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Opportunity knocks with the sight of this scarce signature from the Puerto Rican superstar. Completely white ONL (Giles) baseball has a blue ballpoint inscription and signature from the man who ruled Pirates baseball. “To Chuck Best Wishes Roberto Clemente” sits on the panel in very dark ink (slightly smudged in two spots). He amazed baseball fans with his rare combination of skill, hard work and character. Clemente was a player and a man of such high caliber; the five-year waiting period for entry into baseball’s Hall of Fame was waived to induct him immediately after his fateful plane crash and premature exit from the game of baseball. And so signed baseballs like this one have become so highly coveted due to their scant offerings within the hobby, that when they do turn up, they disappear into the private collections of hero worshippers. If not for the slightly smudged areas, the signature and inscription would grade a “9” out of a possible 10. The slight imperfections take about a point off the grade. Ball itself is NRMT. LOA.
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