|My 1973 Topps Roberto Clemente, graded 3 VG by PSA.|
I remember some details of that first show. I am sure that it was at the Concordville Inn in Concordville, PA. We lived in Newark, DE, and this was an easy trip -- up I-95 to 202, turn right on US-1, and pretty soon you're there. I don't know if we agreed how much I could spend or anything like that, but I was clear that I wanted a Clemente card. When we got into the main room, we went up to a dealer with a few binders, and Dad asked if he had any Clemente. He turned right to this card, and Dad asked how much. This is where my memory falters, I think -- for the past several years when I've thought of this, the price in my memory is $25. According to the price guide from that time, that would have been way too much. Maybe it was actually $10 or $15. But, Dad looked at me and asked if I was sure I wanted it, and I was sure, so he bought it for me. We got the Clemente card first thing, and after that, stood in line for a Brooks Robinson autograph; I'm sure we also looked around and bought some less important stuff. I had a great time. I don't know when the show was; from some partial information I found online, I think maybe November 1988. I don't remember every detail, but the big picture remains -- this is the first good card my Dad and I got.
Clemente was a special talent and a special human being, and this will always be my favorite card.