Panini America’s History-Making Mail Day Features Vin Scully’s First Autographs

August 08, 2012

We’re on the receiving end of monumental mail calls almost every day here at Panini America. Such is the case when you’re dealing with autographs and memorabilia from the greatest athletes — upcoming, current, legendary — in the worlds of baseball, basketball, football and hockey.

But the fact of the matter is that some mail days are way more historic than others. Today was one of those days.

The epic notification email from our own Magale Rolden hit my inbox at 9:20 this morning. I was back in Acquisitions before 9:21. At long last, Vin Scully’s autographs for the upcoming 2012 Cooperstown Baseball had arrived. The legendary broadcaster has been the voice of Dodgers baseball — and the very voice of baseball royalty — for 63 seasons.

Scully earned the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford Frick Award in 1982 and he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1995. No broadcaster in the history of professional sports has been with one team longer. But he’s never before appeared on a certified autographed baseball card — until now.

Limited to 100 copies, Scully’s signature undeniably will be one of the biggest draws from the upcoming 2012 Cooperstown Baseball release. (Speaking of legendary members of the media, Peter Gammons’ Cooperstown autographs fittingly arrived today, too.)

You can get your first look at both Scully and Gammons in the gallery below. Also included: Revealing peeks at some of the Old School signatures from the upcoming 2012-13 Prestige Basketball . . . your first look at some of the autographed USA Baseball content from the upcoming 2012 Prime Cuts Baseball . . . and some jaw-dropping gems from the upcoming 2011-12 Dominion Hockey.

Take your sweet time to soak it all in and stay tuned . . . that next monumental mail day just might be tomorrow.