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Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates Print with Puerto Rico Stamp
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Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates Print with Puerto Rico Stamp

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Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates Print with Puerto Rico Stamp
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This limited edition print is 8" X 10", signed and numbered to 50 by sports artist Michael Mellett.  What makes this limited edition print unique is that it includes an actual USPS stamp integrated into the print. 

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A 20-cent commemorative stamp recognizing the 50th anniversary year of the birth of baseball superstar Roberto Clemente was issued August 17 in Carolina, Puerto Rico, his birthplace. The first day ceremony was held at the Roberto Clemente Sport City, a project on which he worked that includes facilities for a wide variety of sports.

An outstanding athlete and humanitarian, Roberto Clemente was born on August 18, 1934. His baseball career began in 1955, when he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. "Number 21" was a steady presence in the Pirates' outfield until his death in a plane crash on New Year's Eve, 1972, when he was on his way to Nicaragua to assist in the distribution of supplies to earthquake victims.

Clemente excelled at the plate, on the base paths and especially on defense. He played in 12 All-Star games, captured 11 Golden Glove awards as a rightfielder, led the National League in batting four times and had a lifetime batting average of .317. In 1966, he was named the League's most valuable player.

Clemente led the Pirates to world titles in 1960 and 1971, when he was voted the most valuable player in the World Series. A double on September 30, 1972, his last game, earned him his 3,000th hit, which entitled him to join the ranks of an elite group of athletes with 3,000 or more hits during their careers. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973.

The vertically oriented stamp in the Sports Series features a head and neck profile of Clemente with the flag of his native Puerto Rico in the background.


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