Collection of 48 individually autographed baseball first-day covers issued by Gateway between the years 1978 and 1981 (all but 9 date from 1979), plus two autographed baseball first-day covers issued at the "Rockford '79" Annual Philatelic Exhibition in 1979. A total of nineteen different Hall of Fame signatures are represented here. The remaining signatures are of top stars from the era. The signatures, scripted in a variety of inks, are boldly executed on the front of each cover and grade either "9" or "10." The covers (6.5 x 3.75 inches) feature a 15¢ stamp and are duly postmarked. In Excellent to Mint condition overall. The collection consists of the following: Hall of Famer Autographed Gateway Covers (17):
Brett, Brock, Carew, Carlton, Ford, Gibson, Gossage, McCovey, Mize, Perry, Rice, Ryan, Schmidt, Stargell, Sutter, Sutton, and Weaver. Non Hall of Famer Autographed Gateway Covers (31):
Willie Aikens, Joaquin Andujar, Don Baylor, Mark Belanger, Bruce Bochte, Larry Bowa, Doug DeCinces, Rick Dempsey, Bucky Dent, George Foster, Kiko Garcia, Phil Garner, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Keith Hernandez, Grant Jackson, Jim Kern, Dave Kingman, Davey Lopes, Fred Lynn, Bill Madlock, Lee Mazzilli, Minnie Minoso, Omar Moreno, Amos Otis, Dave Parker, Darrell Porter, Ted Simmons, Ken Singleton, Roy Smalley, and Chuck Tanner. Rockford Autographed Covers (2):
1) Joe Niekro and 2) Stan Musial and Lou Boudreau (together on the same cover). Total: 50 autographed first-day covers. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Pre certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication. Reserve $200. Estimate (open).
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