Pre-order stats for Forever stamps honoring four of Major League Baseball’s most iconic legends indicate that Ted Williams is in the leadoff slot for hits with 14,380 stamps sold. Joe DiMaggio is following with 10,100; Willie Stargell with 5,920. Larry Doby is batting cleanup at 4,700.
“It’s still early in the season, and Ted Williams has gotten off to a fast start,” said U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Manager Stephen Kearney. “Baseball fans are relentless for stepping up to the plate to support their teams and players. I’m sure as the summer unfolds it will be like a tight pennant race as we see who buys the most individual player sheets.”
Responding to overwhelming demand following the May 13 “Opening Day” announcement to honor the four players collectively on a single sheet of 20 Forever stamps, the Postal Service announced on May 31 it will issue sheets of 20 stamps honoring each player individually. Events will take place in Cooperstown and the cities where each Hall of Famer played.
“It’s a double header for baseball fans,” Kearney added. “As these are Forever stamps, they will be good for mailing 1-ounce First-Class letters anytime in the future—even better than DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak,” he added. “And of special interest to baseball memorabilia collectors, we’re pre-selling some of our first ever pristine, no perforations uncut press sheets.”
Kearney noted that the individual player stamp sheets will be sold only in limited quantities beginning July 21 at select Post Offices in Boston, MA; Cleveland, OH; Cooperstown, NY; New York, NY; and Pittsburgh, PA. To ensure customers obtain all the individual player sheets and related philatelic products, he recommended ordering them between now and August 31.
Customers may preorder the stamps and collectible products today by visiting this link: www.usps.com/play-ball, by calling 1-800-STAMP24 (1-800-782-6724), or by mailing a check or money order to:
MLB Pre-order Offer
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Dr #210
Kansas City, MO 64144-0001
For mail orders, customers should include an additional $1.25 for orders up to $50. or $1.75 for orders over $50.
First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremonies will take place in five cities:
- July 20, 10 a.m., Cooperstown, NY, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
The First-Day-of-Issue Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps dedication ceremony for the sheet of stamps featuring all four players is taking place at the Museum as part of opening day festivities for the four-day Hall of Fame Weekend celebration in Cooperstown. Available nationwide that day, the stamps can also be purchased at the Museum and at the Cooperstown Post Office.
- July 21 in Boston, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and New York
First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremonies for each of the individual player stamp sheets are being planned to honor DiMaggio in New York; Doby in Cleveland; Stargell in Pittsburgh; and Williams in Boston. Details on event locations will be announced at a later date.
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