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1996 Dwight Gooden "No-Hitter" Team-Signed Pitching Rubber and Game Ball
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,880.00
On May 14, 1996, Dwight Gooden achieved baseball immortality by tossing a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium. Offered here is the pitching rubber from that game that was later signed by forty-seven Yankee team members (including clubhouse personnel) and presented to Gooden in honor of his accomplishment. Gooden later presented the rubber to Barry Halper, at which time he inscribed the top of it in blue Sharpie: "To: My pal Barry. No Body has a better collection than you - Dwight Gooden - No Hitter 5-14-96." All of the remaining Yankee signatures have been scripted in black Sharpie on either of the two side panels. In addition to signing the piece, a number of Yankee players have also added a brief inscription to Gooden. Included among the signers, with any inscriptions noted in parenthesis, are Derek Jeter, Bernie Williams ("Outstanding!"), Joe Girardi, Jim Leyritz ("Congrats Doc - Great Game"), Steve Howe, Wade Boggs, Don Zimmer (coach), Mariano Duncan, Jimmy Key, Tino Martinez, Tony Cloninger (coach), Paul O'Neill, Bob Wickman, Gerald Williams, Jim Mecir ("Great Job Doc!"), Andy Fox ("What A Game!"), Willie Randolph ("Hey Doc, You Done Good"), John Wetteland ("Thanks Doc! It Was a Thrill!"), Jeff Nelson ("Great Job!"), Andy Pettitte ("Way to Go!"), Tim Raines, Jose Cardinal (coach), Joe Torre ("Thanks Doc!"), Mel Stottlemyre ("Thanks Doc"), Scott Kamieniecki, David Cone ("All the way Back"), and Kenny Rogers. All of the signatures have been boldly scripted and grade "9/10." The top of the rubber has been decorated in black vinyl letters and numerals to commemorate the occasion. "No Hit Game" is lettered in large letters, above and below which, respectively, are the date ("May 14, 1996") and the locale ("Yankee Stadium"). The line score for the Yankees and Mariners appears in the lower left and right corners, respectively. The rubber (24 x 6 x 6 inches) displays normal game use and is otherwise in Excellent condition. Included with the rubber is a game ball from Gooden's no-hitter that has been inscribed in blue ink ("10") by Gooden on a side panel: "To: Barry - My good friend - Dwight Gooden - 5-14-96 - Used Game Ball." The official American League (Budig) ball is moderately soiled and otherwise in Excellent condition. From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 2 items (pitching rubber and ball). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,880.00
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