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

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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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Weekend Philatelic Fun Just Two Days Away

The 38th annual National Philatelic Exhibitions (NAPEX) is just two days away! Are you planning to attend?

Hosted by the American Philatelic Society, NAPEX is taking place in McLean, Virginia, this year from June 1-3. The convention will include exhibits from the four largest philately organizations in America—the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, the United States Stamp Society, the Confederate Stamp Alliance, and the Carriers and Locals Society—which won’t convene together again until 2016.

Two U.S. Postal Service postage stamps are being reissued in booklets of 10 during the stamp show—Four Flags on June 1 and Aloha Shirts on June 2. You won’t want to miss any of it!

Which exhibit at the three-day show are you excited to visit?

World Series of Stamp Shows a Week Away

The 38th annual National Philatelic Exhibitions (NAPEX) is just one week away! Have you made your travel plans yet?

Hosted by the American Philatelic Society, NAPEX is taking place in McLean, Virginia, from June 1-3. Considered the World Series of stamp shows, the convention will include exhibits from the four largest philately organizations in America—the U.S. Philatelic Classics Society, the United States Stamp Society, the Confederate Stamp Alliance, and the Carriers and Locals Society—which won’t convene together again until 2016.

Which exhibit at the three-day show are you excited to visit?

Play Ball!

It’s that time of the year again—when fans everywhere gather to watch the Major League Baseball World Series. That’s right, the 107th World Series begins today, with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers facing off to ensure a spot in baseball history.

The first American baseball postage stamp was issued in 1939 to commemorate 100 years of the love of the game. Highly anticipated, the stamp’s release coincided with the opening of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York—the birthplace of the beloved sport. (Major League Baseball attributes the invention of the sport to Abner Doubleday in Cooperstown, turning the area into sacred ground for baseball fans.)

President Franklin D. Roosevelt supported the creation and issue of the stamp wholeheartedly, wishing “every boy in America could get a first-day cover” from the issuance ceremony. For the first time in U.S. postal history, Americans around the nation mailed self-addressed envelopes with 3 cents payment for the Centennial of Baseball stamp so they could get their very own first-day cover. Cooperstown’s postmaster William Bundy was inundated with what he called “small boy orders,” honoring each one and making up the difference when full payment wasn’t enclosed. This was a truly momentous occasion, one that enlivened the hearts of children and adults, and Bundy wasn’t in the business of breaking hearts.

On the morning of June 12, 1939, Postmaster General James Farley sold the very first sheet of Centennial of Baseball stamps to Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Landis in view of a crowd of more than 10,000 elated fans. This marked the beginning of a long-standing relationship between the Postal Service and Major League Baseball.

We wish both teams the best of luck in the World Series. Play ball!