This rare collection of Roger Maris items is comprised of a lighter, a cuff links and tie-clasp set, a belt buckle, and two dies used to make Roger Maris belt buckles. 1)
Lighter. The silver-colored lighter reads "Best Wishes/Roger Maris" in red and blue letters on one side, while the other side features the Yankees team name and logo. Manufactured by Nesor-Rosen. We have only seen a few examples of this lighter and it is believed that they were specially produced for Maris to be given out as gifts, probably to his teammates and close friends. This is the first we have ever offered. Vg-Ex, with moderate chipping to the painted sides. 2)
Cuff Links and Tie Clasp. The cuff links, with convex surfaces, are designed to resemble a baseball. The engraved front reads "Official Ball/American League" and features the facsimile signature of American League president Joe Cronin. The engraving on the reverse reads "Roger Maris 61 Home Runs." The tie clasp incorporates a baseball motif as well, with the bottom portion of the clasp designed in the shape of a miniature Louisville Slugger baseball bat featuring Maris' facsimile signature engraved on the barrel. Like the lighter, we have only seen a few other examples of this set, and we are not sure of the manufacturer or method of distribution. Near Mint condition overall. 3)
Belt Buckle. Small belt buckle for a children's belt featuring a representation of a baseball bat and Roger Maris' facsimile signature. 1.5 x 1 inches. Ex-Mt. 4-5)
Two dies. Each of these two dies was used to produce the design on the Roger Maris belt buckle (the design on these dies is slightly different than that seen on the belt buckle offered in this lot). One die (3.25 x 1.5 x 2 inches) features the bat in relief and engraved lettering. The other (1.25 x 1.25 x 1.25 inches) features a concave bat and raised lettering. Ex-Mt. Total: 7 items (lighter, 2 cuff links, tie clasp, belt buckle, and 2 dies). Reserve $300. Estimate (open).
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