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Lot # 788 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Three 1991 Roy Campanella Limited-Edition Signed Bats

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,527.50

Three limited-edition bats signed by Roy Campanella in 1991. In 1958 Roy Campanella's career was tragically cut short due to an automobile accident that left him paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. The injury was so severe that Campanella lost nearly all use of his arms and legs, thus confining him to a wheelchair. He was, of course, unable to sign autographs also. Years later, however, he regained partial motor function in his hands which, with the aid of a mechanical device, allowed him with great effort the ability to once again sign his name. In 1991, when Campanella agreed to a very limited public signing, including the signing of 400 limited-edition bats, it was an historic hobby event. Finally collectors could have important items which they never thought possible to get signed, such as Perez-Steele Hall of Fame postcards and Hall of Fame plaques, personally signed by Campanella to complete their collections. The most limited of all signed items were the bats. These were difficult to work with and difficult to sign. Offered here are three of the rare limited-edition bats signed by Campanella in 1991, which were purchased by our consignor in 1991 and have been saved in perfect condition ever since. Each bat was specially produced by Louisville Slugger and is an exact replica of an H&B 1950s Roy Campanella signature model. Campanella has signed each bat in black Sharpie (grading "10") directly above the barrel stamping. Each bat is accompanied by a notarized COA (numbered "37/400," "38/400," and "40/400," respectively) from Sports Placement Service. The bats measure 35 inches in length and each is in Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total 3 bats. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,527.50

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