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Lot # 1330 (1330 of 1911)   « Previous Lot | Next Lot »

"Perfect Game" Pitchers Signed Ball - 15 of the 18 Signatures Needed for Modern-Day Completeness!

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $2,400

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 official Major League (Budig) ball features the blue-ink signatures of the following fifteen members of that elite club: Don Larsen (sweet spot), Sandy Koufax, Catfish Hunter, Len Barker, David Wells, Jim Bunning, Mike Witt, David Cone, Randy Johnson, Tom Browning, Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay, Dennis Martinez, Matt Cain, and Felix Hernandez. Ideally, each player has included the date of his perfect game below his respective signature. 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 three missing signatures on the ball are those of Mark Buehrle, Kenny Rogers, and Philip Humber. Fortunately, all are still living and there is plenty of room to add their signatures. Signatures range from "6" to "10," averaging "8/9." Near Mint condition. This is an exceptional signed baseball commemorating perfection on the mound. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,400

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