MEARS Auction #21, Ends December 30th, 2010- 9:00 CST, w/15-Minute Rule
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/31/2010

Obtained directly from the confines of Wrigley Field via a consignment from a former Cubs groundskeeper, this bat was used by Roberto Clemente during the time span of 1965-68. During this 3 year run, Clemente was a two time all star, 3 time gold glove winner, and the 1966 National League MVP.

The U1 model was a staple of Clemente, and his H&B personal bat records verify he ordered this bat repeatedly throughout the entire 1966-68 time span. Measuring 36” and currently weighing 37.75 ounces, this bat matches Clemente’s personal bat records for the era. Under his order entries, it was noted as “mark weights”. 38 (weight) is marked in pencil. Bats shipped to Clemente weighing 38 ounces were found during the 1966-68 era. None were shipped in 1965, thus that year was eliminated from the label period (1965-68).

One of the most desirable traits of this bat is the “blood” red painted 21 (Clemente’s uniform number) found on the knob. Although the 21 is consistent with its formation to additional 21 numerals found on Clemente bats, we have never seen one in the red color before, thus making it possibly unique.

Regarding game use, the bat exhibits heavy to optimal amounts. The knob is well worn. The area of the handle is also well worn, showing signs of repeated gripping of the area. A 16” handle crack extended upwards towards the centerbrand, but was professionally restored to prevent further expansion. There appears to be light pinetar in the area.

Near the area of the barrel facsimile signature, there are clusters and concentrations of ball marks both above and below the centerbrand. The area above has deep stitch and seam marks. This area also has the beginning of deadwood, a desired effect of contact with ball to bat. Below the signature are clusters of ball marks. Overall, the bat exhibits heavy game use.

Final Grade MEARS A10: Base grade of 5 was assigned for bat matching factory records (1966-68, multiple orders), 3 points for optimal game use, 2 points for painted 21 on knob and verifiable player provenance.

MEARS Letter of Opinion Troy R. Kinunen, Letter of Provenance Cubs Groundskeeper (1965-68)

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Minimum Bid: $1,000
Final prices include buyers premium.: $7,760
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Friday, December 31, 2010.
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