As graceful and athletic as any player to man the diamonds of Major League Baseball, Roberto Clemente holds a special place in hearts of sports memorabilia collectors and fans at large. Anyone who saw him play knew he was special, but on top of his amazing baseball skills, he is also revered for his off-field humanitarian efforts, which ultimately cost him his life in a plane crash on New Year's Eve in 1972. Here Clemente is seen in a potentially unique bunting pose photo, that has us scratching our heads to remember if we've ever come across another image of him posed in such a manner. As noted by the reverse side photographer's credit stamp, this original Type I 4x5 photo was taken by master sports photographer William Jacobellis. Due to having a black border moderate corner wear is readily noted, however other than that, this dynamic photograph remains very attractive, worthy of an (EX+) rating. The accompanying full photo LOA from PSA/DNA indicates the photo's date of origin as "c.1955-1956", which is early in Clemente's MLB career and could actually be from his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955.
H&S has enjoyed great success of late with contact proofs and Type I photos from the archives of William Jacobellis and Bob Olen. We are pleased to continue these offerings in our current May, 2019 auction, with another round of Jacobellis photos featuring baseball greats such as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente. To review these photos please see our Baseball Cards & Vintage Memorabilia/Baseball Original Photos category.