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Lot # 734 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1972 Roberto Clemente Signed Check To His Mother

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $6,462.50

Extraordinary Roberto Clemente personal check, made out to his mother, signed by the legendary outfielder just two months prior to his tragic death. The check, dated 10/16/72, is made out to Luisa Walker in the amount of $1,000 and is signed “Roberto Clemente” in blue ink (grading “10”) along the base. The check is drawn on the Mellon National Bank and Trust Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has been endorsed by Luisa Walker on the reverse. Clemente’s mother was still living in his hometown of Carolina, Puerto Rico, at the time, for the check bears cancellation stamps on both the front and reverse from “Banco Popular De Puerto Rico, Carolina.” Clemente was deeply devoted to his parents and after making the majors one of the first things he did was buy them a new home in the El Comandante development in Carolina. As evidenced by this check, Clemente was still providing for his mother years later. Unfortunately, he passed away just two months after writing this check when his plane carrying relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake refugees crashed over the Atlantic ocean on December 31, 1972. The Baseball Hall of Fame immediately waived their normal five-year waiting period for Clemente and he was inducted the following summer. Clemente checks are rare and this is an exceptional example. The check (6 x 2.75 inches) displays a light vertical fold, as well as normal bank cancellation stamps and holes. In Excellent condition overall. LOAs from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $6,462.50

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