Steve Carlton

Steve Carlton autograph
Birthdate 12/22/1944
Death Date
Debut Year 1965
Year of Induction 1994
Teams Phillies
Position Pitcher

Steve Carlton’s 1972 season was one for the ages; his 27 wins for the last-place Philadelphia Phillies accounted for 46% of their 59 wins that season. 

In the collection:

March 17, 1965 contract to appear on Fleer baseball cards

March 17, 1965 contract to appear on Fleer baseball cards

Steve Carlton signed this contract to appear on Fleer baseball cards for the 1965 season. The cards were never produced. At the time the contract was executed, the 20-year old Carlton had yet to throw his first Major League pitch. During his
Signature page of the 1965 Fleer contract

Signature page of the 1965 Fleer contract

The second page of the contract stipulates that Carlton receive $25 for signing his name to the document. Apparently the players were compensated even though the set was never produced. Carlton would not be in the big leagues to stay until 1967.
Up close look at Steve Carlton's pre-MLB debut signature

Up close look at Steve Carlton's pre-MLB debut signature

Carlton signed the bottom of the contract four months after his 19th birthday. The autograph presents a rare example of the signature of the Hall of Fame pitcher before his big league debut. A notoriously difficult signature to obtain during his
Carlton set the NL mark for career strikeouts in 1981, a record he still holds

Carlton set the NL mark for career strikeouts in 1981, a record he still holds

When Steve Carlton fanned his 3,128th batter on September 21, 1981, he surpassed Bob Gibson as the National League’s all time leader in strikeouts. Topps printed a baseball card commemorating the feat. Carlton extended his record to an even 4,000 whiffs. Here he signs the Topps card from the 1982 set.

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