Monday, September 20, 2010

Durocher Auto Stamp Card

1939 was a special year. Leo "The Lip" Durocher, at the tail end of his 17 year Major league career, entered his second season with the Brooklyn Dodgers as their player-manager. This would be the start of a managerial career than would eventually span 24 season and an eventual induction into the Hall of Fame in 1994. That first season as the skipper saw him lead the team to a 84-69 record (good enough for 3rd place in the division). He even batted a hefty .277 in 421 at bats as the teams primary shortstop- good enough for an 8th place showing in the MVP voting that year.

1939 was also Baseball's centennial year. All of Baseball and the country celebrated this important milestone with everything from commemorative patches to a special stamp issued by the Post Office.

The extremely limited card above and below features, not only, this great stamp, but it also has a period signature from Leo Durocher on it. The stamp is known as Scott #855 Centennial of Baseball, and the card is a "one of one" rarity that just looks phenomenal.