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1965-1968 Roberto Clemente Pro Model Bat

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,993.75

This Roberto Clemente H&B signature model "G105" bat dates from the 1965-1968 manufacturing period and is distinguished by the incredible amount of use displayed along its entire length. Numerous ball marks, deeply embedded stitch marks, cleat marks and rack marks abound along the barrel. The handle displays a copious amount of pine tar as well as an approximate 12-inch crack that extends through the center brand. A portion of the handle crack is concealed by a wrap of vintage black tape that measures eight inches in length. The amount of use exhibited on the bat is not surprising, for Clemente was at the peak of his career during the four-year period 1965-1968. Clemente won two of his four batting titles in that span, as well as the MVP Award in 1966. A great humanitarian as well as an accomplished ballplayer, Clemente died tragically in plane crash in 1972 while flying relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The following year he became the first Hispanic ballplayer elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame (the Hall waived its normal five-year waiting period in his honor). Length: 35.87 inches. Weight: 38.4 ounces. Graded A7 by MEARS (5 point base grade, plus 3 points for use, and 1 point deducted for the crack/tape on the handle). LOA from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $4,993.75

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