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    1965 Topps Steve Carlton - Cardinals 1965 Rookie Stars #477 PSA Gem Mint 10! "He was an artist," explained former Phillies great turned broadcaster Richie Ashburn. "He painted a ball game. Stroke. Stroke. Stroke. And when it was through, he had a masterpiece." The superstar southpaw started off his Major League career with the St. Louis Cardinals, sharing space here with fellow newcomer Fritz Ackley. Carlton, marching to the beat of his own drummer, studied Eastern philosophy, practiced meditation long before it became popular, and increased the strength of his fingers and hands by twisting his hands down to the bottom of a pail of sand. He believed a pitcher must throw often to build up strength, and he remains the last Major League pitcher to have pitched over 300 innings in a season. With 5,217.2 lifetime innings, he is ninth in the history of baseball. Carlton is also the last pitcher to have won twenty-five or more games in a season. He won four Cy Young Awards with the Phillies and was a ten-time All-Star and two-time World Champion.

    It all began here, at age twenty, with twenty-five innings of work and neither a victory or defeat to his name by the time the 1965 season that gave birth to this card was complete. But one smart collector protected this rookie commemorative like the treasure it would prove to be, guiding it toward its eventual home in a PSA Gem Mint 10 slab to join only a half-dozen others in that elite distinction.


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