Play Ball! The Perfect Gift for Baseball Fans

If you’ve got a baseball fan on your holiday gift list this year, then we have the perfect thing for you!

Play Ball! is available from The Postal Store. Click the image for more info.

Play Ball! is available from The Postal Store. Click the image for more info.

Play Ball! Great Moments in Major League Baseball® History is the perfect keepsake for baseball fans and stamp collectors alike. The 40-page softbound book is filled with the vivid paintings of artist Graig Kreindler, whose extraordinarily detailed work captures our national pastime’s biggest icons in action.

The book tells the story of baseball on stamps and comes complete with 16 postage stamps: The ten Legendary Playing Fields stamps issued in 2001, the two 2010 Negro Leagues Baseball stamps, and the four very popular Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps issued earlier this year.

We have five copies of Play Ball! to give away today. To enter all you have to do is send your name and address to uspsstamps [at] gmail [dot] com. Winners will be chosen at random. The deadline for entries is midnight EST, Tuesday, December 18. Good luck!

Willie Stargell Wins Stamps Batted In Pennant Race

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for taking the World Series! Fans of Willie Stargell can also celebrate their own victory. They stepped up to the plate in the Stamps Batted In (SBI) pennant race to position the Pittsburgh Pirate icon as the Most Popular Player (MPP) among four icons immortalized on the Major League Baseball All-Stars Forever® stamps, which were issued in the summer.

Prior to their release on July 20, USPS started a friendly pre-order stamp competition among fans of Stargell and the other players commemorated on the stamps: Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees, Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians, and Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox.

“Fan support of their favorite players was so strong that we decided to continue this friendly competition through the end of the World Series,” Stamp Services Manager Stephen Kearney said, referring to the record 2.29 million stamps pre-ordered. “I encourage fans to continue supporting their favorite player while the stamps are still available.”

To date, more than 32 million Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps have been sold. Three million stamps on sheets of 20 were printed for each individual player in addition to the 80 million stamps on sheets of 20 honoring all four players.

Stamp Pre-Order SBI Regular Season SBI Total SBI
Willie Stargell 540,613 7,679,742 8,220,355
Ted Williams 630,353 7,578,682 8,209,035
Joe DiMaggio 626,553 7,439,302 8,065,855
Larry Doby 500,813 7,343,202 7,844,015
Totals 2,298,332 30,040,928 32,339,260

The perfect keepsake, this 40-page softbound book is filled with vivid paintings and 16 collectible stamps. Click for details.

You can view the July 20 stamps dedication ceremony here, including a tribute from Hall of Famer “Mr. Padre” Tony Gwynn.

A video tribute to the four players is available here. Information on special collectibles can be viewed here. You can purchase the stamps and individual stamp sheets depicting each player along with unique collectibles at www.usps.com/play-ball. The Major League Baseball All-Star Forever stamp collectibles can also be purchased by calling 800-STAMP24 or by visiting select Post Offices.

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Major League Baseball All-Stars First Day of Issue Ceremony a Home Run

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Major League Baseball All-Stars First Day of Issue ceremony on Friday at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York! What better place to celebrate four great stars?

Photo credit: Daniel Afzal, U.S. Postal Service

Held during Hall of Fame Weekend, the event drew a great crowd and we had a blast honoring these baseball legends. Dedicating the stamps were (from left to right) Louis J. Giuliano, member, U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors; Tony Gwynn, member, National Baseball Hall of Fame; Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General, CEO, U.S. Postal Service; Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Board, National Baseball Hall of Fame; and Brian Kenny, on-air personality, MLB Network.

The four players honored on these stamps—Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Joe DiMaggio—capture our imagination for their exploits. They symbolize the best of baseball and, in a way, the best of ourselves. Each of these Hall of Famers was a perennial All-Star selection and each left an indelible impression on the game.

We had a wonderful time in Cooperstown! We hope you’ll join us next time!

Our next event is the Innovative Choreographers First Day of Issue ceremony this Saturday, July 28, in Los Angeles, California. Will you be there?

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Four Baseball Legends Set to Hit Stamps Out of the Park

Don’t forget! The set of four Major League Baseball All-Stars (Forever®) stamps—honoring baseball greats Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Joe DiMaggio—will be issued just one week from today.

The First Day of Issue ceremony will take place in the Grandstand Theater at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Brian Kenny of Major League Baseball Network will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe will officially dedicate the stamps. Honored guests will include Margaret Weller-Stargell, wife of Willie Stargell; Larry Doby Jr, son of Larry Doby; Claudia Williams, daughter of Ted Williams; and Kathie Stein, granddaughter of Joe DiMaggio.

You can pre-order your Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps, as well as all sorts of fun baseball-related products, online at the Postal Store.

Looking forward to seeing you in Cooperstown!

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Celebrate Baseball’s Greatest Moments

Baseball season is heating up, and we just can’t get enough! And we have plenty of philatelic gear to fuel your love of the game.

In addition to the four Forever® stamps honoring legends Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Ted Williams, we’ve also created a wonderful keepsake: Play Ball! Featuring vivid paintings by artist Greg Kreindler, the 40-page book celebrates some of the game’s greatest moments. It includes 16 baseball stamps—2001 Legendary Playing Fields (10), 2010 Negro Leagues Baseball (2), and 2012 Major League Baseball All-Stars (4)—as well as quotes, player stats, and fascinating history of Major League Baseball.

This beautiful, limited edition book is a great addition to any collection (stamp or baseball-related) and would make a wonderful gift for the baseball lovers in your life. Pre-order yours today!

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