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1980s Houston Astros Signed Cap Attributed to Nolan Ryan

Starting Bid - $1,000.00 , Sold For - $2,643.75

Outstanding Nolan Ryan cap with impeccable provenance. This cap originates from the personal collection of Joe Reichler, who was an assistant to Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and prior to that senior baseball writer for the Associated Press for forty years. He was elected a member of the sportswriters section of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980 and was also the editor of The Baseball Encyclopedia . Our consignor was a close personal family friend of Reichler's and acquired his entire collection in the 1980s, including this cap. At the time, Reichler told our consignor that he had received it directly from Ryan. It has remained in our consignor's collection since that time. The orange cap features the Houston Astros' embroidered blue and white logo on the front and has been signed by Nolan Ryan in black marker (grading "8") on the top of the brim. In addition to, and independent of, being accompanied by a strong line of provenance, and the fact that Ryan has signed it, all of the hat's physical characteristics are consistent with that of a Nolan Ryan game-used cap. Ryan's uniform number ("34") is written in faded black marker on the the underside of the brim. A "New Era - Pro Model" label is located along the rear of the leather headband. The hat has no size tag, but by comparison it is approximately 7 3/8, a size noted in MEARS accompanying LOA as being consistent with other known Nolan Ryan caps from this era. The cap displays heavy wear, including overall soiling and a break on the right side of the brim. The uniform number on the underside of the brim is period and also displays slight bleeding due to perspiration. Ryan played with the Astros from 1980 through 1988, during which time he twice led the League in strikeouts and pitched his fifth no-hitter. Ryan retired in 1993 with 324 wins and a record 5,714 strikeouts. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1999. This is an extremely rare ideal game-used Nolan Ryan cap dating from his early years with the Houston Astros. The hat is accompanied by a letter from our consignor detailing its history. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000+. SOLD FOR $2,643.75

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