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Collectibles and Don Larsen’s Perfect Game

Don Larsen was a journeyman major league picture who produced one of the most extraordinary performances in Major League Baseball history. Larsen pitched the only perfect game in World Series history in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series between the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers. He threw only 97 pitches in this historic game against a Dodger lineup that featured baseball legends Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, and Dude Snider. Mickey Mantle hit a home run in the 4th inning, and it was the only offensive support Larsen needed with the control he exhibited during this historic performance.

Check out Baseball-Almanac for a box score and read more about the game on Wikipedia.

Yogi Berra and Don Larsen

Many historians consider this one of the Top 10 events in baseball history, so collectors have been eager to get their hands on items from, or related to, the game. I’ll cover a few different options if you’re looking to get an item related to Don Larsen and his perfect game.

Don Larsen sports card collectors have plenty of options since Larsen had a 15-year professional career.

His most popular cards include his 1954 Bowman rookie card and his 1956 and 1957 Topps cards that feature him when he was on the Yankees.

1954 Bowman #101 Don Larsen
1956 Topps #332 Don Larsen
1957 Topps #175 Don Larsen

In 1961, Topps featured the perfect game on card #402, and in the same year, Nu-Card Scoops did the same.

1961 Topps #402 Larsen Pitches Perfect Game
1961 Nu-Card Scoops #418 Don Larsen Perfect W/S Game

A few full tickets and stubs from Larsen’s gem have been encapsulated by PSA as well.

1956 World Series Game 5 Full Ticket
1956 World Series Game 5 Ticket Stub

The most iconic image from the game is of Yogi Berra jumping into Larsen’s arms. That image, and baseballs, can be found with both player’s autographs.

Yogi Berra and Don Larsen Signed Photograph
Yogi Berra and Don Larsen Signed Baseball

A few photographs featuring Larsen and his teammates are on the market. 

Don Larsen Wire Photo

Yogi Berra’s glove and a game-used ball are in the Baseball HOF collection.

And lastly, in 2012, Larsen’s game-worn uniform sold for $756k to Pete Siegel.

Don Larsen’s Perfect Game Jersey

There has never been another perfect game in the World Series, and Larsen’s achievement is one for the record books. To this day, hobbyists still covet items from that Game 5 performance, and they have a lot of options to chose from.

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