Cle­mente mem­o­ra­bilia sells for $7.5M at auc­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTING LIFE -

Roberto Cle­mente never had a salary higher than $150,000, and the Hall of Famer’s ca­reer earn­ings over 18 sea­sons with the Pi­rates were well south of $1 mil­lion.

Turns out his mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tion was a gold mine.

About 300 items from Cle­mente’s per­sonal col­lec­tion were auc­tioned Tues­day at the All-Star FanFest in Mi­ami and to­talled sales over $7.5 mil­lion.

The most ex­pen­sive item, a sil­ver bat Cle­mente was awarded as the Na­tional League bat­ting cham­pion in 1967, sold for $493,500. It was a record price for that par­tic­u­lar tro­phy, eclips­ing the $313,500 bid for Mickey Man­tle’s 1956 Amer­i­can League bat­ting champ award.

Vera Cle­mente, the base­ball player’s widow, said in a state­ment she couldn’t imag­ine a more ap­pro­pri­ate set­ting for the fam­ily to share some of its mem­o­ra­bilia with col­lec­tors. Cle­mente was a 15-time All-Star, af­ter all.

The fam­ily and Hunt Auc­tions an­nounced in May it would sell a por­tion of Cle­mente’s mem­o­ra­bilia col­lec­tion, which sent col­lec­tors scram­bling.

“The legacy that Roberto left with all of us is im­pos­si­ble to prop­erly de­scribe,” she said, “but I truly be­lieve his com­mit­ment to help­ing oth­ers has res­onated with the game of base­ball and be­come a guid­ing light for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of play­ers. I have en­joyed a beau­ti­ful life that Roberto and the game of base­ball have pro­vided for our fam­ily and we are very pleased to share some of our trea­sured mem­o­ra­bilia with the great fans of the game.”

Her son, Roberto Cle­mente Jr., thanked Pi­rates fans in a state­ment and added, “This is a great gift. He played for the love of the game and the fans that paid their hard-earned money to at­tend the games. He rep­re­sented the hard work­ing class, and gave his all for them.”

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