2012 45¢ Joe DiMaggio Imperforate
Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999), centerfielder for the New York Yankees, was known for his grace on and off the baseball field. In the outfield, he chased down long fly balls with an effortless stride that earned him the nickname, “The Yankee Clipper.” But that grace was matched with strength – his other nickname was “Joltin’ Joe.” In just 13 seasons (he lost three to war-time service), he hit 361 home runs.
DiMaggio became a cultural symbol. As America struggled with its identity during the 1960s, one popular song lamented, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? The nation turns its lonely eyes to you.” Glamour accompanied legend, as he twice married a Hollywood actress: first Dorothy Arnold, and later Marilyn Monroe. For 20 years after Monroe’s death, DiMaggio sent roses to Monroe’s grave up to three times a week.
As a player, DiMaggio was perhaps best known for hitting in 56 straight games in 1941, a feat no one has come close to matching. In game 57 he was twice robbed of hits by outstanding plays by Cleveland third-baseman Ken Keltner. In the dugout after the game, DiMaggio reacted in his typical calm manner. “Well, that’s over,” was all he said. The next day he started a new 17-game streak.
Kadir Nelson of Los Angeles created the art for this stamp, based on a historic photograph.
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 – order today.