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One of the finest examples of Roberto Clemente’s rookie card to hit the market and a six-figure Steph Curry card, which both could top $1 million, highlight PWCC’s Sept. Premier Auction.

The 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente #164 rookie card is graded PSA 9 and carries a gold sticker from Mike Baker Authentication. Only 11 copies of the iconic card have been graded PSA 9, with only one PSA 10 in existence.

1955 Topps Robert Clemente rookie card.

1955 Topps Robert Clemente rookie card.

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According to PWCC, a PSA 9 version of the card has sold at public auction only five times since July 2015. The last one sold in March 2021 for $1,107,000, a record for any Clemente card.

The 2009 National Treasures Stephen Curry Rookie Patch Auto card, numbered to /25 and graded BGS 9.5, could also push the $1 million mark. Two versions of the card, both numbered to /99, sold at auction this year for $720,000, a record for the card.

A 2009 National Treasures Stephen Curry Rookie Patch Auto card.

A 2009 National Treasures Stephen Curry Rookie Patch Auto card.

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The gold parallel numbered to /25 has hit the market just three times this year, with the last BGS 9.5 selling for a record $840,000.

The auction also features three “exquisite” Michael Jordan cards from the 2003 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection.

The lot includes a 2003 Exquisite Emblems Of Endorsement Michael Jordan Patch Auto numbered to /15 and graded BGS 9; a 2003 Exquisite Noble Nameplate Michael Jordan Patch Auto numbered to 10/25 and graded PSA 10; and a 2003 Exquisite Collection Number Pieces Michael Jordan Patch Auto numbered to /23 and graded BGS 9.5.

2003 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Number Pieces Michael Jordan card.

2003 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Number Pieces Michael Jordan card.

Also available are rare vintage cards of three other legendary athletes, including:

• A 1957 Topps Bill Russell rookie, graded PSA 8. Only three examples exist with a higher grade.

1957 Topps Bill Russell rookie card.

1957 Topps Bill Russell rookie card.

• A 1914 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson, graded SGC 3 VG. SGC has graded 27 copies of the card with only four earning a higher grade.

1914 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson card.

1914 Cracker Jack Christy Mathewson card.

• A 1933 Blue Bird Babe Ruth Front View, graded PSA 8.5. Blue Bird, a soda company, produced two Ruth cards — this issue and a side view of him swinging a bat. PSA has graded 29 copies and the PSA 8.5 is tied for the highest example. Since 2008, only 23 Blue Bird Babes have come to auction.

1933 Blue Bird Babe Ruth card.

1933 Blue Bird Babe Ruth card.

Other auction highlights include:

• A 2003 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor LeBron James rookie (PSA 9).

• A 2003 Topps Chrome Xfractor LeBron James rookie (BGS 10 PRISTINE).

• A 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan rookie (PSA 10).

• A 2000 Fleer E-X Essential Credentials Future Tom Brady rookie (PSA 9).

• A 2017 National Treasures Patrick Mahomes Rookie Patch Auto (BGS 9.5).

• A 2020 Immaculate Collection Luka Doncic Logoman Patch Auto 1/1 (BGS 8)

• A 1977 Futbol Discs Argentina Juniors Diego Armando Maradona rookie (PSA 7).

The auction, which opened Sept. 8 and runs through Sept. 22, features more than 400 assets across all sports. 

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