Hunt Auctions will once again be hosting the MLB All-Star FanFest Auction this summer and this year’s event will include some major artifacts from Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente. The late superstar’s family has consigned the items, several of which are expected to attract six-figure bidding. The auction will be conducted at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The Clemente memorabilia will be on the auction block on Tuesday, July 11 in the second session of what will be a two-day sale. The items being offered and pre-sale estimates include:
- 1964 and 1967 National League Silver Slugger Bats ($100,000 – $200,000 each)
- 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Ring ($150,000 – $300,000)
- 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Ring estimated $150,000 – $300,000)
- 1960 World Series Home Uniform ($250,000 – $500,000)
- 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, and 1972 Gold Glove Awards ($50,000 – $100,000 each)
- 1971 World Series Most Valuable Player Award ($50,000 – $100,000)
- 1966 Pittsburgh Pirates Road Jersey during his MVP Season ($100,000 – $200,000)
- 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates Home Uniform during his Final Season ($50,000 – $100,000)
- 1971 Limited Edition Dodge Charger for his 1971 World Series MVP Award ($50,000 – $100,000)
- Hall of Fame Induction Plaque ($50,000 – $75,000)
Clemente certainly needs no introduction to baseball fans. In addition to amassing 3,000 career hits, the Pirates star maintained a lifetime .317 career batting average while acquiring 12 Gold Gloves and being named to 15 All-Star teams. Clemente helped Pittsburgh to two World Series titles prior to his life tragically ending in 1972 in a plane crash en route to delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
The outfielder was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 and his uniform number (21) has been retired by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is recognized by most fans to be one of the greatest players in baseball history.
“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,” said his wife, Vera.
His sons also offered a joint statement:
“Our father stands as a pillar for all that is good within the game of baseball and life. He was committed to standing up for equality and fair treatment for young people who endured the same challenges as he did during his youth,” said Roberto Jr., Luis and Ricky Clemente. “It is truly a blessing for our family to have been able to meet, motivate and encourage many to achieve their dreams through our father’s legacy! We will continue to expand the Clemente Family’s goodwill throughout the world and are very excited for this auction event to assist with that goal.”
In addition to the auction of the Clemente items, Hunt Auctions will be on site at the event, providing complimentary appraisals of memorabilia from July 7 through July 11 at FanFest, which is held in the days leading up to the MLB All-Star Game. Selected items that are appraised may even be consigned into the live auction event. For more information, contact Hunt Auctions at (610) 524-0822 or via email at [email protected] Fanfest tickets, which include admission into the live auction event, are $35 for adults and $30 for children (children two and under are free), senior citizens, and military personnel.