1939 Centennial of Baseball Signed Stamp Collection with Cobb, and McCarthy (11)

Sold For: $1,293

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1016

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In 1939 the United States Post Office joined in the yearlong celebration of baseball's 100th anniversary by issuing a commemorative three-cent "Centennial of Baseball" stamp. While the stamp was certainly a big hit with philatelists, it also caught the eye of a few autograph collectors, who found the issue to be both a novel and attractive venue for acquiring baseball signatures that season. This collection is comprised of eleven individually signed Centennial of Baseball stamps, five of which are signed by Hall of Famers, and six of which are signed by non-Hall of Famers. Unless otherwise noted, all of the signatures are scripted in black fountain pen on the front of the stamp and grade "9" or "10." The players represented here are Ty Cobb ("8'), Connie Mack, Joe McCarthy, Lefty Gomez, Red Ruffing (Ruffing has added the date "1939" below his name), George Selkirk ("6/7"), Frank Crosetti, Bump Hadley ("7/8"), Babe Dahlgren, Steve Sundra, and Johnny Murphy. All of the players represented here, with the exception of Cobb and Mack, were members of the World Champion New York Yankees in 1939. Signed 1939 Centennial of Baseball stamps are rare, especially those signed by prominent Hall of Fame members such as Cobb. This is a substantial collection for these and by far the largest group we have ever offered. The postage stamps (1.5 x 1 inches) are in Excellent condition overall, with nine mounted onto cardboard backings listing the player's name and year (the stamps are not affixed to the backing, but instead are housed in mylar sleeves and can therefore be easily removed). LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 11 signed stamps. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,293

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