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1969 Roberto Clemente Signed Baseball
Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $822.50
Addendum: In the printed catalog description (below) we note that this ball has the signature of "Victor Pellot" and that we were unsure of his who this person is. We have since learned that Victor Pellot is actually Vic Power's real name ("Vic Power" was an Americanized version of Puerto Rican-born Power, whose real full name was "Victor Felipe Pellot Pove"). This is Vic Power's signature on this ball signed by five Puerto Rican-born ballplayers, highlighted by Roberto Clemente. Thank you to Trent for helping us to correct this!
This Official National League (Giles) baseball features the signatures of five Puerto Rican-born players, highlighted by Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente. Clemente's blue-ink signature (grading "9") is on a side panel along with that of Sixto Lezcano. The remaining signatures on the ball, all of which appear on separate panels, are those of Jose Pagan (with an inscription in Spanish), Victor Pellot (sweet spot), and one other (name illegible, with an inscription in Spanish). A black-marker notation on the fourth side panel, which appears to reference where and when the Clemente signature was obtained, reads, "Wrigley Field — Home — Chicago Cubs — Pittsburgh — Sept 5-6-7 — 1969." There is no doubt a story to this unusual theme ball, but the details are unknown. This ball was obviously signed over a period of time, as Lezcano didn't break into the Majors until 1974, two years after Clemente's untimely death. Lezcano has also added the year, "1979," next to his name. Pagan's Major League career spanned the years 1959 through 1973. No player named Victor Pellot every played in the Major Leagues, although there was a minor league player by that name (1992-1993). The signatures (aside from Clemente) have been scripted in varying shades of blue ink and grade "7/8" on average. The ball is lightly soiled, with a few tiny spots of discoloration (some of which touch upon the Clemente signature), otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $822.50
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