Shortly before Alex Rodriguez’s surprise performance-enhancing drug statement, Grey Flannel Auctions secured a consignment for its April 29, 2009 sale that tangibly documents the one-time close friendship between Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee. Consisting of approximately two dozen items, the consignment includes apparel, equipment and memorabilia originally owned by both Clemens and another great Yankees pitcher who trained with McNamee, Andy Pettitte. According to the consignor, all of the high-profile collectibles were previously part of McNamee’s personal collection, hence each is accompanied by a letter of authenticity signed by McNamee.
The most important object in the collection is the 2000 World Series Trophy awarded to Roger Clemens, which he later gave to McNamee as a gift. Representing the Subway Series, the 12-inch-tall trophy features a silver crown atop an arc centerpiece above a silver baseball. Thirty gold flags, each identifying a different Major League Baseball team, adorn the trophy. The band around its base reads “World Series Champions, New York Yankees, 2000, Roger Clemens.”
The collection also includes All-Star game jerseys, autographed baseballs, game-used fielding gloves and other items given to McNamee by Clemens and Pettitte.
“Each of the lots in the upcoming sale is likely to be viewed by future generations of fans as symbolic of a turning point in Major League Baseball’s evolution,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ President Richard E. Russek.
The auction of Roger Clemens’ 2000 World Series trophy and other Clemens and Pettitte apparel and game-used equipment formerly in the Brian McNamee Collection will be offered in an Internet and absentee-bid auction closing on April 29. The fully illustrated electronic catalog will be available to view online the first week of April at www.greyflannelauctions.com. For further information call 631-288-7800, ext. 221.