August 2019 Summer Classic Auction
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 9/1/2019
Collectors had been clamoring for them for years, and PSA finally responded last year with the introduction of their jumbo holders, which are able to accommodate oversized collectibles like the gorgeous 1971 Arco Pirates Roberto Clemente picture card offered here. In 1971, the Atlantic Richfield Company regionally distributed 8 x 10" baseball photo prints in its gas stations for four teams: the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Each picture featured a large color player photo with facsimile autograph on the front and biographical and statistical information on the back. The awkwardness of storing such a large size item has led to many surviving copies having frayed edges or dog-eared corners, thus making them unsuitable to grading. The offered card of Pirates star Roberto Clemente, however, has survived the test of time in terrific shape, earning it a PSA 8 NM-MT grade, with only a single example scoring higher. These handsome Clemente photo cards might have been gas station throwaways back in the day, but in 2019 they are highly sought-after mementos of one of baseball's legendary players. We know this PSA 8 masterpiece will be proudly displayed in the collection of someone who truly appreciates the history of the game.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,421
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, September 1, 2019.
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