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1965-1968 Roberto Clemente Pro Model Bat
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $3,480.00
Hillerich & Bradsby signature model G105 bat exhibits heavy use including ball, stitch, cleat, and bat rack marks. There is deadwood on the back of the barrel. The taped handle is cracked (approx. 10 inches under the tape) and has a heavy coat of pine tar. The player number "3" is written on the knob end in faded black marker. Although Clemente wore the number "21," it was very common for one player to use another player's bat for a variety of reasons. Clemente's teammate Ron Davis wore #3 for the Pirates during the 1969 season and most likely he borrowed and used this bat. Clemente is one of the magic names in the world of baseball. His great talent, dignity, concern for others, his love of his native Puerto Rico, and his tragic early death (and the circumstances around it) all contribute to his great appeal, which transcends the sport. Clemente died on December 31, 1972. A special exception was made, which has been granted to no other player, to waive the traditional five-year waiting period for election to the Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973. Length: 35.75 inches. Weight: 37.9 ounces. SCD Authentic Grade: A4. LOAs from Dave Bushing/SCD Authentic and John Taube & Vince Malta/PSA DNA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $3,480.00
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