K3405 / Scott 3514
Legendary Playing Fields
Polo Grounds, New York City
The hand painted cachets for this set will be fantastic. In an effort to create an up-close and personal appeal for each cover, I will concentrate on taking a section of each stadium and present it in traditional watercoloring style. Exciting players and steadfast umpires. Famous infields and familiar outfields. Distinctive walls and fences over which notable home runs have been hit. Loyal, cheering fans from America's great cities. All to be blended with brush and paint that will certainly make this the finest set of First Day Covers produced for this wonderful issue of ten new baseball stamps.
A very brief glimpse will give you an idea as to the significance of this set of First Day Covers to collectors of Collins cachets as well as sports and baseball topicalists.
Yankee Stadium - New York City
Has hosted more World Series games than any other stadium.
Comiskey Park - Chicago
In 1933 it hosted the first all-star game.
Fenway Park - Boston
Home of the "Green Monstef'--. a 37-foot high left field wall
Ebbets Field - Brooklyn
Home of the'Brooklyn Bums" - Dodger fans here were among the game's most loyal and colorful.
Wrigley Field - Chicago
Famous for its ivy-covered outfield walls and love of day games.
Crosley Fietd - Cincinnati
Night games started here in 1935 with President Roosevelt switching on the lights from the White House.
Shibe Park - Philadelphia
Major League baseball's first concrete and steel stadium
Forbes Field - Pittsburgh
In sixty-one years as home of the Pirates, no one ever pitched a "no hitter'' here.
Tiger Stadium - Detroit
Home of the Tigers for almost a full century.
Polo Grounds - New York
Home of my boyhood idols the Giants and site of 1951 home run called "shot heard 'round the world."
This set is going to be a great one to have in your Collins collection. Even if you are not a baseball enthusiast, the Americana and historic aspects, as well as the beauty of the cachets, make this offering one you will not want to pass up. And for casual or serious basebaii fans, this is definitely the one you've been waiting for.
This is an extraordinary set that you will not want to miss - and that's a promise. Cachet art in the form of a traditional
watercolor style combines with our national pastime of baseball to make these ten First Day Covers an example of Americana at its finest. I'm pleased to offer the Legendary Playing Fields set of ten.