Have a Ball With New U.S. Postal Service Forever Stamps
Image courtesy of the U.S. Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service will soon release first-of-a-kind stamps with the look — and feel — of actual balls used in eight popular sports. Available nationwide June 14, the Have a Ball! Forever stamps depict balls used in baseball, basketball, football, golf, kickball, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
A special coating applied to selected areas of the stamps during the printing process gives them a texture that mimics the feel of a:
- Baseball’s stitching
- Golf ball’s dimples
- Tennis ball’s seams
- Soccer ball or volleyball’s textured panels
- The different raised patterns of a football, basketball and kickball
News about the stamps is being shared on social media under the hashtag #haveaballstamps.
The first-day-of-issuance ceremony will be held June 14 at the 117th U.S. Open Championship in Hartford, Wisconsin. The ceremony will be part of the U.S. Golf Association’s Flag Day celebration, a special tribute to those who serve or have served in the military. Nearly one of seven postal employees served in the military.
The Forever stamps will be issued in panes of 16 that include two stamps of each design. While most traditional stamps are square or rectangular in design, these stamps will be round. Beginning May 14, customers may preorder the stamps at usps.com/shop for delivery after the June 14 nationwide release.
Stamp artist Daniel Nyari of Long Island City, New York, and stamp designer Mike Ryan of Charlottesville, Virginia, worked with art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville to create the stamp images.
The Have a Ball! stamps are being issued as a Forever stamps, which are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
The U.S. Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Source: U.S. Postal Service