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Cleveland Indians legend Bob Feller dies at 92

By Chris Olds | Editor

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, a Cleveland Indians legend known for his flaming fastball on the field and his prolific pen on the autograph circuit, died on Wednesday. He was 92.

Feller appears on a total of 1,692 baseball cards in the Beckett.com database — 607 of those being certified autographs and 470 being memorabilia cards.

His lone Rookie Card appears in the 1948 Bowman set, a $250 card.

“Rapid Robert” was a Hall of Fame inductee in 1962 (his first time on the ballot) after winning 266 games in 18 big-league seasons, all with Cleveland. He struck out 2,581 batters and led the American League in strikeouts seven times, but is perhaps best remembered for his high leg kick during his delivery and three no-hitters. His no-no on Opening Day in 1940 remains unequaled, and only two pitchers — Sandy Koufax (four) and Nolan Ryan (seven) pitched more no-nos.

His first certified autograph appears in the 1983 ASA set featuring him, a card valued at just $20 but a card that is among the first certified autograph cards ever made.

The Van Meter Heater’s legacy can be examined at the Bob Feller Museum in his hometown — and collectors wanting to find a Feller autograph (though they are plentiful) can find a wide selection of items in its store.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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