2012 45¢ MLB All-Stars
The great poet Walt Whitman is widely credited with saying, “I see great things in baseball. It’s our game – the American game.” Whitman’s prediction proved true, as America’s love of baseball turned it into the national pastime.
Now, our love affair is so deep that the game’s biggest stars can rise to become national heroes. In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service honored four players whose drive for greatness transcended feats of skill.
Joe DiMaggio became a national hero through his seemingly effortless ability and storybook romance with Marilyn Monroe. Ted Williams said, “When I walk down the street, I want people to say ‘There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived.’” Many fans and historians think he succeeded.
Willie Stargell played 21 years for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a career highlighted by mammoth home runs. As the second black player in the Major Leagues (and the first in the American League) Larry Doby faced the same obstacles as Jackie Robinson. But “the media didn’t want to tell the same story twice,” Doby said. He excelled with grace and dignity.
These All-Stars, each of them Hall of Famers, found their way into baseball immortality by different paths. With every base hit and home run, they created their own legends.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was the site for the first of five First Day Ceremonies for this set of four stamps honoring some of baseball’s greatest players. Ceremonies took place in each of the cities where the players spent their careers. Stamps were also issued as separate sheets for each athlete. Imperforate sheets were issued for a single All-Star pane picturing all four baseball greats and four individual panes, each showing one player. Kadir Nelson of Los Angeles created the art for the stamps, based on historic photographs.
Value: 45¢ 1-ounce first-class letter rate
Issued: July 20, 2012
First Day City: Cooperstown, NY – National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed By: Avery Dennison
Printing Method: Photogravure
Scarce Modern Imperforates
The modern imperforate stamps are one of the hottest stories around. In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service released some issues as press sheets. The sheets with die cut perforations were issued in limited quantities.
To the surprise of many collectors, officials then issued a small number of press sheets without perforations. The uncut sheets were only available in Kansas City, Missouri, yet most sold out immediately. In an instant, the imperforate stamp sheets became modern rarities. For example, only 75,000 Baseball All-Star se-tenant sheets were issued compared to 118,000 Bugs Bunny sheets with the 10th stamp imperforate.
In a controversial move, the editors of Scott Catalogue announced they would not list or give numbers to these stamps because they did not fit Scott guidelines. This decision was strongly debated since the imperforate stamps are valid for postage. They eventually decided to give the stamps minor numbers.
Because they were issued in such limited quantities, these scarce modern imperforates can be difficult to find. Luckily Mystic purchased a small number of each imperforate stamp issued so you can add these modern rarities to your collection. Be one of the lucky few who owns these scarce stamps and order today.