BST Auctions is proud to offer several a super clean example of one the most iconic cards in the industry as well as a Clemente game used bat. The 1952 Topps Baseball #311 Mickey Mantle PSA 4 has a pack-fresh appearance with vivid colors, solid corners and a clean back. The card’s centering is the only factor keeping this example from grading much higher. An excellent opportunity for the savvy collector.
Our Auction will also feature a 1959-60 Roberto Clemente “Momen” game used bat, T-206 Ty Cobb, top ten PSA Registry Sets, plus some rare and vintage football memorabilia.Our Spring 2018 auction begins March 30, and runs through April 22.
1959-1960 Roberto “Momen” Clemente Game Used Bat
Offered here is a collector’s dream, a game used Louisville Slugger bat from early in Clemente’s career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The bat is a rare “Momen” model, which was Clemente’s nickname from earlier in his career. “Momen Clemente” is inscribed on the barrel. Momen is originally a family nickname; legend has it that as a child the precocious Roberto would often reply “momento” (Spanish for “just a minute”) when asked a question, the impending answer important, and the young Clemente needing a minute to ponder his reply. He did not use the name after 1960 insisting on being “Roberto” (as a nod to his heritage).
The Hillerich & Bradsby bat has been thoroughly examined by the experts at PSA/DNA and deemed to have had “excellent game use” and has been graded PSA GU 7.5. Using a number of characteristics and markings (including the Momen nickname which only appeared on Clemente’s bats from 1955 to 1960 and “GENUINE” which first appeared on Slugger bats in 1959) the issue period for the bat has been determined to be 1959 to 1960. The S2 (stamped on the knob of the handle) model number bat (Hillerich and Bradsby records show that Clemente ordered 12 of these for the 1959-1960 seasons) is 35 inches in length and weighs 33 ounces. Although not mentioned on the PSA paperwork, the bat appears to have had slight/minor surface restoration.
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