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Exceptional collection of game-worn memorabilia from the great Hall of Fame pitcher Steve "Lefty" Carlton, certainly one of the great pitchers of his era, or any other.

The collection includes an exceptional 1981 Philadelphia Phillies Road Jersey worn by Carlton during his incredible 1981 season, the strike-shortened year that saw the Phillies finishe in first place during the season's first half, a victim of the "split season."  Carlton's remarkable 13-4 record against a 2.42 ERA saw him finish third in the Cy Young voting behind Fernando Valenzuela and Tom Seaver (both of whom had comparable, but not significantly stronger, seasons).  The period between 1980 and 1983, for Carlton, yielded a World Series title, two 20-win seasons, two Cy Young awards, three strikeout titles, the career lead in strikeouts, and his 300th victory - clearly the peak of an incredible career.  During the 1981 Season, Carlton broke the National League all-time strikeout record, surpassing Bob Gibson.  

The Wilson Size 46 jersey is from Set 1 of Carlton's remains in outstanding condition, exhibiting only very light wear and a tad of ring around the collar.  All the necessary tagging is in place.  Originally sold as part of the Barry Halper collection, we have elected to leave the Halper tagging affixed to the jersey for reasons of provenance.  However, we have additionally elected to submit the jersey to SGC's Dave Grob for further review, where it received the highest possible assessment of Superior.  

On September 23, 1983, future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton became the 16th pitcher to win 300 games, defeating the Cardinals in St. Louis, 6-2.  In the game, Carlton pitched eight innings, striking out 12 and walking one, scattering 7 hits and giving up just two runs.  Presented here is a Philadelphia Phillies cap, stirrups, and cleats, along with a Rawlings HT76 pro-model glove, each attributed by Carlton himself to have been worn during that legendary 300th win on September 23 of 1983.  The ensemble was donated by Carlton to the fabled collection of Barry Halper, accompanied by an index card with a note penned by Lefty himself, reading:

Barry:

     The glove, shoes and hat were worn by me the night I won my 300th game.  I hope you are as proud displaying them as I was wearing them.

Your friend,

Steve Carlton

The A76 glove features Carlton's number 32 written along the thumb and reverse of the glove, closely matching the glove worn by Carlton in the cover photo of the October 3, 1983 issue of Sports Illustrated.  Carlton's maroon Nike cleats - also closely matching the cover - have been inscribed by Carlton inside each of the Nike "swoosh" logos, "Steve Carlton #300".  Interestingly, the left cleat has been treated with a heavy "tuff tue" reinforcement, which helped to prevent the tearing of the fabric resulting from Carlton dragging his left foot during his delivery.  Despite this, the left shoe does exhibit the beginnings of a tear in the leather near the area where the instep meets the toe.  The cap, a Wilson size 7 1/8, exhibits sonme light wear, a faded #32 written inside the cap.  Carlton has inscribed the brim, "Steve Carlton, #300 9/23/83).  The cap, glove and stirrups are also covered in Dave Grob's SGC letter, though SGC does not issue grades for such items.

We have elected to leave the Halper Collection tagging intact on each of the items for the purposes of provenance, but they are easily removed by the winning bidder, should that person elect to do so.  An exceptional collection of memorabilia related to key milestones in a legendary career.  JSA Basic Cert for the accompanied index card, full SGC LOA for the jersey, cleats, cap and stirrups. 

Steve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC SuperiorSteve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC SuperiorSteve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC SuperiorSteve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC SuperiorSteve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC SuperiorSteve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC SuperiorSteve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC SuperiorSteve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC SuperiorSteve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC SuperiorSteve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC SuperiorSteve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC Superior
Steve Carlton Game-Worn Memorabilia Collection, Including 1981 Jersey and the Cap, Glove, Cleats & Stirrups Attributed to His 300th Win - Grob/SGC Superior
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Minimum Bid: $2,500
Final prices include buyers premium.: $23,370
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Sunday, December 1, 2019.
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