With Major League
Baseball’s regular season winding down, one of the major grading
services is ramping up a new series of autographed coins.
Thirty-one players and managers enshrined in the National Baseball
Hall of Fame and Museum have signed insert labels for
PCGS-certified 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame 75th Anniversary gold,
silver and copper-nickel clad commemorative coins, according to a
Sept. 2 PCGS
Apart from the hall-of-famers, a dozen other
former all stars provided their signatures, as did Olympic softball
gold medal winner Jenny Finch, and artist Cassie McFarland, who
designed the coins’ curved baseball glove obverse.
"The Hall of Fame coins have been extremely popular with both
coin and sports memorabilia collectors,” PCGS vice president Miles
Standish said. "Combining PCGS certification of the coins with
authentic signatures of Hall of Fame players' autographs on the
inserts is a great way to enjoy both hobbies."
latest Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Cooperstown, N.Y., took
place in late July. Three of this
year's inductees — Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa and Frank Thomas —
are among the PCGS signors.
The Hall of Fame members
participating in the PCGS autographed coin program are:
Other former major league players who also have signed PCGS insert
labels are Bill Buckner, Doc Gooden, Pedro Martinez, Minnie Minoso,
Dale Murphy, Tony Oliva, Jimmy Piersall, Pete Rose, Lee Smith, Darryl
Strawberry and Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams.
All the autographs are signed in the presence of a PCGS representative.
The Baseball Hall of Fame signatures program is the latest in a
series of PCGS autographed-coin projects. Previous insert autographs
have included former U.S. Presidents Gerald R. Ford and George H.W.
Bush, as well as former U.S. Mint directors Jay Johnson, Edmund Moy,
Donna Pope and Jay Johnson, and chief engraver John Mercanti.
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