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    The first of four National League batting championships

    1961 Roberto Clemente Game Used & Signed Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8.5. It was one of the most captivating seasons in Major League history, best remembered for the gripping Mantle vs. Maris vs. Ruth home run race that toppled the Sultan of Swat from his throne. But over in the National League, the reigning World Champion outfielder that toted the presented signature model Hillerich & Bradsby K55 to the plate was having a breakout season of his own, fattening the digits in almost every key offensive statistic, most notably a thirty-seven point jump in batting average to lead all National Leaguers at .351. It would prove to be the first of four seasons in which Clemente claimed the National League batting championship.

    The offered relic was clearly a key participant in that season for the ages, exhibiting game use characterized by the experts at PSA/DNA as "heavy," yet remarkably free of any cracks at the handle or elsewhere. Ball marks, stitch impressions and cleat marks join red and green rack streaks on the barrel, recalling a long and fruitful term of service. Number "21" adorns the knob in faded green marker, while red ink reports the weight (35) in ounces. Length is thirty-six inches (36").

    Just to the left of the facsimile signature burned into the barrel is the genuine article, a faded but still legible autograph in Clemente's distinctive scrawl, preceded by a "Best Regards" salutation. The signature elevates the gamer into the most rarefied of air, our most recent example commanding $45,410 in last year's New York Platinum Night event. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.5. Full LOA from PSA/DNA (autograph). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (autograph).

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    February, 2016
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