2012 45¢ Larry Dobby Imperforate
During the fourth game of the 1948 World Series, the Cleveland Indians and Boston Braves were locked in a pitchers’ duel. Boston star pitcher Johnny Sain was pitching to a Cleveland outfielder named Larry Doby, who drove the ball 420 feet for a home run. This would prove to be the game winner.
As the Indians celebrated in the clubhouse after the game, a photographer snapped a picture of Doby and winning pitcher Steve Gromek hugging cheek-to-cheek in sheer joy, with ear-to-ear grins. The picture appeared in major newspapers across the country. It caused a stir.
Doby, a black man, had not even been allowed to play in the Major Leagues two years earlier. Now, he and his white teammate were instant symbols of America’s changing views on race.
Doby (1923-2003) was just 24 years old at the time. He followed Jackie Robinson as the second black player in baseball (Doby was first in the American League). He would go on to play in seven All-Star games and was elected to the Hall of Fame.
Years later, Doby was hired as manager of the Chicago White Sox. One of his players had been born in Cleveland in 1950, and was named Larry Doby Johnson, after the man who was now his manager.
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.