While numerous hobbyists have pursued a complete Perez-Steele Great Moments autograph set, the vast majority have been stymied in their quest. The reason? While Richie Ashburn was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995, the esteemed Pennsylvania gallery did not release his series until 1997. Unfortunately, Ashburn passed away from a sudden heart attack on September 9, 1997 after broadcasting a Mets-Phillies game. Between product release (limited to only 5,000 copies) and Ashburn’s passing, only a handful of card #98 were signed by the legend.
Graded Gem Mint 10 by PSA/DNA (Auto Grade only). The offered 1997 Perez-Steele Great Moments #98 Richie Ashburn provides a seldom encountered opportunity for several hobbyists to finally complete their projects. The lengthy and ultra high-grade blue marker endorsement spans nearly 3-1/2” along the lower portion of the oversized collectible. Additionally, the serially numbered #3846/5,000 card presents in strong (NM-MT) condition. The offered rarity represents the finest player/autograph combination ever offered for public sale from this popular edition. The reverse is affixed with a JSA Authentication sticker. This item has a reserve. Estimated value ($13,000-$25,000).