Tuesday, February 8, 2011

World Cup USA94 - first day covers

An unofficial first day is created when a stamp is postally canceled at a post office other than the one at which it was issued. Following my attendance at the first day ceremony in East Rutherford I traveled to Kearny...Soccer Town, USA...to obtain an unofficial cancel. Kearny is the birthplace of Tony Meola, US National Team; John Harkes, US National team, Ted Gillen, Metrostars and was home to Tab Ramos, US National team...The above cover is signed by Tony Meola, US National team, Metrostars, Kansas City Wizards, NY Red Bull (MLS) NJ Ironmen (MISL)....The residents of Kearny played soccer back into the 1800's as one of the starting places for high level competition in the amateur leagues.. Although cultural diversity of Kearny has changed over the years they still lean on their Scottish heritage and soccer...

This cover features unofficial postal cancelations from East Rutherford and Union, NJ...Union is the home of Kean College, which served as training facility for Saudi Arabia during their stay in the US.

The cover is signed by Peter Vermes, US National team, NJ native, graduate of Rutgers University...played for the Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL); Metrostars, Colorado Rapids, KC Wizards (MLS)...

Don Thompson hand painted cachet

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