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Cool Papa Bell
(b. May 17, 1903 - d. March 7, 1991)
Perhaps the fastest man to ever play the game, Cool Papa Bell starred as an outfielder in the Negro Leagues for more than two decades. Satchel Paige claimed Bell was so fast he could switch off the light and leap into bed before the room got dark. Often credited with scoring from second on a sacrifice fly, Bell hit .392 against organized major league competition.
Inducted in 1974
1981 Perez-Steele Cool Papa Bell #141 PSA 10 GEM-MT
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Comments: In October, 2003 I won an eBay auction for a raw 1978 Wallin Grand Slam card. A short time later I submitted the item to PSA but they wouldn't grade it. Who knows? I remember needing the Bell because at the time the card would put me at 100% on the PSA registry. In 2004, I purchased a raw example of the Perez-Steele issue at The National in Cleveland, OH. I submitted it in person with a FREE coupon I had to PSA - a couple days later I had this GEM MT 10 in my hands.
Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1981
ACC Set Designation:
Set Name: Perez-Steele
Country: United States
Description: In 1980, Perez-Steele Galleries of Ft. Washington, Pa., produced the first in a series of limited-edition (10,000 each) postcards devoted to members of the Hall of Fame. The company updates its series regularly to add new inductees. The 3-1/2" X 5-1/2" cards feature color portrait and smaller sepia action watercolor paintings by Dick Perez. Decorative postcard backs have a few words about the player, card and series number and individual set number from within the edition of 10,000. Cards were sold in series only, in a color-coded box which includes a checklist.