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Pair of "Perfect Game" Signed Balls - Eleven Signatures on Each Ball

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,320

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-three pitchers have been officially credited with achieving "perfection" on the mound. This remarkable offering is comprised of two official Major League (Budig) balls, each featuring the blue-ink signatures (grading "9" or "10") of the following eleven members of that elite club: Sandy Koufax (on sweet spot of both balls), David Cone, Mike Witt, Dennis Martinez, Len Barker, Randy Johnson, Don Larsen, David Wells, Kenny Rogers, Jim Bunning, and Tom Browning. Ideally, each player has included the date of his perfect game below his respective signature. These balls appear to originate from an organized signing show, as each bears a special handwritten limitation number on the ball label. One is numbered "1/115," while the other is numbered "33/115." One important fact that must be noted is that of the twenty-three 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, a "perfect game" ball featuring the eighteen signatures of the pitchers who accomplished the feat after 1956 is considered complete by modern-day collecting standards. (The seven missing signatures on each ball are those of Catfish Hunter, Mark Buehrle, Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay, Philip Humber, Matt Cain, and Felix Hernandez.) Altough Hunter is dead, there is plenty of room on each ball to add the other six signatures, making this an especially desirable pair of perfect game balls. Both balls remain in Mint condition. A hologram label from both All American Collectibles and appears on each ball. This is an exceptional and scarce pair of signed balls commemorating perfection on the mound. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,320

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