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Perfect Game Signed Baseball - Fifteen of the Possible Twenty Signatures!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $3,231

A perfect game is perhaps the most difficult feat in all of baseball. To put the accomplishment in proper perspective, one only has to note that in the entire history of the game only twenty pitchers have been officially credited with achieving "perfection" on the mound. This remarkable offering features the signatures of fifteen members of that elite club and represents the most complete perfect-game ball that we have ever seen. What sets this ball apart from all of the others we have offered in the past is the inclusion of the three most recent members to the club: Mark Buehrle (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), and Dallas Braden (2010). Our consignor was extremely diligent in quickly obtaining each of those signatures in person soon after the event, thereby creating one of the rarest and most desirable "theme" balls imaginable. One important fact that must be noted is that of the twenty perfect games recorded, two were accomplished in 1880 (by Montgomery Ward and Lee Richmond) and three others (by Cy Young, Addie Joss, and Charlie Robertson) occurred between the years 1904 and 1922. Therefore, this ball is considered complete by modern-day collecting standards and at this point in time may be unique in that regard. Each player has signed the ball in blue ink and, with the exception of Kenny Rogers, has also added the date of his respective accomplishment below his name. The fifteen signatures appearing on the official National American League (Brown) ball are those of Don Larsen (sweet spot), Sandy Koufax, "Catfish" Hunter, David Wells, Mark Buehrle, Roy Halladay, Randy Johnson, Len Barker, Mike Witt, Kenny Rogers, Tom Browning, Dennis Martinez, Dallas Braden, David Cone, and Jim Bunning. All of the signatures grade "9/10" with the exception of Hunter and Martinez (each "7"). The ball remains in Near Mint condition. This is an exceptional and extremely rare signed ball commemorating perfection on the mound. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (Open). SOLD FOR $3,231

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