Offered for the first time at public auction, a 1963 Roberto Clemente jersey topped bidding at the 14th annual Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory Auction Saturday, selling for $146,875. The vest-style Pittsburgh Pirates flannel had been given to the recipient by Clemente’s sister and carried a grade of A8 from MEARS.
Over 500 live auction lots were offered in the sale, which takes place inside the museum each fall.
A Jackie Robinson game model glove originally given to a friend of Jackie Robinson Jr and dating from the first several years of the baseball pioneer’s career sold for $129,250 while a Robinson bat dating to 1952-53 went for $64,625.
Prices include a buyer’s premium of 17.5%.
1930s Lou Gehrig single signed baseball was the fourth highest selling item, with a final price of $38,187. Dave Parker’s 1978 Silver Slugger bat award went for $31,680.
The auction included numerous items from the careers of former major league pitchers Ralph Branca and Bill Pierce along with a collection of vintage baseball photos from the Slugger archives. Branca’s 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Series ring sold for $17,625.
Among the other notable items sold were a 1955-57 Ted Williams bat, a 1961 New York Yankees team autographed baseball and a 1971 Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles World Series jersey,which realized just under $30,000.