The only 1956 Topps Roberto Clemente card graded as a PSA 10 is on the auction block. The second-year card of the Hall of Fame outfielder was listed on eBay Sunday. As of Tuesday afternoon, the high bid had reached $95,600.
Where it will end when the auction closes March 14 is hard to predict. One of the four ’56 Mickey Mantles graded PSA 10 sold last August through Heritage Auctions for $382,400. It wouldn’t be a shock to see the Clemente approach that mark. One of two ’56 Al Kaline cards graded 10 brought $14,340 in the same auction. A 1955 Topps Clemente rookie card graded 10 sold for $432,690 in 2012.
In all, PSA has graded over 266,000 1956 Topps cards but awarded only 222 the Gem Mint 10 label.
The ’56 has already surpassed several PSA 10 Clemente cards from other Topps sets that were sold last year including the only 1967 at that grade level, which sold for $50,190. A pop 2 1963 went for $45,410 and a 1958 netted $40,630.
The 1956 Clemente isn’t the only big money card being sold by PWCC, an auction company which sells exclusively on eBay. They’re also handling the consignment of one of the nine 1952 Topps Willie Mays cards graded PSA 9. It currently sits at $150,200. There is also a 1952 Topps Mantle graded SGC 84 (near mint) which is at $60,000 and a 1909 E90-1 American Caramel Shoeless Joe Jackson rookie graded PSA 2.5, now at $26,701.