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    A rare artifact from Larsen's peerless October masterpiece!

    1956 Don Larsen Signed & Notated World Series Perfect Game Used Baseball.
    Twenty-seven up, twenty-seven down. And this was no push-over of an opposing batting line-up, but rather the perpetual National League Champs, packed to the brim with future Hall of Famers: Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Pee Wee Reese, Roy Campanella. With the Series tied at two games each, Larsen understood he was just about the last man the Bronx crowd wanted to see on the mound in that crucial fifth game, having surrendered a six-run lead in just 1.2 innings of Game Two action just three days earlier, walking four Dodgers during the brief but painful debacle. But "redemption" is far too weak a term for what the lanky right-hander earned for this return to the mound. The proper word is "immortality."

    It took only ninety-seven pitches to complete his three flawless passes through the Brooklyn line-up, and only the great Pee Wee Reese was able to work him to a three-ball count. A called third strike on dangerous pinch hitter Dale Mitchell to end the game sent the Yankee Stadium crowd into pandemonium, and the image of Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra leaping into Larsen's arms remains one of the most indelible images in baseball history. The jerseys worn by each half of that battery have recently sold at auction, jointly garnering more than $1.3 million.

    Here's another thrilling relic from that peerless day in the Bronx, a baseball that played a role in that glorious, penultimate Yankees victory en route to the 1956 World Championship. It was acquired immediately after the game by famed Yankees collector and team "insider" C.E. "Pat" Olsen, a former member of the Yankees farm system and early "super-fan" who attended nearly 400 World Series contests between the early 1920's and his passing in the year 2000 at age ninety-seven. His story appears in the 1982 World Series program, and is documented in a lengthy letter of provenance from his son.

    Along with that letter, we have a second from Larsen himself which attests to the legitimacy of the ball, confirming that it is his own signature an inscription on the ball, which reads, "Don Larsen, No Hit Game, World Series, Oct. 8, 1956." We note that each letter provided is a copy of the originals, which have been lost. The OAL (Harridge) ball exhibits solid game wear, its stamping identifiable but very faded after six decades of storage. Larsen's writing, however, remains bold and readily legible. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Letter of provenance from original collector (copy). Letter of provenance from Don Larsen (copy). Full LOA from SGC.


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    February, 2018
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