Remembering the All-Star Game’s Beginnings

The Major League Baseball All-Star game has been a summer tradition for the past 80 years. The first Midsummer Classic was held on July 6, 1933, at the old Comiskey Park in Chicago. It was a special event on the baseball calendar. In the days before Interleague Play, the All-Star game was the season’s only contest—excluding the World Series, of course—featuring both American League and National League stars. That fact wasn’t lost on the players.

At the time, legendary slugger Babe Ruth was nearing the end of his historic career.

“We wanted to see the Babe,” St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bill Hallahan, who was the National League’s starter in the inaugural All-Star game, said at the time. “Sure, he was old and had a big waistline, but that didn’t make any difference. We were on the same field as Babe Ruth.”

The American League won the game, 4-2, and Ruth didn’t disappoint. The Babe went 2 for 4 and hit a home run—off Hallahan.

This year’s All-Star game will be held on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

The four players featured on the new Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps were all perennial All-Stars. The set of four stamps will be issued in July 20 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, with additional dedication ceremonies on July 21 in each city where the baseball legends played—Boston, MA; Cleveland, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; and New York, NY. You can pre-order your stamps and other philatelic products today!

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Celebrate Major League Baseball All-Stars With Digital Color Postmark Keepsake

We’re really getting into the spirit of baseball here, and we’ve got the perfect thing to help you celebrate your love of the national pastime!

With the Major League Baseball All-Stars Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, you can commemorate the athletic talent and determination of four of the sport’s best players. This beautiful collector’s item comes with a pane of 20 MLB All-Stars (Forever®) stamps and four first day covers with uniquely designed color postmarks that include the date and location of issuance. This keepsake is a great addition to any collection (stamp or baseball-related!), and would make a wonderful gift, too!

The Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps will be issued on July 20 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, but you can pre-order this piece of philatelic history today!

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Pennant Race Tightens for Most Popular Stamp

In the pre-order stamp sales pennant race to rally support for identifying the most popular Major League Baseball All-Star Forever stamp, Boston Red Sox Ted Williams still holds a slight lead over New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio. The stamps won’t be issued until later this month, however, so there’s still time for fans of Pittsburgh Pirate Willie Stargell and Cleveland Indian Larry Doby to step up to the plate and take the series!

Of 812,012 Stamps Batted In (SBI), the standings break down as follows: Williams is hitting 234,198 versus 225,038 SBI for DiMaggio, 178,278 for Stargell, and 174,498 for Doby.

“Sales are well beyond the three quarters of a million mark with more than 800,000 stamps sold,” said Stamp Services Manager Stephen Kearney, referring to both the sheets of 20 stamps and collectible uncut press sheets containing 120 stamps—both suitable for framing. “We’re committed to honoring advance orders for sheets of 20 stamps honoring individual players if ordered by Aug. 31—and we’ll go back to press to fill those orders if necessary.”

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.

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.

You can pre-order the stamps and collectible products online today. You can also place an order by calling 800-STAMP-24 (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, please include an additional $1.25 for orders up to $50 or $1.75 for orders more than $50.

The First Day of Issue dedication ceremony honoring all four players on a single sheet of 20 Forever stamps will take place on July 20 in Cooperstown, NY, at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. On July 21, four additional First Day of Issue ceremonies will take place in each of the cities where the legends played—honoring them with their own individual stamp sheets of 20. Event details will be announced soon.

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MLB All-Star Willie Stargell & . . . Sister Sledge?

Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell was a unifying force, bringing together a diverse group of teammates. In fact, the 1979 Pirates were nicknamed “The Family” and adopted the Sister Sledge disco hit “We Are Family” as their unofficial anthem.

“It’s a miracle,” Sister Sledge lead singer Kathy Sledge told People magazine at the time. “We thought the song had made as much noise as it ever would. Then the Pirates came along. It shows how God can act in mysterious ways.”

Stargell is one of four players who will be honored on the Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps to be issued July 20 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. A separate ceremony for the Willie Stargell stamp will take place July 21 in Pittsburgh. Visit The Postal Store to pre-order stamps and philatelic products.

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Let’s Play Ball!

As baseball season heats up and the First Day of Issue ceremony for the Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps in Cooperstown, New York, creeps closer, you can satisfy your craving for the national pastime by pre-ordering stamps and some great baseball-related philatelic products.

In addition to the four Forever® stamps honoring legends Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell, and Ted Williams, think about adding the Play Ball! book to your collection. Featuring vivid paintings by artist Greg Kreindler, the 40-page keepsake is perfect for baseball and stamp enthusiasts alike, celebrating some of the game’s greatest moments. The book 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.

You can also pre-order all of the commemorative first day products for the new baseball issuance, including First Day Covers, ceremony programs, and specially designed Digital Color Postmarks, all of which include postmarks with the date and location of issuance.

The Major League Baseball All-Stars stamps will be issued on July 20 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. It’s going to be a great event and we hope you’ll join us as we celebrate some of the game’s best players!

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