Lot # 14: 1959 Roberto "Momen" Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates Game-Used Bat PSA/DNA GU 10 - One of Only Five Graded GU 10!

Starting Bid: $20,000.00

Bids: 29 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2020",
which ran from 4/3/2020 3:00 PM to
4/19/2020 6:00 PM

"Momen Clemente" H&B signature-model ("U1") bat dating to the 1959 season. Graded GU 10 by PSA/DNA. As most bat collectors are aware, signature-model bats featuring Clemente's childhood nickname "Momen" are exceedingly rare. Such bats were manufactured only between the years 1955 and 1960 and PSA/DNA has evaluated just 16 examples. The offered bat ranks among the finest of those rare examples and is one of only five graded GU 10. The bat displays heavy use along its entire length, including numerous ball and stitch marks on all sides of the barrel, very slight checking (grain separation) on the back barrel, cleat marks, green Forbes Field bat-rack streaks (common to Pirates bats from the 1950s and 1960s) and a slight handle crack that has been professionally restored. Clemente's uniform number ("21") is written on the knob in black marker. Based upon the bat's length (34.5 inches) and model number (as well as its general specifications), it can be pinpointed to just one order, dated April 30, 1959, appearing on Clemente's Professional Bat Ordering Record on file at the Louisville Slugger factory. In addition to its matching factory records, the bat also has a unique provenance. According to an accompanying signed and notarized letter from its original owner, Jack Rettger, the bat was obtained by Rettger in either 1959 or 1960 in the Pirates dugout in Forbes Field and remained in his private collection until 2002. 1959 marked Clemente's fifth full season in the Majors and he finished the year with 4 home runs, 50 RBI and a .296 batting average. During the next decade Clemente emerged as one of the game's greatest all around players, winning four batting titles, nine Gold Glove Awards, and the 1966 National League MVP Award. 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). This is an exceptional Clemente bat in all respects and one that would be among the highlights of even the most advanced Hall of Fame bat collection. Full LOA from John Taube of PSA/DNA. Opening Bid $20,000. Estimate (open).

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