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Circa 1980 Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies Signed Game-Used Pro-Model Glove
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $4,148
Rawlings left-handed fielder's glove used by Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Carlton during his glory years with the Philadelphia Phillies in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Vintage game-used gloves with ironclad provenance and authenticity are extremely rare to find in general, and almost impossible to find for prominent Hall of Famers. This is a rare exception! Part of the reason for the extreme rarity of gloves is simple practicality: ballplayers do not like to part with them. Gloves have to be broken in. Many ballplayers will use a single favorite glove for many seasons. Steve Carlton personally donated this glove to the local PBS television affiliate in Philadelphia in the early 1980s so that it could be sold at a charity auction to raise funds for the station. Ideally, it comes with individual LOAs from noted glove expert Dennis Esken and Troy Kinunen of MEARS, each of whom attests to both its charity-auction provenance and former use by Carlton. The Rawlings Fastback pro-model "HT76" glove displays Carlton's uniform number, "32," written in faded black marker twice on the reverse: once above the wrist strap and again directly above the Rawlings manufacturer's label. Carlton has signed the glove in green marker (grading "8") on the inside portion of the pinky finger. The glove displays moderate-to-heavy wear consistent with a full season (or possibly multiple seasons) of use. Carlton was at his best with the Phillies during the period 1978-1984. "Lefty" won 122 games during that seven-year span, including league-leading totals of 24 and 23, respectively, during his Cy Young Award-winning seasons of 1980 and 1982. Carlton retired in 1988 with 329 lifetime wins, which ranks twelfth on the all-time list and is the second-highest win total for a left-handed pitcher. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994. LOAs from Dennis Eskin, Troy Kinunen/MEARS, and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500+. SOLD FOR $4,148
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