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    1960 Roberto "Momen" Clemente Game Bat

    Appraised Value:


    Appraised on: August 13, 2011

    Appraised in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Appraised by: Mike Gutierrez

    Category: Sports Memorabilia

    Episode Info: Pittsburgh, Hour 3 (#1609)

    Originally Aired: February 27, 2012

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    Form: Baseball Bat
    Material: Wood
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $25,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:29)


    Appraised By:

    Mike Gutierrez
    Collectibles, Sports Memorabilia
    Consignment Director
    Heritage Auctions

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: This bat was given to me by my grandfather back in October of 1960. My grandfather brought this back from the one Pirate game in the '60s after the World Series. Supposedly got Clemente to put his number on the end, and when we got it, it was brand new. Over the years, my brother and I grew up using it learning how to play baseball and I had two sons, and I've taught them how to play baseball using it as well. It was my son Ed who had noticed the "Momen" on it and said that we should probably take a look at it and see what the bat was worth.

    APPRAISER: Well, that was the first thing that I noticed when I saw the bat is the signature here, "Momen Clemente," as opposed to "Roberto Clemente," which is the more standard emblemized bat with Clemente's name. And, uh, do you know what the Momen means?

    GUEST: No.

    APPRAISER: It was kind of done as a joke, because when asked questions all the time, Clemente would always say, "Momentito, momentito." So, he got that nickname, and bats like this were produced from 1955 through 1960. One of the things that I also noticed on the bat, when I swing this around here, is that the model here is an S-2.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: It is a game used model.

    GUEST: Okay.

    APPRAISER: And lightly we can see, in ink, "21", which was his number. 1960 World Series is like one of the most revered World Series in the history of Pittsburgh.

    GUEST: Oh, yeah.

    APPRAISER: Because you've got, of course, the game seven World Series home run by Bill Mazeroski.

    GUEST: Yes.

    APPRAISER: And it was just the most fantastic ending to a World Series up to that point. The Momen Clemente signed bat is a very rare variation and one of the most sought after variations of bats. And there are very few that are available to collectors out there.

    GUEST: Oh.

    APPRAISER: If I were you, I would insure the bat for $25,000.

    GUEST: Wow.

    APPRAISER: And that would cover the value, a replacement value for the bat.

    GUEST: Wow. (laughing) That's amazing. I'd have never thought that.

    APPRAISER: If this was a Roberto Clemente model bat instead of a Momen, this would probably have a value of $10,000 to $15,000.

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