Spring 2017 Major League Baseball "Set Registry Masters" Premium Auction
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.
Up for auction here is the first-ever example of Roberto Clemente's 1962-65 Type 2 Batting with Cap variation to grade PSA 9 Mint, with none ever grading higher. A testament to just how tough these Jay Publishing photos are to realize in high grades from PSA, there have been 792 submissions to the Newport Beach grading authority encompassing the 1962-65 Type 2 set, and just 14 have ever graded PSA 9 Mint. Fortunately for Clemente collectors, the offered specimen is one of them. While this variation has never realized a PSA 10, there is a single PSA 8.5 on record as well as four examples in the PSA 8 grade, of which VintageCardPrices.com has only tracked a single sale, a PSA 8 which realized $750 in an eBay listing in 2011.
Tough 1962-1965 Jay Publishing Photos Type 2 Roberto Clemente Batting With Cap PSA 9 Mint Pop 1 Highest Graded
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