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1960 Roberto "Momen" Clemente World Series Game Seven Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10....

2012 August 2 Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Signature Auction- Baltimore #7057

 
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Offers to date: $60,000 on November 16, 2013
$55,000 on November 12, 2013
Auction Ended On: Aug 2, 2012
Item Activity: 7 Internet/mail/phone bidders Number of Bidders
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Location: B & O Warehouse, 6th Floor
Camden Yard Banquet Room
333 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Description:
Autographed by Clemente too!
1960 Roberto "Momen" Clemente World Series Game Seven Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 10. Though it was teammate and fellow future Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski who clubbed one of the sport's most famous home runs to claim an unlikely World Championship for the never-say-die Pittsburgh Pirates, the noble Roberto Clemente will always be remembered as the heart and soul of the 1960's Bucs. Here we present one of the most important and desirable artifacts from his career ever to surface in the collecting hobby.

It comes to us from the lucky son of a Pittsburgh police officer tasked with the duty of crowd control for the deciding seventh game of the 1960 World Series at Forbes Field. His signed and notarized letter of provenance reads:

To Whom It May Concern:

This "Momen" Clemente Hillerich & Bradsby S2 bat was brought home by my father, a Pittsburgh police officer, the evening after the Pirates won Game Seven of the 1960 World Series at Forbes Field. He was assigned to the game and is identifiable in the provided photograph of the chaotic celebration at home plate following Bill Mazeroski's World Championship-winning walk-off homer. I very clearly remember him returning home after the game and announcing that Roberto Clemente had given him his bat. My father asked Clemente to sign the bat as well, though the autograph has faded considerably over the years.

I attest that this is Roberto Clemente's bat, given to my father and autographed by Clemente on October 13, 1960 after Game Seven of the 1960 World Series.

Sincerely,

Andrew Baxter


Leading bat expert John Taube raves over the bat in his PSA/DNA letter of examination, noting that the bat "is uncracked and exhibits evidence of heavy use. Many ball marks and ball stitch impressions are visible on the left and back barrel. Also visible on the bat are green bat rack streaks and there is a light coat of pine tar on the handle. The model number (S2) is stamped into the knob and Clemente's number (21) is written on the knob in black marker. A very faded Clemente signature is on the left barrel in blue ballpoint pen." Taube goes on to note that the thirty-five inch length and thirty-two ounce weight match Clemente's ordering records for the S2 in 1960, and that the style of the number "21" on the marker matches other known bats, and was applied by Clemente himself. It's worthy of note that 1960 was the last season Clemente used his childhood "Momen" facsimile barrel signature, putting away childish things for the 1961 campaign and beyond.

Included is a great 16x20" modern print of a photograph snapped as the jubilant Pirates swarmed Mazeroski at home plate following his historic walk-off. Flooding past a pair of dejected Yankee outfielders is a pack of uniformed police officers, most gripping night sticks for crowd control, one of whom our consignor has identified as his father with an arrow sticker. That most thrilling moment in Pirates history lives on in this Cooperstown-quality slab of ash, destined to serve as the focal point of even the finest sports collectibles assembly. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 10.

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