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1939 Baseball Centennial Stamps Uncut Sheet Including Babe Ruth

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $720

The 1939 Baseball Centennial, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the "birth" of baseball, was a yearlong celebration highlighted by the dedication of the Baseball Hall of Fame on June 12th. Naturally, a number of souvenir items commemorating the game's anniversary were produced and sold that year, including a beautiful set of twenty-five specially produced Centennial of Baseball Stamps. (An album was also issued to house the stamps.) The set was produced by Emery .A. Parichy, who in 1934 started his own baseball museum in Illinois, the Forrest Park Baseball Museum, which predated the Hall of Fame and opened to the public in 1935. Presented here is a complete set of the twenty-five 1939 Baseball Centennial Stamps in sheet form as issued. Stamps numbered 1-13, most of which are horizontal in design, picture famous baseball pioneers or illustrations concerning the game's early history. (Interesting note: some of the stamp artwork was supplied by Al Damaree, the ballplayer from the teens, who was also an illustration artist who had a special interest in baseball-related projects. Demaree was also responsible for the artwork in the backgrounds of 1938 Goudey "Heads-Up" cards, the cartoon bodies of R304 Al Demaree Die-Cuts, and 1947 Signal Oil cards). Stamps numbered 14-25, which are vertical in design, featured portraits of many of the game's greatest players, including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson. These colorful stamps have text along the top and border bottom borders that reads, respectively, "1839 Centennial of Baseball 1939" and "Commemorative Poster Stamps." Both the left and right borders feature illustrations of baseball equipment, including gloves, bats, balls, and catcher's gear. The sheet measures approximately 9 x 11.25 inches and presents as Excellent to Near Mint overall, with bold colors and crisp images. It would technically grade more modestly due to a few hard-to-see surface wrinkles near the perforations and slight separations in the bottom row. This sheet is ideal for display and could easily be matted and framed to mitigate these minor flaws and present a superb Near Mint overall appearance! Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $720

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