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1939 Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Class Signed First Day Cover, PSA/DNA Mint 9....

2011 August Chicago Signature Vintage Sports Collectibles Platinum Auction #7037

 
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Auction Ended On: Aug 4, 2011
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Location: Muvico
9701 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018

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1939 Inaugural Hall of Fame Induction Class Signed First Day Cover, PSA/DNA Mint 9. The identity of a sleepy little town in upstate New York was transformed forever on June 12, 1939, the day the ribbon was cut at the newly founded Baseball Hall of Fame on the shores of Lake Otsego. Though Cooperstown had enjoyed some limited fame with its controversial proclamation as baseball's birthplace, never had the eyes of the nation been so keenly focused upon the leafy hamlet until the day that the greatest living ballplayers convened to receive the game's highest honor. This exceedingly rare first day cover, affixed with four newly released three-cent stamps commemorating baseball's centennial, bears the postmark of that historic date and is autographed by the iconic eleven known to history as the Hall's inaugural class:

G.C. Alexander, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins, Walter Johnson, Larry Lajoie, Connie Mack, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, J. Honus Wagner and Cy Young (twice).

Joining this elite brotherhood are the signatures of ruling Commissioner of Baseball and future Hall of Famer Kenesaw Mountain Landis, and an unidentified signature notated "PM," ostensibly the postmaster of Cooperstown. It should be noted that United States Postmaster General James A. Farley was in attendance this day, but the signature is clearly not his. All signatures retain every last degree of boldness they enjoyed upon their initial application, with mild toning of the envelope's glue the only possible stone to throw. We couldn't imagine a finer surviving specimen, and PSA/DNA bolsters this opinion with its Mint 9 rating, a grade rarely delivered by the service's exacting experts. One of the most important and desirable autographed pieces in the hobby, a granite cornerstone for the finest of private collections. Encapsulated PSA/DNA Mint 9.

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