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    One of the post-war era's most coveted rarities

    1955-58 Roberto "Momen" Clemente Game Used Rookie-Era Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8. He lived a hero of Pittsburgh and died a hero of Nicaragua, his body forever lost at sea following the crash of his overloaded earthquake relief plane in the coastal waters of his native Puerto Rico. Already guaranteed baseball immortality through his eighteen brilliant seasons of Major League service and his newly-minted key to the 3,000 Hit Clubhouse, Roberto Clemente achieved the closest thing to baseball sainthood that tragic last day of 1972, assuring that any artifact once blessed by his touch would be held in the highest of collecting esteem.

    As a child, the pensive young Roberto had earned the nickname "Momen," a playful teasing of his habit of avoiding distraction by answering "momentito" (just a moment, in Spanish) when interrupted by his family. Rookie-era bats are particularly prized for this variation in the facsimile barrel signature, a trend abandoned by the future Hall of Famer upon claiming his first World Championship in 1960. From 1961 onwards, Clemente decided it was time to put away childish things.

    Only about a half dozen representations of this early Clemente format are known in the collecting hobby, and this model dates to the earlier half of the version's production span, the dawn of one of the Major Leagues' most important careers. The Hillerich & Bradsby S2 exhibits game use characterized as "heavy," by the experts at PSA/DNA, who note ball marks, stitch impressions and cleat divots, yet the handle remains uncracked. Length of thirty-five inches (35") and weight of thirty-two and a half ounces (32.5 oz.) are consistent with factory ordering records. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.


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    February, 2017
    25th-26th Saturday-Sunday
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