Thursday, July 14, 2011

Top 100 Cards of My Collection Honorable Mention: A couple of Game Used Clementes


With so many legends that have appeared from ever sport on this countdown, from Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, Payton, Jordan etc, it's shocking that one hasn't and will not appear at all. Roberto Clemente has 0 cards on my top 100 list, yet probably leads the way with most honorable mentions without having a card on the countdown with 5. His 1973 Topps (his last ever card while still active) 66 Topps and Hats Off  game used Hat from Famous Fabrics all were considered for this countdown, but ultimately didn't make the cut. Here are the 4th and 5th cards of Clemente not to make the cut, both game used jersey cards. Both actually come from 2001 products, with the 1971 All Star Game Salute coming from Upper Deck, and the Rookie Reprint coming from Topps obviously. Both feature game used jersey swatches of Clemente (one grey and one a creamish color). Both definitely warranted consideration because they feature  game used material from one of the biggest legends that ever played the game. I would give the slight edge to the rookie reprint card because I think it's cool that Topps combined a relic swatch with one of the most historic rookie cards in baseball. My Clemente's might not have cracked the top 100, but I still consider them great cards in my collection and am definitely proud to showcase them here.

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