Between 1981 and 1989, the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum issued this limited-edition set of metallic baseball cards reproducing the plaques of the baseball stars enshrined. The plaques are pictured on blank-backed gold anodized aluminum (2.5 x 3.5 inches). The set was sold through the Hall of Fame's gift shop and was discontinued for economic reasons in 1989. The series was limited to only 1,000 plaques of each player. Offered is a complete set of 204 cards, with 56 of the metallic cards signed by the respective player (out of a possible 69 that could have been autographed).
Each card has been boldly signed on the front (with the exception of Bell; on the reverse) in either blue or black Sharpie, with each signature grading either "9" or "10." The 56 signed cards are as follows: Aaron, Aparicio, Appling, Banks, Barlick, Bell (signed on the reverse), Bench, Berra, Boudreau, Brock, Campanella (post-accident signature), Chandler, Dandridge, Dickey, DiMaggio, Doerr, Drysdale, Feller, Ferrell, Ford, Gehringer, Gibson, Herman, Hunter, Irvin, Kaline, Kell, Killebrew, Kiner, Koufax, Lemon, Leonard, Lopez, Mantle, Marichal, Mathews, Mays, McCovey, Mize, Musial, Reese, Roberts, B. Robinson, F. Robinson, Schoendienst, Sewell, Slaughter, Snider, Spahn, Stargell, Terry, Wilhelm, B. Williams, T. Williams, Wynn, and Yastrzemski. It was possible (due to death dates) for only a total of 69 Hall of Famers to sign these cards. The 13 Hall of Fame cards missing for completion are those of Conlan, Coveleski, Cronin, Gomez, Greenberg, Grimes, Hoyt, Hubbell, T. Jackson, J. Johnson, Kelly, Lyons, and Roush. Each of the signed cards displays a PSA/DNA authentication label affixed to the reverse (with the exception of Mathews); however, there are no accompanying COAs from PSA/DNA. The metallic cards are in overall Nr/Mt-Mt condition and are accompanied by their original custom album as issued. Total 204 cards (56 signed). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $500. Estimate (open).
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