popular with fans young and old, who were eager to fork over their quarters for the keepsakes. The close-up portraits and large action shots engaged fans in a way that smaller Topps and other baseball cards could not, and there weren't many young baseball fans' bedrooms in the 1960s that didn't have their favorite players pinned or taped to the wall (or their least favorite players stuck to a dartboard). Due to their delicate paper stock, the act of simply removing the photos from their envelopes can easily create small dents or kinks in their surfaces as well as mildly touched or bumped corners that make high-grade copies almost impossible to find. Indeed, to discover a Mint or Gem Mint copy today would almost certainly require that the card had never previously been handled.

Rare 1962-1965 Jay Publishing Photos Type 2 Roberto Clemente Batting With Helmet PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1Rare 1962-1965 Jay Publishing Photos Type 2 Roberto Clemente Batting With Helmet PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1
Rare 1962-1965 Jay Publishing Photos Type 2 Roberto Clemente Batting With Helmet PSA 10 Gem Mint Pop 1
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