December 17, 2014

Grade This Card: 1956 Topps Roberto Clemente

I'm not a professional grader, just a longtime collector. I have a pretty good idea what constitutes gem mint, and what's considered poor. It's just everything in between that throws me. I've scanned one of my cards here. Help me out by giving it a grade in the embedded poll.

1956 Topps Roberto Clemente #33
This is just an awesome card. A few years back I did the unthinkable—by my expectations—and completed the 1956 Topps set. It's the most comprehensive Topps set of the 1950s (in my opinion), since it features Mantle, Williams, Jackie Robinson, Bob Feller, Roy Campanella and Willie Mays on the same checklist. Nineteen-fifty-seven's a great set, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't have Bob Feller, Jackie Robinson, or Monte Irvin, for that matter. The last of the oversized card sets, 1956 has a stellar checklist full of big names. But what makes it a great set also makes it a burden for the budget-minded collector like me. I think I paid somewhere around $50 for this card. Did I overpay? Help me out in the embedded poll.

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