New Stamps Encourage Us All to Be Physically Active

Run! Jump! Leap! Spin! Climb! Today we reveal a set of 15 stamps that encourages young Americans—and the adults in their lives—to be physically active.

JustMove-Forever-pane15-v3Each of the 15 stamps features a different child engaged in one of 15 activities: skipping rope, juggling, bouncing a ball, performing a cartwheel, kicking a soccer ball, playing basketball, skateboarding, twisting in the air, playing baseball, stretching, running, performing a head stand, jumping into water, climbing a rope, and swinging.

Whew. We’re tired . . . and exhilarated!

The action words on the stamps invite children to participate in all the activities shown and remind us all that children and adults need regular physical activity. Artist Eli Noyes’s illustrations wonderfully capture the fun and playful spirit of this message.

The Just Move! stamps will be issued in a sheet of 15 self-adhesive Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate. A release date has not yet been set.

Stamps Play Ball! Have You Entered to Win?

Take yourself to a ball game.
Take a seat in the crowd.
Photograph pictures of postage stamps.
Everyone in the set is a champ!
So go shoot, shoot, shoot clever pictures.
Enjoy a Major League game.
There are one, two, three special prizes
For you to claim!

(sung to the tune of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”)

The 40-page Play Ball! book includes these stamps: the ten 2001 Legendary Playing Fields stamps, two 2010 Negro Leagues Baseball stamps, and four 2012 Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps. Click the image for details or to order.

Our baseball contest is in full swing (ha!). Take a picture of your favorite Major League Baseball All-Stars stamp at any Major League ballpark, post it to Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #stampsplayball, and you’ll be entered to win one of several prizes (details here). It’s as easy as that. Contest ends October 3. See you in the stands!

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Centennial Olympic Games Stamp Trivia Contest

The Summer Olympics are flying by. But there’s still plenty of time for a trivia contest…or two (hint!). Today’s quiz might look tough, but in our experience stamp fans are some of the smartest people around. Ready to get started?

First question: In 1996, we issued a stamp to mark the centennial of the modern Olympic Games. The stamp featured an image of a Roman marble copy of a 5th-century B.C. Greek bronze statue. What was the name of the Greek sculptor who created the original statue, and what was the name of his statue?

Second question: The stamp art above is similar to the actual stamp issued in July 1996, but it’s not exact. How does the stamp above differ from the Centennial Olympic Games stamp that was actually issued?

Submit your answers to uspsstamps [at] gmail [dot] com. Three winners will be selected at random from those who answer correctly to receive a tri-fold folio that includes a mounted pane of Atlanta 1996 stamps, a mounted pane of the 1996 Centennial Olympics Games stamps, and a 1996 Paralympic Games envelope. The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. EDT on Thursday, August 9. Good luck! And, as always, remember that spelling counts.

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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Major League Baseball All-Stars Knock it Out of the Park

Today’s the day! We are pleased to announce that the new Major League Baseball All-Stars (Forever®) stamps are now available nationwide!

The First Day of Issue ceremony for the set of four Forever® stamps honoring baseball greats Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Joe DiMaggio, and Willie Stargell, will begin at 10 a.m. in the Grandstand Theater at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Cooperstown, New York. We hope to see you there!

And don’t forget, DiMaggio, Doby, Stargell, and Williams fans: special dedication ceremonies will be held tomorrow, July 21, for each individual player in the city where he made it big.

The dedication of New York Yankee great Joe DiMaggio’s sheet of stamps will take place at the Bronx Post Office, 558 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

At 10:00 a.m., Cleveland Indian Larry Doby’s sheet of stamps will be dedicated at the Jerry Maloy Negro League Conference at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square (near Progressive Field, home of the Indians), Cleveland, Ohio.

Willie Stargell fans can watch the official dedication of the Pittsburgh Pitrate’s sheet of stamps before the 7:05 p.m. Pirates/Marlins game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams’s sheet of stamps will be officially dedicated before the 1:35 p.m. Red Sox/Blue Jays game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

Will you be joining us as we celebrate some of the game’s best players?

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