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Perfect Game Signed Baseball Collection - Extraordinary Multi-Signed Ball and Seven Single-Signed Balls (8)

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $1,645.00

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 seventeen pitchers have been officially credited with achieving "perfection" on the mound. Offered here is a ball signed by eleven members of that elite club (including Catfish Hunter), plus six additional balls, each individually signed by a "perfect-game" pitcher. The most notable inclusion in the single-signed collection is that of Charles Robertson, who accomplished the feat in 1922. Also included here is a ball signed by Harvey Haddix, who, in 1959, pitched twelve perfect innings only to lose the game in the thirteenth inning (Major League Baseball doesn't recognize that games as an official perfect game.) 1) Perfect Game Multi-Signed Ball. Top-quality example of one of collecting's most desirable theme balls. For all intents and purposes, with the exception of Randy Johnson (who has not yet signed and could be added), this perfect game ball is as complete as possible, in that the five missing pitchers are from a much earlier era, are long deceased, and cannot be found on a perfect-game theme ball. The missing pitchers (with date of perfect game in parenthesis) are as follows: Cy Young (1904), Addie Joss (1908), Charlie Robertson (1922), Lee Richmond (1880), and John Ward (1880). These eleven-signature perfect game balls are extremely rare, and are quickly being recognized as one of the few modern era signed classics. There are only 30 balls which were signed by all eleven perfect game pitchers before the untimely passing of Catfish Hunter. The signing of these 30 balls was part of a signing project organized and coordinated with great effort, and at considerable expense, by a former Score Board employee. There were plans to have many additional balls signed, but Catfish Hunter's untimely passing unfortunately made this impossible. It is believed that these 30 balls represent the only perfect-game theme balls in existence to ever be signed by all eleven of these pitching immortals. The Official National League (Giamatti) ball signed in blue ink by Jim Bunning (sweet spot), Don Larsen, Catfish Hunter, David Cone (black ink), Mike Witt, Sandy Koufax, David Wells, Dennis Martinez, Kenny Rogers, Tom Browning, and Len Barker. Each of the pitchers has also added the date of his perfect game below his name. All of the signatures grade "9/10" with the exception of Wells (slightly faded, but entirely legible, "5"). Nr-Mt. 2) Charles Robertson. An unofficial "Mid-American" ball inscribed in blue ink ("8") on the sweet spot, "Chas. Robertson - April 30, 1980." (Robertson passed away in 1984 at the age of eighty-eight.) Nr-Mt. 3) Dennis Martinez. Official National League (White) ball signed in blue ink ("10") on the sweet spot. Nr-Mt. 4-5) Randy Johnson. Two balls. One is an official Major League (Selig) ball signed in blue ink ("10") across the sweet spot. The ball bears a special stamping on a side panel commemorating Johnson's perfect game. Hand numbered "14/51" on the sweet spot. Mt. The second is an official Major League (Selig) ball inscribed in blue ink ("10") on the sweet spot, "Randy Johnson - P.G. 5-18-04." 6) Don Larsen. Official American League (Budig) ball signed in blue ink ("10") on the sweet spot. Mt. 7) Mike Witt. Official American League (Brown) ball signed in blue ink ("10") on a side panel. Nr-Mt. 8) Harvey Haddix. Official National League (White) ball inscribed in blue ink ("10") on the sweet spot, "Harvey Haddix - 12 perfect innings - 5/26/59." Mt. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 8 balls (1 multi-signed ball and 7 single-signed balls). Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000+. SOLD FOR $1,645.00

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