Larsen perfect game uniform to sell at US baseball auction
Don Larsen's perfect game New York Yankees uniform will auction in December
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Tuesday 29 May 2012
The New York Yankees uniform Don Larsen wore when he pitched the only World Series perfect game is coming to auction later in the year.
The Bronx Bombers' pitcher retired all 27 batters he faced in game 5 of the 1956 World Series.
In doing so he helped the Yankees to a 2-0 victory over the across town Brooklyn Dodgers. The Yankees went on to win the series in seven games.
"I really don't know what it is worth," Larsen told the New York Times.
"But what I do know is that in terms of historic importance, my uniform is a part of one of the greatest moments in the history of sports. I have thought about that perfect game, more than once a day, every day of my life since the day I threw it."
Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles we have a good idea of its value.
Larsen's gloves, shoes, cap and last-out baseball from the historic game sold for $120,750 in 2002, while the uniform worn by Larsen's catcher that day, Yogi Berra, made $565,000 in 2010.
We expect Larsen's jersey and pants to comfortably make seven figures.
They will appear at an online auction that runs from October 6, the 50th anniversary of the game, until December 5.
The current world record for a piece of sports memorabilia is Babe Ruth's earliest known jersey, which sold for $4.4m earlier this month.
"While the Babe Ruth jersey was worn at some point by the greatest baseball player of all time, the uniform worn by Don Larsen is part of arguably the greatest single achievement in the history of sports," Larsen's sports marketing agent, Andrew Levy, told the newspaper.
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