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1959 Clem Labine Major League Lifetime Pass
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $720
Major League lifetime pass issued to pitcher Clem Labine in 1959. The pass (3.5 x 2 inches), constructed of metal, reads "Major League's/of/Professional Baseball/Present This/Lifetime Pass/To Clem Labine/In Appreciation Of Long And Meritorious Service." Displayed along the base are the year, "1959," and the engraved facsimile signatures of both Joe Cronin (American League president) and Warren Giles (National League president). Labine was one the top relievers for the Dodgers during the 1950s and a member of both the 1955 and 1959 World Championship clubs. Most notably, Labine was a key contributor to the club's historic 1955 World Series victory (which marked the franchises only World Championship while in Brooklyn). Appearing strictly in relief, Labine won Game 4 and saved Game 5 for Brooklyn in the seven-game series. He later earned a third World Series ring with Pittsburgh in 1960. Major league lifetime passes, especially those issued to prominent players such as Labine, are naturally scarce and have always been highly prized by collectors. The offered pass displays moderate tarnishing, including a surface blemish that partially obscures the "M" in "Clem," and there is a small area of surface paper residue on the reverse (perhaps from its having once been mounted in an album). In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $720
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