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    1956 Don Larsen Single Signed 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.

    Just a handful of baseballs that saw action during that most famous World Series game are available to the modern collecting hobby, and we're pleased for the opportunity to present this one, fouled into the stands and into the hands of a high-ranking executive with the Blue Cross Insurance Company, a firm that sponsored the Yankees in those days. A notarized letter from the widow of this lucky witness to history explains that it was likely due to that corporate connection that her husband was able to gain entry to the clubhouse to garner an autograph from the game's unlikely hero.

    That vintage "Best Wishes, Don Larsen" application is sealed beneath an ancient coating of shellac on the OAL (Harridge) orb, a fact that quite effectively reinforces the widow's tale. One could imagine no other reason why an otherwise rather ordinary pitcher's autograph would be acquired and preserved in such a manner. Just a small handful of Larsen game balls have ever surfaced, so this is a special opportunity to participate in the history of what is perhaps the most famous Yankees game ever played. Notarized letter of provenance from widow of original owner. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA.

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    November, 2014
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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