Roberto Clemente Single-Signed Ball - Inscribed on the Sweet Spot

Sold For: $2,700

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 1391

Item Year: 1965

Category: Autographed Baseballs/Flats/Photos

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Official National League (Feeney) ball signed by Hall of Fame outfielder Roberto Clemente in red ink across the sweet spot. Clemente has inscribed the ball "To [name illegible]/regards/Roberto Clemente," with both the inscription and signature grading "7." Clemente singles featuring a sweet-spot signature are scarce. For reasons unknown, Clemente almost always chose a side panel when signing a baseball, making a ball such as this a rare exception and one that has always been highly prized by single-signed ball collectors. Of course, all Clemente single-signed balls are rare because of his tragic death in 1972 at the age of thirty-eight. This ball dates to the 1970-1973 manufacturing period, making it one of the last balls signed by the legendary Hall of Famer. The ball displays only a few tiny areas of light, scattered age toning, as well as a small blemish on the north panel. In Excellent condition overall. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).

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