Non-Postage Baseball Stamps

Cinderella stamps, a specialized segment within philately, often imitate traditional postage stamps, yet are non-postal. These collectibles, covering themes from sports to holidays and brand advertising, serve primarily promotional purposes. This page showcases a variety of baseball-themed Cinderella stamps, each reflecting the sport’s cultural and societal impact. From global events to local initiatives, they illustrate different aspects of baseball’s influence.

The stamps shown below specifically omit those from brands like MLBA, Fleer, Post/Jello, Sporting News, and Topps, known for at times printing essentially “baseball cards using stamps as a medium.” This focus ensures a dedication to a genuine representations of Cinderella stamps that narrate baseball’s rich history and global influence.

Barcelona Olympics in 1992

Dominica

The country of Dominica issued several stamps to honor the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, but this wasn’t one of them. This proof was never completed and put into circulation. This souvenir stamp is imperforate and shows the $5 denomination intended in preparation for becoming a postage stamp.

1992 Dominica – Barcelona Olympics with Tony Perez
1992 Dominica – Barcelona Olympics with Tony Perez

Spain

This 1992 Barcelona Olympic promotional stamp sheet from Spain features Cobi, the official mascot of the Games, designed as a Catalan Sheepdog in a Cubist style. These stamps are part of a 20 souvenir sheet set, each depicting Cobi engaged in various sports represented at the Barcelona ’92 Olympic Games.

1992 Spain – Barcelona '92 Promotional Stamps with Cobi
1992 Spain – Barcelona '92 Promotional Stamps with Cobi

Baseball Centennial

We know today that Abner Doubleday may not have invented baseball in Cooperstown in 1839. Still, the centennial celebration in 1939 had ever MLB team wearing the Baseball Centennial logo on their uniform sleeve. A contest was held to create the official logo, and New York artist Miss Marjori Bennett was declared the winner. The player shown bears a likeness to Joe Dimaggio. The logo was alto turned into a commemorative stamp.

Baseball Centennial 1839-1939 – Original Commemorative Stamp
Baseball Centennial 1839-1939 – Original Commemorative Stamp
Baseball Centennial 1839-1939 – Commemorative Stamp
Baseball Centennial 1839-1939 – Commemorative Stamp

Boys Ranch

Boys Ranch, still active today and founded by Cal Farley in 1939, is a non-profit in Texas dedicated to helping at-risk youth. Providing a family-like environment, it focuses on life skills, education, and personal growth without government funding. Continuously adapting to current needs, its program includes academics, vocational training, and extracurriculars, equipping children for future success.

Fundraising to impact in child welfare, Boys Ranch has released seal stamps over the years, reflecting its ongoing commitment to at-risk youth. These stamps raise awareness about youth challenges and symbolize the ranch’s lasting positive influence in child development.

Boys Ranch, by Cal Farley (baseball stamp)
Boys Ranch, by Cal Farley (baseball stamp)
Boys Ranch – Christmas Seals Stamp Sheet
Boys Ranch – Christmas Seals Stamp Sheet

Boys Town

Boys Town provides life-changing youth care and health care services that meet each child and family exactly where they are. Boys Town kids started collecting and trading stamps in the 1930s, and the hobby grew. That led to the creation of their own collectable stamp sheets, given out as “thank you gifts” in return for charitable donations. Then came the Leon Myers Stamp Center – a museum located in the Boys Town Visitors Center.

1951 Boys Town Nebraska – Healthful Sports, baseball
1951 Boys Town Nebraska – Healthful Sports, baseball
Boys Town Nebraska souvenir sheet
Boys Town Nebraska souvenir sheet

In 1953, a Ball of Stamps was started by D.O. Barrett, the first curator of the Boys Town Stamp Center, and the Boys Town Stamp Collecting Club. Kids began the ball with a core, and began licking and sticking non-valuable stamps around it. Ripley’s Believe It or Not featured the ball at 32 inches in diameter, weighing 600 pounds, and consisting of 4,655,000 postage stamps.

Boys Town – Ball of Stamps
Boys Town – Ball of Stamps

Chinese Professional Baseball League

The Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) played their first season in 1990. During the 90’s, they issued stamps for award winners, players, and teams, including the Brother Elephants, China Times Eagles, Jungo Bears, Mercuries Tigers, Sinon Bulls, Uni-President Lions, and Wei Chuan Dragons. Below is just a sampling, as I’m sure there are others!

1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Bears
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Bears
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Dragons
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Dragons
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Eagles
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Eagles
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Elephants
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Elephants
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Lions
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Lions
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Tigers
1993 China – Memorial Stamps, Tigers
1994 China – Players of the Year
1994 China – Players of the Year
1995 China – CPBL Players of the Year (A)
1995 China – CPBL Players of the Year (A)
1995 China – CPBL Players of the Year (B)
1995 China – CPBL Players of the Year (B)
1995 China – CPBL Gold Glove Players (A)
1995 China – CPBL Gold Glove Players (A)
1995 China – CPBL Gold Glove Players (B)
1995 China – CPBL Gold Glove Players (B)
1995 China – CPBL Top Ten Players (A)
1995 China – CPBL Top Ten Players (A)
1995 China – CPBL Top Ten Players (B)
1995 China – CPBL Top Ten Players (B)
1996 China – CPBL Best Nine Award Display Folder with Stamps
1996 China – CPBL Best Nine Award Display Folder with Stamps

Cities Collection – Memphis, Tennessee

Circa 1923, the Memphis stamp from the Cities Collection is part of a 12-stamp set designed by Dick C. Rice. It features Martin Stadium, built in 1923, a landmark in Negro League baseball and a symbol of African American enterprise. The stamp’s message, “Memphis: As the supreme southern railway center and with the Mississippi River, is the first base for distribution to all points in the South and Southwest. Memphis rates afford best opportunities for northern and eastern manufacturers,” highlights Memphis as a pivotal transport and business hub.

The Cities Collection, showcasing cities like Wilmington, Delaware, Paterson, New Jersey, and Galveston, Texas offered a glimpse into America’s diverse urban landscapes. This series transcended traditional postal uses, serving as a creative medium for city promotion and a symbol of civic pride, encapsulating the distinct economic and cultural characteristics of these cities during that period.

Circa 1923 – Cities Collection: Memphis Tennessee
Circa 1923 – Cities Collection: Memphis Tennessee

Dutch Boy Paints

Around 1915, Dutch Boy Paints creatively used stamps for advertising, featuring their iconic Dutch Boy logo character. Among these, two sports-themed stamps stood out: a baseball stamp with a pitcher on a grass field with the slogan “Strike ‘Em Out – Dutch Boy White Lead Disposes of Paint Troubles,” and a tennis-themed one stating “A Good Service – Painting Your House With Dutch Boy Lead.”

A century later, the perception of lead paint, once a key product of brands like Dutch Boy, drastically changed. Recognized as a health hazard, lead paint was banned in many countries due to risks like developmental delays in children. This shift highlights the evolution in public health awareness and consumer safety, transforming a once-celebrated product into a symbol of the importance of product safety and regulatory evolution.

1915 – Dutch Boy Paints, baseball
1915 – Dutch Boy Paints, baseball

Easter Seals

Easter Seals stamps began being issued in 1934 as a fundraising initiative by the National Society for Crippled Children, now known as Easterseals. These stamps sold around Easter, and people would stick them on the back of mailed envelopes. This tradition was popular as it coincided with the season when people sent cards to friends and family. The first seal was designed by Cleveland Plain Dealer cartoonist J.H. Donahey. Easterseals rebranded from the National Society for Crippled Children in 1967, reflecting the public’s perception of the prior term.​

1969 Easter Seals – The National Society for Crippled Children and Adults Sheet
1969 Easter Seals – The National Society for Crippled Children and Adults Sheet
1969 Easter Seals – Righty Baseball Batter stamp
1969 Easter Seals – Righty Baseball Batter stamp
1969 Easter Seals – Lefty Baseball Batter stamp
1969 Easter Seals – Lefty Baseball Batter stamp
1960 Easter Seals – Help Crippled Children – Happy Easter, pink
1960 Easter Seals – Help Crippled Children – Happy Easter, pink
1961 Easter Seals – Help Crippled Children – Happy Easter, yellow
1961 Easter Seals – Help Crippled Children – Happy Easter, yellow
Canada Easter Seals – Help Crippled Children
Canada Easter Seals – Help Crippled Children

Eureka College Stamps

In 1915, Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois, known for being President Ronald Reagan’s alma mater, produced a series of 12 stamps primarily showcasing campus buildings, reflecting its rich architectural heritage. The collection also included “The Winning Run (Baseball),” a unique stamp that captured the essence of the college’s sports culture and campus life during that period.

Today, Eureka College continues to maintain a baseball program in NCAA Division III. This continuation of the baseball tradition at Eureka College, along with its ongoing dedication to academic excellence and community involvement, reflects the institution’s enduring legacy.

1915 Eureka College – The Winning Run
1915 Eureka College – The Winning Run

European Baseball Championship

In 1983, to commemorate the 18th European Baseball Championship in Italy, a series of commemorative stamps were issued. The Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball released a sheet with six stamps, each adorned with stars around a baseball, celebrating Italy’s victory. Additionally, a 4-value sheet titled “XVIII Campionato Europeo Di Baseball” and a souvenir sheet featuring a batter at the plate were released. These stamps not only celebrated the championship but also symbolized the growing popularity of baseball in Europe.

1983 Italy – European Baseball Championship, XVIII Campionato Europeo Di Baseball SS
1983 Italy – European Baseball Championship, XVIII Campionato Europeo Di Baseball SS
1983 Italy – European Baseball Championship, XVIII Campionato Europeo Di Baseball (4 values)
1983 Italy – European Baseball Championship, XVIII Campionato Europeo Di Baseball (4 values)
1983 Italy – European Baseball Championship, Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball (6 values)
1983 Italy – European Baseball Championship, Federazione Italiana Baseball Softball (6 values)

FAO Schwarz

FAO Schwarz claims to be the oldest toy store in the United States, first opening in 1862 in Baltimore before moving to New York City in 1870. FAO filed for bankruptcy in 2003 before temporarily shutting the Fifth Avenue store in 2004. In May 2009, Toys “R” Us acquired FAO Schwarz, but in 2015, it permanently closed the Fifth Avenue store – exactly 100 years after this 1915 stamp was released to promote sport goods.

FAO Schwarz was acquired by ThreeSixty Group, who opened a new FAO Schwarz store in 2018 in New York City at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

1915 – FAO Schwarz Sport Goods Stamp
1915 – FAO Schwarz Sport Goods Stamp

Father’s Day Charity Seals

From the 1940s to the 1960s, Father’s Day Charity Seals featured unique designs each year, with two notable stamps embracing baseball to symbolize American family unity. One stamp, bearing “Happy families make a peaceful world” and “Cheers for Dad – the toast of the party,” captures a father and son bonding over a new catcher’s mitt, epitomizing father-son relationships.

The second stamp, including “Grandpa’s too” and “Remember the day,” depicts a father and his children playing “hand over hand up the bat,” a game symbolizing cooperative spirit. With “Teamwork: Juvenile integrity starts at the house,” it underscores the importance of family in instilling values of cooperation and integrity, highlighting the role of both fathers and grandfathers in nurturing these virtues through shared activities like baseball.

1939 – Forest Park Museum Centennial of Baseball Commemorative Poster Stamps
Father's Day Charity Seals – Cheers for Dad
Father's Day Charity Seals – Teamwork
Father's Day Charity Seals – Teamwork

Forest Park Museum

The 1939 Forest Park Museum Centennial of Baseball Commemorative Poster Stamps Book & Checklist celebrates a century of baseball history from 1839 to 1939. The museum was founded by Emery Parichy in 1934, and this booklet honors significant milestones and personalities in baseball. The museum, located in Forest Park, Illinois, was the first baseball museum and played a crucial role in preserving baseball records, pictures, autographed memorabilia, and uniforms.

In 1939, the museum published a set of commemorative stamps created by Al Demaree, a former Chicago Cubs pitcher and professional cartoonist. These “Centenial of Baseball” stamp (spelled incorrectly) were issued in panes of 25, each featuring important events and figures in baseball history, with a short career biography of each Hall of Famer. The booklet also includes a “Baseball Quiz” with answers scattered throughout, enhancing its educational value.

The booklet features a detailed history of the museum and its founder, Emery Parichy, who significantly contributed to the creation of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Parichy’s collection, which included priceless relics like autographed bats, gloves, and uniforms, eventually became part of the Hall of Fame. Additionally, Parichy founded the National Girls Baseball League in 1944, showcasing his lasting impact on the sport beyond this commemorative booklet.

1939 – Forest Park Museum Centennial of Baseball Commemorative Poster Stamps
1939 – Forest Park Museum Centennial of Baseball Commemorative Poster Stamps
Major 1st Events – Commemorative Baseball Stamps Cover
Major 1st Events – Commemorative Baseball Stamps Cover
Major 1st Events – Commemorative Baseball Stamps 2, 3 & 4
Major 1st Events – Commemorative Baseball Stamps 2, 3 & 4

The Great Allentown Fair

The Great Allentown Fair is an annual fair and agricultural show held at the Allentown Fairgrounds in Allentown, Pennsylvania and operated by the Lehigh County Agricultural Society. It is one of the oldest fairs in the United States, first held in 1852 to showcase agricultural advancements and to entertain patrons. This stamp promotes the 1919 fair.

1919 – The Great Allentown Fair Stamp
1919 – The Great Allentown Fair Stamp

Hinds Honey & Almond Cream

In the early 1900s, A. S. Hinds Co. produced a series of twenty-four colorful lithographed poster stamps to market Hinds Honey and Almond Cream for sunburn. Hinds supplied one hundred sets of these stamps, with six stamps per set, to druggists throughout the United States for free, which the druggists could then sell to consumers for two cents a set or five cents for four sets.

In return, A. S. Hinds Co. required that the druggists allow them to use their mailing lists so that the company could dispense Hinds Honey and Almond Cream to customers. This baseball stamp is believed to have been released in 1915.

The back of the stamp reads “Protects and improves the complexion. Cleanses and purifies the skin. Heals irritated, eruptive conditions. Quickly relieves sunburn, windburn, chapping. Softens and freshens dry, sallow skin. Is not greasy; cannot grow hair. Selling everywhere. Bottles, 50c. Cold Cream tubes, 25c. Insist on having HINDS CREAM.”

Hinds Honey and Almond Cream Stamp
Hinds Honey and Almond Cream Stamp

History of Chicagoland

The “History of Chicagoland” series by Jewel Food Stores, released in 1939, features 100 poster stamps depicting Chicago’s history and scenery. These stamps were distributed weekly, with each one numbered and explained by a brief paragraph. Shoppers received stamps with purchases of 25¢ or more, and special “Jewel Star” stamps were available with certain sale items. Collectors could use albums with designated spaces for each stamp, making shopping a historical exploration of Chicago.

One notable stamp in this collection honors Cap Anson, a key figure in Chicago baseball history. Adrian “Cap” Anson, a player and manager for the Chicago White Stockings, batted over .300 during his career.

1939 History of Chicagoland with Jewel Food Stores – Cap Anson
1939 History of Chicagoland with Jewel Food Stores – Cap Anson
1939 History of Chicagoland with Jewel Food Store Stamp Booklet
1939 History of Chicagoland with Jewel Food Store Stamp Booklet

Italian Palla a Base Federation (FIPAB)

This early-1950s baseball stamp honors the Italian Palla a Base Federation (FIPAB) for advancing baseball and softball in Italy.

Formed in late 1948, FIPAB emerged from the union of the Italian Softball League and the Italian Baseball Association. By January 29, 1950, it had merged with the Italian League Baseball (LIB), establishing FIPAB. Recognized by CONI in 1953 as a member federation and in 1957 as an effective federation, it adopted its current name, the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS), in 1970.

1950 – Italian Palla a Base Federation (FIPAB)
1950 – Italian Palla a Base Federation (FIPAB)

Lord & Taylor

This stamp as used to advertise the Lord & Taylor department store in New York for their boys’ clothing on the fourth floor. While the date in unknown, it is estimated to have been from the early 1900’s.

Lord & Taylor Boys' Clothing Stamp
Lord & Taylor Boys' Clothing

MAD Magazine

MAD was an humor magazine from 1952 to 2018. It was highly influential and affected the future of satirical media. Issues were often augmented with novelty stickers and stamps, and those occasionally placed baseball at the butt of the joke.

As reference: The song Mrs. Robinson was written for the movie, The Graduate, by Simon & Garfunkel. The film is about a middle-aged woman who seduces a much younger Dustin Hoffman. The famous song line, “Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?” was used to represent heroes of the past – not about Joe hooking up with an older Mrs. Robinson. It should be noted that Marilyn Monroe was 12 years younger than Joltin’ Joe.

Humbug was a humor magazine published from 1957 to 1958, edited by Harvey Kurtzman, the former editor at MAD, so I’m throwing this in the same category.

1964 MAD Magazine – Spitball and Umpire parody
1964 MAD Magazine – Spitball and Umpire parody
1968 MAD Magazine – Joe DiMaggio & Mrs. Robinson
1968 MAD Magazine – Joe DiMaggio & Mrs. Robinson
1957 Humbug Magazine – NY Yankees
1957 Humbug Magazine – NY Yankees
1964 MAD Magazine – Parody Stamp Sheet
1964 MAD Magazine – Parody Stamp Sheet
1968 MAD Magazine – 6th Annual Follies Sheet
1968 MAD Magazine – 6th Annual Follies Sheet
1957 Humbug #5, December Trading Stamps Issue
1957 Humbug #5, December Trading Stamps Issue

Park Ridge School for Girls

Founded in 1877, the Park Ridge School for Girls, originally the Illinois Industrial School for Girls, was a trailblazer in women’s education. It moved to Park Ridge in 1908, adopting a holistic approach to educating young women, which included life skills and academic education.

The school’s early 1900s stamp, featuring girls playing baseball, symbolizes its progressive ethos. This unique imagery for the time represents the school’s dedication to challenging conventional norms and promoting physical activity alongside intellectual growth for young women. The school’s legacy, despite its closure in 2012, continues to inspire through its historical contributions to women’s education and welfare.

Park Ridge School for Girls (baseball stamp)
Park Ridge School for Girls (baseball stamp)

The Philatelic Society of Pittsburgh

The Philatelic Society of Pittsburgh dates back to 1888, with their current name coming into use in 1914. These commemorative stamps, issued a decade apart, honor the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers, both of whom played at Three Rivers Stadium at the time.

1970 The Philatelic Society of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh City Champions
1970 The Philatelic Society of Pittsburgh – Pittsburgh City Champions
1970 The Philatelic Society of Pittsburgh – Three Rivers Stadium
1970 The Philatelic Society of Pittsburgh – Three Rivers Stadium

Rocky Mountain Stamp Show

This set of two commemorative souvenir sheets, released during the 2013 Rocky Mountain Stamp Show held from May 17-19 in Denver, Colorado, celebrates significant moments in Cuban baseball history.

Organized by the International Cuba Philatelic Society, the event was dedicated to “Beisbol Aficionado Cuba,” paying tribute to the rich heritage and enduring popularity of baseball in Cuba. Each sheet in this collection features two stamps, artistically designed to capture the essence of Cuba’s storied relationship with the sport.

2013 – Rocky Mountain Stamp Show Featuring Cuba – 2013 World Cup Team
2013 – Rocky Mountain Stamp Show Featuring Cuba – 2013 World Cup Team
2013 – Rocky Mountain Stamp Show Featuring Cuba – Cuban Amateur World Champs 1939
2013 – Rocky Mountain Stamp Show Featuring Cuba – Cuban Amateur World Champs 1939

Shine for ’39

In 1939, O. Casperson and Sons launched a series of 348 poster stamps for the Postamp Pageant of San Francisco, along with 12 additional stamps for the San Francisco Fire Department, under the “Shine for ’39” tagline. These stamps were available by merchants carrying Buttercup Butter or Casperson’s eggs. One issue from the set was released every two weeks to merchants. The series was also available for $2.00 from the Poster Stamp Publishing Company in Chicago or the Postamp Publishing Company in San Francisco. While 50,000 sets were produced, they are extremely rare to be found today.

An accompanying album provided a space and brief historical sketch for each stamp, offering a complete chronological history of San Francisco from 1542 to 1939 as authored by Charles Caldwell Dobie. The collection captures significant events and milestones, making it a unique and picturesque documentation of the city’s past.

Among the collection, stamp #112, titled “First Baseball Game,” highlights baseball’s early days.

1939 – Shine for '39
1939 – Shine for '39

Smokey Bear

The Smokey Bear campaign, initiated in 1944, is one of the most enduring and influential public service campaigns in the United States, focused on wildfire prevention. Created by the U.S. Forest Service, the Ad Council, and writer-artist Albert Staehle, the campaign features Smokey Bear, a character that has become synonymous with forest fire prevention. Smokey’s iconic slogan, “Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires,” later updated to “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” has played a crucial role in raising public awareness about the dangers of uncontrolled fires and the importance of responsible fire management.

To further promote this message, the U.S. Postal Service issued commemorative stamps featuring Smokey Bear. A notable 1968 stamp, part of these efforts, was titled “Smokey’s Friends Don’t Play With Matches.” This stamp depicted a baseball scene with a batter and catcher, aiming to engage a younger audience in the campaign’s fire prevention message. These stamps have played a significant role in extending the campaign’s influence and reach.

1968 Smokey Bear – Smokey's Friends Don't Play with Matches
1968 Smokey Bear – Smokey's Friends Don't Play with Matches

Sports Magazine Subscription Coupons

Many sports publications include stamps within the publication as subscription offers. For instance, it shows the newsstand price and subscription price. To get readers’ attention, athletes from prior covers are often shown. While this tactic has been taken by many magazines, it is most notable in baseball circles with Baseball Digest (the longest-running baseball magazine in the nation), Children’s Digest, and Sport.

Children's Digest – Subscription Stamp with Reggie Jackson
Children's Digest – Subscription Stamp with Reggie Jackson
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp with Tommy John
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp with Tommy John
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp with Dave Winfield
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp with Dave Winfield
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp for $4.97
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp for $4.97
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp for $6.97
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp for $6.97
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp with Amos Otis for $5.97
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp with Amos Otis for $5.97
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp with Amos Otis for $7.46
Baseball Digest – Subscription Stamp with Amos Otis for $7.46
Sport – Subscription Stamp with Ron Guidry
Sport – Subscription Stamp with Ron Guidry
Sport – Subscription Stamp for $4.97
Sport – Subscription Stamp for $4.97
Sport – Subscription Stamp for $6.97
Sport – Subscription Stamp for $6.97
Sport – Subscription Stamp for $5.94
Sport – Subscription Stamp for $5.94
Sport – Subscription Stamp for $7.97
Sport – Subscription Stamp for $7.97

Taiwan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (TATA)

The Taiwan Anti-Tuberculosis Association (TATA), with a mission and logo reminiscent of the American Lung Association, is thought to have issued a series of four baseball-themed seal stamps. The exact year of their release is unclear. These stamps, believed to support tuberculosis awareness and fundraising, uniquely combine sports imagery with health advocacy, reflecting TATA’s dedication to combating tuberculosis in Taiwan.

China – Huazhong Year 16 – Christmas Seal for Tuberculosis
China – Huazhong Year 16 – Christmas Seal for Tuberculosis

Texas League of Safety

These were issued in 1938 to promote safety in driving. The stamps were designed as decorative add-ons to seal the backs of envelopes or packages. The set contained 30 mostly non-sports issue, and featured people and situations with slogans related to safety. This one reads, “The baseball player tries to get home safe, do you?” Learn more about the Texas League of Safety stamps.

1938 Texas League of Safety – Baseball Player
1938 Texas League of Safety – Baseball Player

This is America

The “This is America” series, distributed in the 1930s and 1940s, featured 99 poster stamps, each bearing the phrases “Justice, Freedom, Democracy” and “And I am proud. I am an American.” These collectible stamps, larger than regular postage stamps and used for non-postal purposes like fundraising and education, celebrated American history and heritage through illustrations of historical figures, institutions, holidays, landmarks, and America’s pastimes – baseball.

1930's "This is America" Baseball Stamp
1930's "This is America" Baseball Stamp
This is America – Stamp Sheet, including baseball
This is America – Stamp Sheet, including baseball

Thrifty Alexander

The “Thrifty Alexander” Poster Stamps, drawn by F.G. Cooper in 1914, consist of 52 miniature posters illustrating Thrifty Alexander’s journey to fortune. Issued only by banks, collectors could inquire at their bank for the series or obtain the first ten stamps for ten cents from the Harvey Blodgett Company. Additionally, 60 stamps from the American Advertiser, including ten Thrifty Alexander stamps, were available for 25 cents, with options to purchase views of St. Paul and a stamp album.

One notable stamp in this series is a baseball-themed stamp reflecting America’s growing enthusiasm for baseball It features a whimsical poem. In addition to banks such as the Oakland Bank of Savings, The Northwestern National Bank, Capital Trust Company in St. Paul, and Commercial National Bank in Great Falls, the Harvey Blodgett Company in St. Paul, Minnesota also offered these stamps for collectors. In 1922, Blodgett, who wrote the rhymes for the stamps, published the images and text as a 4″x6″ book.

1914 – The Oakland Bank of Savings (baseball stamp)
1914 – The Oakland Bank of Savings (baseball stamp)
1914 – Northwestern National Bank (baseball stamp)
1914 – Northwestern National Bank (baseball stamp)
Thrifty Alexander Book & Poster Series
Thrifty Alexander Book & Poster Series

Toledo Mud Hens

The Toledo Mud Hens were the Triple A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers in 1996 while celebrating their centennial season. They created a local post stamp issue to celebrate the occasion. Tony Clark, the Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association played for Toledo that season, batting .299 with 14 home runs before being called up to the Tigers to finish his rookie season.

This local post stamp sheet was released at the Toledo Stamp Expo in 1996 by the Stamp Collector’s Club of Toledo to by tribute to the home town club.

1996 Toledo Mud Hens Centennial – Local Post
1996 Toledo Mud Hens Centennial – Local Post
1996 Toledo Mud Hens Centennial – Stamp Collector's Club of Toledo Sheet
1996 Toledo Mud Hens Centennial – Stamp Collector's Club of Toledo Sheet

Toronto Blue Jays Victory Seals

Issued by Canada Post in 1993, these commemorative stamps celebrate the first World Series championship by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993. A cover souvenir sheet features Paul Molitor, Joe Carter, Cito Gaston, and the Blue Jays logo. Plus, there are 3 individual victory seal stamps of the same players. The set sold for $4 at the time.

1993 Toronto Blue Jays – Victory Seals
1993 Toronto Blue Jays – Victory Seals
1993 Canada – Victory Seals, Paul Molitor
1993 Canada – Victory Seals, Paul Molitor
1993 Canada – Victory Seals, Joe Carter
1993 Canada – Victory Seals, Joe Carter
1993 Canada – Victory Seals, Cito Gaston
1993 Canada – Victory Seals, Cito Gaston
1993 Toronto Blue Jays – Victory Seals – Advertising Flyer
1993 Toronto Blue Jays – Victory Seals – Advertising Flyer

Washington Senators

The origin and issue date of this commemorative stamp is unknown, though the Washington Senators most recently played from 1956 to 1960.

Washington Senators Commemorative Stamp
Washington Senators Commemorative Stamp

Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum

This satirical souvenir sheet was issued by the Wilkinson Stamp Club in 1970. This stamp sheet was intended to commemorate Apollo 8 (from 1968) with a baseball motif. WSC placed “Wrigley Field” on one of the stamps. As a parody to the Wrigley’s Gum logo, they designed “Peppermint” and “Spearmint” arrows in the stamp design. This infringed on the Wrigley Company trademark, and special permission was required for WSC to sell the stamps through the end of the year – at which time, all remainders had to be destroyed.

1970 – Wrigley Spearmint Gum with Baseball & Space Promo
1970 – Wrigley Spearmint Gum with Baseball & Space Promo

As early as the 1920’s, Wrigley Company began using baseball concepts in their advertising. So perhaps they enjoyed the free publicity stamps gave them. Even stamps have a gummy flavor!

1920s Wrigley Gum Advertisement featuring Baseball
1920s Wrigley Gum Advertisement featuring Baseball

The Youth’s Companion

The Youth’s Companion was an children’s magazine that was printed from 1827 to 1929, until it became The American Boy in 1929. The Companion was published in Boston, Massachusetts by Perry Mason & Co. This stamp was printed between 1914 and 1917 to promote outdoor and indoor sports for boys, and is of New York Giants pitcher, Rube Marquard.

1917 – The Youths Companion stamp
1917 – The Youths Companion

Unknown Cinderella Baseball Stamps

While collecting, I have stumbled across various Cinderella stamps with baseball themes. I have no idea what these are, so if you have any ideas, let me know!!

Baseball Stamps: Catcher, Pitcher, Batter
Baseball Stamps: Catcher, Pitcher, Batter
Honkbal Stamp
Honkbal Stamp
Poster Ad Stamps
Poster Ad Stamps
See Them at St. Petersburg, Florida (baseball stamp)
See Them at St. Petersburg, Florida (baseball stamp)
1905 – Starter, The Soft Baseball stamp
1905 – Starter, The Soft Baseball stamp
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