1939 Hillerich & Bradsby Large Advertising Sign.
Extraordinary marketing piece is the first of its kind we've ever
encountered, matching that extreme scarcity with glorious graphics
and remarkably fine condition. Issued by the famed Louisville,
Kentucky bat manufacturer which has served for the past century as
the Major Leagues' primary supplier, the sign proudly recounts the
considerable cross section of early Cooperstown honorees and
devotees of Hillerich & Bradsby lumber. Inaugural class members
Cobb, Collins, Sisler, Wagner, Ruth, Lajoie and Speaker are
pictured in photographic vignettes, as is the tragic Lou Gehrig who
was inducted by special ballot in 1939 soon after his retirement.
Twelve other baseball luminaries whose bronze plaques were present
at the grand opening of the Hall of Fame are noted at center. The
22x29" sign presents only the slightest edge and surface wear to
suggest seven decades of existence, easily assuring itself a place
in the top percentile of period advertising pieces of any kind.
Original easel back is in unused state on verso. To locate another
example is highly unlikely. To locate a finer example, simply
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