Having been plucked from the Brooklyn Dodgers farm system in the 1954 Winter Draft, Roberto Clemente more than exceeded expectations during his eighteen-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The fresh-faced Puerto Rican is portrayed at the outset of his Hall of Fame career on the offered 1955 Topps #164 rookie example. Graded an impressive NM-MT+ 8.5 by Beckett Vintage Grading, this elite cardboard is accurately centered and exhibits precise surface registration. The canvas displays very minimal corner touches, and the perimeter is barely affected by superficial wear. The informative biographical reverse is problem-free.
The BVG holder displays minor scuffing.