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    1964-67 Roberto Clemente Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA GU 8.5. It was the greatest four-season span of the noble Hall of Famer's career, as Clemente would claim the National League Batting Championship in every one of them but 1965. The averages over that period are staggering--.335 with 204 hits, including fifty-eight for extra bases. In 1966, Clemente would claim the sole National League MVP Award of his career, though he'd finish in the top ten for balloting in every year the presented Adirondack 129X may have seen action.

    The bat is uncracked and exhibits excellent game use, with ball marks, stitch impressions, rack streaks and cleat divots. Light pine tar remains on the handle. At thirty-six inches (36") in length and more than thirty-six ounces (36.4 oz.) in weight, you'd need to reference Babe Ruth to find a more substantial hunk of lumber.

    The story of the bat's transition from Clemente's arsenal to collectible is a particularly charming one, as described in the PSA/DNA letter of examination, stating that it had belonged to "a 'Sister of Mercy' who attended a 'Diocesan Day' game at Forbes Field during the 1960's. The bat was presented to her by a security guard after Clemente pulled the bat from the bat rack. An affidavit recounts how the Sister, fearing she would not be allowed to keep the bat, concealed the bat under her habit when returning to the convent."

    A truly unique Clemente bat that has gone where no man has ever gone before. LOA from PSA/DNA, GU 8.5.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2016
    17th-19th Thursday-Saturday
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