2010 Negro Leagues Baseball
The baseball league that helped spark integration of American professional sports was honored on a 44-cent U.S. postage stamp set issued at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
The Negro Leagues Baseball stamps pays tribute to the all-black professional baseball leagues that operated from 1920 to about 1960. Considered the “father” of Negro leagues baseball, Andrew “Rube” Foster (1879–1930) established the Negro National League in 1920, the first successful league of African-American baseball teams. Although no longer a vital component of American baseball after about 1960, the Negro leagues led to lasting changes within the sport. The two se-tenant stamps feature a scene painted by Kadir Nelson, San Diego, California.
A total of 80,000,000 stamps, 40,000,000 of each, were issued at 44¢ for a total value of $35,200,000.
Negro Leagues Baseball Folio
This colorful folio pays tribute to the Negro leagues and their “father”, Andrew “Rube” Foster, of Negro Leagues Baseball, which from 1920 to about 1960 drew some of the most remarkable athletes ever to play baseball and ultimately sparked the integration of American sports.
The folio was sold at retail for $16.95 and includes illustrations by stamp artist Kadir Nelson, a historical timeline of the Negro leagues, plus a list of its “all star” players, and a pane of 20 Negro Leagues Baseball stamps.
Negro Leagues Baseball Stamps Package
This special package from the U.S. Postal Service includes We Are the Ship, an 88-page hardcover book by Kadir Nelson, plus a pane of 20 Negro Leagues Baseball stamps that retailed for $18.95.
Issue Date: July 15, 2010
First City: Kansas City, MO
Quantity Issued: 80,000,000
Designed by: Kadir Nelson of San Diego, California
Printed by: Avery Dennison (AVR)
Printing Method: Gravure