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Roberto Clemente
(b. August 18, 1934 - d. December 31, 1972)
Roberto Clemente won four NL batting titles and also possessed one of the strongest outfield arms in baseball history. Intensely proud of his Puerto Rican heritage, it was not until the 1971 World Series, when Clemente led Pittsburgh to victory with a .414 average, the he began to receive his due. In 13 of his 18 seasons he hit .300 or better, topping the .350 mark three times. On New Year's Eve, 1972, Clemente died in a plane crash bringing supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua. The normal five-year waiting period was waived, and in 1973 Clemente became the first Hispanic elected to the Hall of Fame.
 
Inducted in 1973
 
 
1965 Topps Bob Clemente #160 PSA 8 NM-MT
     
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Comments: The 1965 Topps Clemente was one of the first five portraits I purchased sometime in the 1990s. Early on, it was one of my favorite cards after looking through dozens of different HOF cards. I sold a PSA 8 (OC) in June, 1999 after upgrading to this PSA 8. In July, 2004 I purchased a GAI 8.5 example, but sold it later in November, 2004 when I got a little scared off owning anything GAI. I would love to own a PSA 9 version of this card someday.
   
Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1965
ACC Set Designation:
Set Name: Topps
Country: United States
Description:
 
Example 1965 Topps 5-Cent Display Box
Example 1965 Topps 1-Cent Wax Pack
Example 1965 Topps Series 3 Wax Pack