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1955 Clemente Rookie Baseball Card Brings Record $478,000 At Heritage Auctions

1955 Clemente rookie brings record $478,000 in Heritage's $9.3+ million New York Platinum Night

A 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie baseball card, graded PSA Mint 9, stunned the baseball card collecting hobby on Saturday night, Feb. 20, 2016, when it realized a world record price of $478,000, amidst spirited bidding, in Heritage Auctions’ $9.3+ million Feb. 20-21, 2016 Platinum Night Sports event in New York. “This is a high grade example of a very famous baseball card of one of the most legendary players to ever put on an MLB uniform,” said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles Auctions at Heritage.

1955 Clemente rookie brings record $478,000 in Heritage's $9.3+ million New York Platinum Night
1955 Clemente rookie brings record $478,000 in Heritage’s $9.3+ million New York Platinum Night

“Clemente has only grown more beloved and more mythical as the decades have passed since his untimely 1972 death in a plane crash while delivering relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims. The record price realized for this card is a testament to just how cherished Clemente still is.”
The card sold to an anonymous collector as the Heritage February Platinum Night Sports auction played out before a packed house at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The parade of some of the rarest and most sought-after sports memorabilia in the world soared to an auction total of more than $9.3 million.

1955 Clemente rookie brings record $478,000 in Heritage's $9.3+ million New York Platinum Night
1955 Clemente rookie brings record $478,000 in Heritage’s $9.3+ million New York Platinum Night

The highest price realized in the auction came for another icon of the hobby, and of American Pop Culture, in the form of an extraordinary and rare 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps rookie baseball card, graded in Near-Mint to Mint 8 condition, which sold for $501,900, only the second time one of these cards has topped the half-million dollar mark.
“The 1952 Topps Mantle rookie has become the most recognizable baseball card in the world,” said Ivy. “Its profile, and price, has been rising steadily in the last few years. The price realized for this example just reinforces its place as the current gold standard.”

1955 Clemente rookie brings record $478,000 in Heritage's $9.3+ million New York Platinum Night
1955 Clemente rookie brings record $478,000 in Heritage’s $9.3+ million New York Platinum Night

1955 Clemente rookie brings record $478,000 in Heritage's $9.3+ million New York Platinum Night
1955 Clemente rookie brings record $478,000 in Heritage’s $9.3+ million New York Platinum Night

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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