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Hartland of Ohio Announces Shotgun Shuba as 2008 Club Figure

Player Known for Famous Handshake to Sign 150 Figures

Source: Hartland of Ohio LLC — Posted 10/22/2008

Hartland of Ohio LLC has announced that their 2008 Collector Club piece will be a hand-signed George "Shotgun" Shuba figure.

The Shotgun Shuba figure will stand 8" tall and will be signed by Shuba at the Cleveland Christmas show taking place November 21-23, 2008. The figure will be limited to 150 pieces and will come with the Certificate of Authenticity and Hartland's hang tag. This figure is the official club piece for Hartland's collector club. Club memberships for 2008 are sold out; the next window for joining the club will be in 2009. A limited number of retail versions of this figure will be available to non-members for $50.00 + S/H.

George "Shotgun" Shuba is a former utility outfielder and lefthanded pinch hitter in Major League Baseball who played seven seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers. His seven seasons included three World Series as well as a World Series championship in 1955. He was the first National League player to hit a pinch-hit home run in a World Series game.

Shuba is best remembered for his symbolic role in breaking down Major League Baseball's color barrier. While playing for a farm team in the 1940s, Shuba offered a congratulatory handshake to rival team player Jackie Robinson, who went on to become the first black player in the major leagues. The moment was captured in a famous photograph.

Mr. Shuba will sign the figures for club members and meet guests of the Cleveland Christmas show. The figures can be purchased from the website, www.hartlandllc.com, or by calling Fay at 440.796.6973.

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