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1971/1972 Pittsburgh Pirates Team-Signed Ball with Clemente on Sweet Spot
Starting Bid - $400, Sold For - $1,763
This outstanding high-grade Pittsburgh Pirates team-signed baseball, with an extremely rare and ideal Clemente sweet spot signature, has the distinction of dating from either the club’s 1971 World Championship season or Roberto Clemente’s final season in 1972. The reason for the slight ambiguity is due to an unusual occurrence that is seldom found on team-signed balls. Incredibly, each of the twenty-six players represented on this ball was a member of both the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates. The blue-ink signatures present on this official National League (Feeney) ball are those of Clemente (sweet spot), Stargell (last name only), Mazeroski, Ellis, May, Sanguillen (last name only), R. Hernandez, Pagan, Hebner, Briles, Robertson, Virdon (coach or manager, depending on the year), Walker, Stennett, Moose, Giusti, Cash, Davalillo, Blass, Miller, Alley, Kison, Oliver, J. Hernandez, Clines, and Johnson. Signatures range from “8” to “10,” with the vast majority grading either “9” or “10.” Aside from a few tiny areas of light age toning, the ball is in Near Mint condition. Pittsburgh Pirates team balls featuring Clemente’s signature alone on the sweet spot are the exception rather than the rule and this example, regardless of the year, is a tremendous Clemente sweet spot signed example and among he finest we have ever seen. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,763
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