In one of the worst trades in baseball history, the NY Mets traded Nolan Ryan to the California Angels in exchange for Jim Fregosi. The 24-year-old Ryan was just entering his prime superstar years while veteran Fregosi was on the downside of his career. 1972 was a banner year for Ryan, who racked up 19 wins, a 2.28 era and a league-leading 329 K's. Fregosi tanked for the Mets that year, batting .232 with five HR's. Ryan went on to become one of the greatest pitcher's of all time winning more than 300 games and striking out an incredible 5,714 batters in his career. A record that will never be broken!
Presented here is the actual, one of a kind, original first contract for Nolan Ryan to pitch for the Angels dated Feb. 1, 1972. This contract was signed boldly with a blue ballpoint by Joe Cronin, American League President, Angels, G.M. Harry Dalton, and Nolan Ryan, himself.
Included in this display with the contract is a PSA encapsulated boldly signed Nolan Ryan 1971 Topps card and a perfectly signed Nolan Ryan 1972 Topps card also PSA/DNA certified and encapsulated. These cards represent both his last year with the New York Mets, and - after being traded, - his first year with the California Angels. It was during those months of the off-season between 1971 and 1972 that he signed this historic contract. Comes complete with an LOA from the world's number one authenticator PSA/DNA.
Size: 22 3/4" x 23 1/4" framed
Authentication: PSA/DNA signed Letter of Authenticity
Signatures: Contract: blue ballpoint ink (all signatures), Cards: blue Sharpie
Ryan went on to throw 4 no-hitters with the Angels, cementing himself in the Hall of Fame and as one of the game’s greatest hurlers.
Item #0238 - Historic Nolan Ryan Signed 1972 California Angels Contract! - PSA/DNA
- Product Code: Item-0238
- Availability: In Stock