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1978 St. Louis Cardinals Line-Up Card from Tom Seaver's No-Hitter
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $2,370
On June 16, 1978, Tom Seaver tossed the first and only no-hitter of his career when he blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. Offered here is the actual lineup card that hung in the Cardinals dugout on that historic night. The date, "6-16-78," is written in the top right corner and the card reflects the few substitutions made by each club that night. Seaver struck out three and walked three in the game, with the win upping his record to 8-4 on the season. The history of this piece is very interesting. In 1989 our consignor placed an ad in the Sports Collectors Digest to let other collectors know that he was interested in obtaining souvenirs from Tom Seaver's no hitter. One of the responses he received was from Dan McDonald, who was the batboy for the Cardinals in 1978. Ideally, our consignor had the foresight to save the original letter McDonald sent to him at the time, which is included here with the card. The letter fully details the history of the piece, especially with regard to some of the ink stains that are scattered throughout. In full: "Charlie, I saw your ad in the SCD about your interest in Tom Seaver's no-hit game. I was the batboy for St. Louis that night and still have the line-up card that was posted on the dugout wall. It has the date, the line-ups for both teams and the rosters for both teams. Its in great shape except for a little of the ink ran when one of the Cardinals spit on it. If you're interested in the card, please contact me. I'd be interested in trading it for cards or just selling it outright. I look forward to hearing from you." Together with the original mailing envelope, postmarked June 8, 1989. The card (9 x 14 inches) does display a number of light stains throughout, as well as light toning and minor surface paper loss along both the top and bottom borders (from its having originally been taped to the dugout wall and then removed). In Very Good condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $2,370
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