Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Iconic Series: 1972 Topps Roberto Clemente

The three smoothest baseball players ever in my opinion are Joe DiMaggio, Derek Jeter and this guy.  And this card is probably one of the smoothest cards of all time. Here you have Roberto standing for his photo leisurely tossing a baseball a foot or two in the air. This card is smooth because what you have here is a posed shot that does not look like a posed shot. The photographer captured the ball just at the right spot, as you can see both stitches on the ball.  Clemente is not looking into the camera as he stands ever so slightly on an angle with one unseen knee slightly bent. This card easily is more iconic than his horizontal rookie card or any other card. This unique photo was somewhat recreated on 2008 Topps Chrome Clete Thomas (why Clete, I don’t know that just makes it bizarre).

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