Baseball Dedication at AMERICOVER

Negro Leagues Baseball Stamps Dedication Planned At AMERICOVER 2010 August 6th

The cry of "Play Ball" will be heard at AMERICOVER 2010, the annual show and convention of the American First Day Cover Society that's being held August 6-8 in Oak Brook, Ill., near Chicago.

A dedication ceremony for the new Negro Leagues Baseball stamps will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 6, in the Marquis Room of the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, sponsored by the AFDCS, the Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER), and the American Ceremony Program Society.

Two former Negro Leagues players, Johnny "Lefty" Washington and Hank "Baby" Presswood, will speak at the ceremony, along with representatives of the AFDCS, ESPER, ACPS and the U.S. Postal Service. Washington and Presswood will also be available to sign autographs and memorabilia after the ceremony.

Washington was a versatile athlete who played pitcher, first base and outfield for the Houston Eagles and Chicago American Giants in the late 1940s, as well as the U.S. Marine national championship team in 1952. Presswood played shortstop and third base for the Cleveland Buckeyes and Kansas City Monarchs in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

In addition, the USPS will be selling the two new 44-cent Negro Leagues Baseball stamps and will offer two pictorial postmarks, one that is being used nationwide to celebrate the issuance of the stamps and the other a baseball-theme postmark for AMERICOVER 2010 (the “show cancel”).

AMERICOVER 2010 also features a national-level exhibition of first day covers, a commercial dealers bourse and a cachetmakers bourse, a forum by a postal official involved with first day covers, seminars, meetings, a youth table, the Stamps in The Attic quick collection evaluation service, and several auctions.

Customers at the cachetmakers bourse are likely to see a wide variety of FDCs for the Negro Leagues Baseball issue.

ESPER is an international stamp society which promotes the collecting of African Americans on stamps and the collecting of stamps by African Americans. The ACPS is a collectors club dedicated to the preservation of Postal Service first day and philatelic-related event programs. The AFDCS is the largest non-profit organization for first day cover collectors in the world, and publisher of the award-winning journal First Days.

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