2017 Have a Ball: Baseball

The U.S. Postal Service dedicated the first-of-its-kind 49¢ forever-stamps with the look — and feel — of balls used in eight popular sports. 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, a golf ball’s dimples, a tennis ball’s seams, a soccer ball or volleyball’s textured panels, and the different raised patterns of a football, basketball and kickball.

The first-day-of-issuance ceremony at the 117th U.S. Open Championship in Hartford, WI, was part of the U.S. Golf Association’s Flag Day celebration. The Postal Service was part of this special tribute to those who serve or have served in the military.

The pane of 16, featuring eight different designs, presents a special coating applied only to selected areas. This gives the stamps a textured feel. Mike Ryan was the designer while Greg Breeding served as the art director for these beautiful textured stamps.

A total of 80,000,000 stamps were issued with a value of 49¢ each, for a total value of $39,200,000.

Have a Ball, U.S. Postage Forever Stamp – 49¢
2017 Have a Ball – 49¢ (forever)
Have a Ball, U.S. Postage Stamp FDC
Have a Ball, U.S. Postage Stamp FDC

Stamp Stats

Value: 49¢ (Forever)
Issued: June 14, 2017
First Day City: Hartford, WI
Type of Stamp: First Class, Self-Adhesive
Printed by: Ashton Potter Ltd.
Method: Offset
Quantity Printed: 80,000,000

Have a Ball, U.S. Postage Stamps Sheet
Have a Ball, U.S. Postage Stamps Sheet
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Baseball Postage Stamps

  • Baseball Stamp Issues:
  • 1939 Centennial of Baseball
  • 1969 100th Anniversary of Baseball
  • 1982 Jackie Robinson
  • 1983 Babe Ruth
  • 1984 Roberto Clemente
  • 1989 Lou Gehrig
  • 1992 Olympic Summer Games
  • 1995 Recreational Sports
  • 1996 Centennial Olympic Games
  • 1996 Folk Heroes
  • 1999–2000 Celebrate the Century
  • 2000 Legends of Baseball
  • 2000 Youth Team Sports
  • 2001 Legendary Playing Fields
  • 2006 Baseball Sluggers
  • 2008 Take Me Out To The Ballgame
  • 2010 Negro Leagues Baseball
  • 2012 MLB All-Stars
  • 2017 Have a Ball

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