International Baseball Postage Stamps

Spanning 1960-1969, this collection of international postage stamps showcases baseball’s global impact through commemorations of Olympic appearances, regional games, and historical events, from countries like Costa Rica, Cuba, and Japan.

1960

Costa Rica

The 1960 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVII Olympiad, were held from August 25 to September 11, 1960 in Rome, Italy. Marking a significant moment in Olympic history, these Games were the first to be televised, significantly expanding their global reach. To commemorate this event, a set of 10 stamps was issued, featuring sports like Running, Swimming, Bicycling, Weightlifting, Tennis, Boxing, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, and Shooting. Notably, the 1960 Rome Olympics included baseball as a demonstration sport, underscoring its growing global popularity and potential for future inclusion as an official Olympic sport.

1960 Costa Rica – Olympic Games in Rome
1960 Costa Rica – Olympic Games in Rome
1960 Costa Rica – Olympic Games First Day Cover
1960 Costa Rica – Olympic Games First Day Cover

Romania

The Children’s Sports Series, featuring a set of five stamps, showcases various sports activities including sanius (sledding), alergari (running), patinaj (skating), inot (swimming), and oina. Oina is a traditional Romanian game akin to baseball, involving hitting a ball and running to different markers.

1960 Romania – Children Playing Baseball
1960 Romania – Children Playing Baseball

1961

Colombia

The 1961 Colombia postage stamps celebrate the IV Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos (4th Bolivarian Games), held December 3–16, 1961, in Barranquilla, organized by the Bolivarian Sports Organization (ODEBO). These stamps depict various sports from the games, such as baseball, football/soccer, and basketball, along with a stamp featuring the statue of Simon Bolivar with flags.

1961 Colombia – IV Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos
1961 Colombia – IV Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos
1961 Colombia – IV Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos Souvenir Sheet
1961 Colombia – IV Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos Souvenir Sheet
1961 Colombia – IV Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos First Day Cover
1961 Colombia – IV Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos First Day Cover
1961 Colombia – IV Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos First Day Cover
1961 Colombia – IV Juegos Deportivos Bolivarianos First Day Cover

Costa Rica

Costa Rica released these commemorative postage stamps in April 1961, featuring a blue ink overprint, to honor the 15th Amateur Baseball Championship. This international sporting event held immense global significance since its inaugural edition in 1938 when England emerged as the champion. In a historic turn of events, the year 1961 saw Costa Rica hosting the championship, and it was Cuba that emerged as the triumphant team.

1961 Costa Rica – XV Campeonato Mundial de Beisbol de Aficionadas, 25¢
1961 Costa Rica – XV Campeonato Mundial de Beisbol de Aficionadas, 25¢
1961 Costa Rica – XV Campeonato Mundial de Beisbol de Aficionadas, 75¢
1961 Costa Rica – XV Campeonato Mundial de Beisbol de Aficionadas, 75¢
1961 Costa Rica – XV Campeonato Mundial de Beisbol de Aficionadas First Day Cover
1961 Costa Rica – XV Campeonato Mundial de Beisbol de Aficionadas First Day Cover

Liberia

Issued on December 4, 1961, this postage stamp set celebrates Scoutism, emphasizing its cultural significance in Liberia. Each stamp, adorned with silhouettes of a baseball player, tennis player, and soccer player, highlights the blend of sports and scouting, reflecting the importance of physical education and teamwork in young scouts’ development. This series underscores scouting’s role in broader educational and character-building efforts.

1961 Liberia – Boy Scouts of Liberia, 5¢
1961 Liberia – Boy Scouts of Liberia, 5¢
1961 Liberia – Boy Scouts of Liberia, 35¢
1961 Liberia – Boy Scouts of Liberia, 35¢
1961 Liberia – Boy Scouts of Liberia sheet
1961 Liberia – Boy Scouts of Liberia sheet
1961 Liberia – Boy Scouts of Liberia First Day Covers
1961 Liberia – Boy Scouts of Liberia First Day Covers

1962

Cuba

This 1962 Cuban postage stamp celebrates the National Institute of Sport, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER), which governs all Cuban sports and recreation. INDER, akin to Cuba’s Ministry of Sport, develops sports for all citizens and trains elite athletes. This belongs to a series of 30 different sports stamps issued for the occasion.

1962 Cuba – Inauguration of National Sport Institute
1962 Cuba – Inauguration of National Sport Institute
1962 Cuba – Inauguration of National Sport Institute Baseball Sheet
1962 Cuba – Inauguration of National Sport Institute Baseball Sheet

Cuba

In 1962, Cuba released a series of postage stamps to honor the 9th Central American and Caribbean Games, with one of these stamps showcasing the sport of baseball. These stamps, issued on August 27, 1962, commemorate the games hosted that year in Kingston, Jamaica, an event notable for its near-cancellation and for being the first time the games took place in a non-Spanish speaking country. The games, which are only second to the Olympics in terms of longevity, are a major sporting event for countries in Central America, the northern region of South America, and Caribbean islands and territories. During these games, Cuba excelled with the highest number of gold medals.

1962 Cuba – IX Juegos Centro Americanos y del Caribe
1962 Cuba – IX Juegos Centro Americanos y del Caribe
1962 Cuba – IX Juegos Centro Americanos y del Caribe First Day Cover
1962 Cuba – IX Juegos Centro Americanos y del Caribe First Day Cover

Cuba

In 1962, Cuba issued postage stamps to commemorate the Latin American University Games which took place in Havana, Cuba. These stamps feature baseball, track, basketball, and the globe, all adorned with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) seal. Released on October 13, 1962, these stamps celebrated the university-level athletic competition in Latin America, a significant event in the region’s sporting calendar.

1962 Cuba – Juegos Universitarios Latinoamericanos
1962 Cuba – Juegos Universitarios Latinoamericanos
1962 Cuba – Juegos Universitarios Latinoamericanos First Day Cover
1962 Cuba – Juegos Universitarios Latinoamericanos First Day Cover
1962 Cuba – Juegos Universitarios Latinoamericanos Stamp Sheet
1962 Cuba – Juegos Universitarios Latinoamericanos Stamp Sheet

Japan

These 1962 Japan postage stamps, issued on October 21, commemorate the 17th National Athletic Meeting and feature themes of softball and rifle shooting. The event, held in Okayama Prefecture, was notable for Okinawa’s first official participation, and was celebrated under the slogan “Okayama National Athletic Meet that creates history.”

1962 Japan – 17th National Athletic Meeting
1962 Japan – 17th National Athletic Meeting
1962 Japan – 17th National Athletic Meeting First Day Cover
1962 Japan – 17th National Athletic Meeting First Day Cover

Venezuela

The First National Games in Caracas, held in 1961, marked a pivotal moment in Venezuelan sports by featuring a variety of athletic disciplines and playing a crucial role in fostering national unity and pride. This landmark event was instrumental in nurturing sporting talent throughout the country and significantly contributing to Venezuela’s cultural and social development. In commemoration of this significant event, Venezuela released six postage stamps, with one sheet featuring cycling, baseball, and gymnastics.

1962 Venezuela – Primeros Juegos Deportivos Nacionales
1962 Venezuela – Primeros Juegos Deportivos Nacionales
1962 Venezuela – Primeros Juegos Deportivos Nacionales Souvenir Sheet
1962 Venezuela – Primeros Juegos Deportivos Nacionales Souvenir Sheet
1962 Venezuela – Primeros Juegos Deportivos Nacionales First Day Cover
1962 Venezuela – Primeros Juegos Deportivos Nacionales First Day Cover

1963

Cuba

The 1963 Cuban postage stamp, released in conjunction with the Fourth Pan-American Games in São Paulo, honors Cuba’s victory in baseball, with the nation securing the gold medal. This tournament, featuring teams from Brazil, the United States, Mexico, and Venezuela, underscored Cuba’s dominance in the sport, led by players like Franklyn Aspillaga and Antonio Rubio.

1963 Cuba – IV Juegos Pan-Americanos Sao Paulo 1963
1963 Cuba – IV Juegos Pan-Americanos Sao Paulo 1963
1963 Cuba – IV Juegos Pan-Americanos First Day Cover
1963 Cuba – IV Juegos Pan-Americanos First Day Cover

Nicaragua

The stamp issued by Nicaragua in 1963 served to commemorate the forthcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, the first ever held in Asia. Baseball was to be a demonstration sport only, between the United States and Japan, without Nicaraguan participation. The U.S. faced Japan in two exhibition games. The first game was against a collegiate team that ended in a 2-2 tie, while the second game was against adult amateur players resulted in a 3-0 victory for the U.S. The games were played on October 11, 1964, at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Tokyo.

The stamp was reissued on December 19, 1964 with the overprint “Olimpiadas Tokyo – 1964.” It was reissued again in 1968 with a “RESELLO $0.05” overprint.

1963 Nicaragua – Olympic Games in Tokyo
1963 Nicaragua – Olympic Games in Tokyo
1964 Nicaragua – Olympic Games in Tokyo, "Olympiadas Tokyo 1964" overprint
1964 Nicaragua – Olympic Games in Tokyo, "Olympiadas Tokyo 1964" overprint
1968 Nicaragua – Olympic Games in Tokyo, "RESELLO" overprint
1968 Nicaragua – Olympic Games in Tokyo, "RESELLO" overprint
1963 Nicaragua – Olympic Games First Day Cover
1963 Nicaragua – Olympic Games First Day Cover
1964 Nicaragua – Olympic Games in Tokyo, "Olympiadas Tokyo 1964" overprint First Day Cover
1964 Nicaragua – Olympic Games in Tokyo, "Olympiadas Tokyo 1964" overprint First Day Cover
1963 Nicaragua – Olympic Games Baseball Stamp Sheet
1963 Nicaragua – Olympic Games Baseball Stamp Sheet

1964

Afghanistan

Afghanistan celebrated Child Protection Day in 1964 by issuing stamps depicting children playing baseball in three denominations, emphasizing the country’s focus on children’s welfare. This year was also pivotal in Afghanistan due to the country’s adoption of a new constitution, ushering in a constitutional monarchy and advancing political and social rights.

1964 Afghanistan – Children Playing Baseball, 2ps
1964 Afghanistan – Children Playing Baseball, 2ps
1964 Afghanistan – Children Playing Baseball, 3ps
1964 Afghanistan – Children Playing Baseball, 3ps
1964 Afghanistan – Children Playing Baseball, 10ps
1964 Afghanistan – Children Playing Baseball, 10ps

San Marino

The 1964 San Marino postage stamps commemorate the 8th European Baseball Championship held in Italy. San Marino is an enclaved microstate within central Italy. During this tournament, the Netherlands clinched their sixth consecutive title, with Italy finishing runner-up.

1964 San Marino – VIII Campionato Europeo di Baseball, 30 lire
1964 San Marino – VIII Campionato Europeo di Baseball, 30 lire
1964 San Marino – VIII Campionato Europeo di Baseball, 70 lire
1964 San Marino – VIII Campionato Europeo di Baseball, 70 lire
1964 San Marino – VIII Campionato Europeo di Baseball First Day Cover
1964 San Marino – VIII Campionato Europeo di Baseball First Day Cover

1965

Today’s game of baseball shares similarities with pre-Hispanic Latin American ball games. There is a long-standing tradition among Latinos to commemorate this connection through trophies and art. These Mexican postage stamps, issued for the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, feature clay figurines of a pitcher and a batter from Colima, Mexico, dating back to around AD 300–650.

Mexico

1965 Mexico – 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City – Pitcher, 20¢
1965 Mexico – 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City – Pitcher, 20¢

Mexico

1965 Mexico – 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City – Batter, 40¢
1965 Mexico – 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City – Batter, 40¢

Mexico

1965 Mexico – 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City SS
1965 Mexico – 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City SS

1966

Cuba

The 1966 Cuba stamp commemorates the 10th Central American and Caribbean Games, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The stamp pays tribute to Cuba’s gold medal victory over Puerto Rico in baseball and celebrates the sport’s deep roots and immense popularity in the region.

1966 Cuba – X Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe
1966 Cuba – X Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe
1966 Cuba – X Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe First Day Cover
1966 Cuba – X Juegos Centroamericanos y del Caribe First Day Cover

1967

Cuba

In 1967, Cuba issued a postage stamp to commemorate its performance at the 5th Pan American Games held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. These games featured baseball, with Cuba competing against Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Cuba’s journey culminated in a silver medal, as they lost to the United States in the championship series.

1967 Cuba – V Juegos Panamericanos
1967 Cuba – V Juegos Panamericanos
1967 Cuba – V Juegos Panamericanos First Day Cover
1967 Cuba – V Juegos Panamericanos First Day Cover
1967 Cuba – V Juegos Panamericanos Stamp Sheet
1967 Cuba – V Juegos Panamericanos Stamp Sheet

1968

Japan

To celebrate the 50th All-Japan High School Baseball Championship Tournament, which began at Koshien Baseball Stadium on August 9, 1968, two special 15-yen postage stamps were issued. The first stamp depicts a pitcher with the championship flag. The second stamp creatively features numerous players clad in white jerseys, arranged to form a baseball shape. This unique design incorporates the number ’50’ and the year ‘1968’, highlighting the significant milestone of the tournament.

1968 Japan – 50th High School Baseball Tournament, Scott #963
1968 Japan – 50th High School Baseball Tournament, Scott #963
1968 Japan – 50th High School Baseball Tournament, Scott #964
1968 Japan – 50th High School Baseball Tournament, Scott #964
1968 Japan – 50th High School Baseball Tournament First Day Cover
1968 Japan – 50th High School Baseball Tournament First Day Cover
1968 Japan – 50th High School Baseball Tournament Stamp Sheet
1968 Japan – 50th High School Baseball Tournament Stamp Sheet

1969

Ajman

The Ajman ‘Champions of Sport’ stamps set from 1969 was a 6-stamp government-issued series, featuring Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Honus Wagner, and George Sisler. Similar stamps were issued by Manama, nearly identical except for differences in color and country designation. The Ajman post office released these stamp with perforations and without​ perforations as a souvenir sheet.

1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, Honus Wagner
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, Honus Wagner
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, Honus Wagner
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, Honus Wagner
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, Joe DiMaggio
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, Joe DiMaggio
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, Joe DiMaggio
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, Joe DiMaggio
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, Ty Cobb
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, Ty Cobb
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, Ty Cobb
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, Ty Cobb
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, Stan Musial
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, Stan Musial
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, Stan Musial
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, Stan Musial
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, Babe Ruth
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, Babe Ruth
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, Babe Ruth
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, Babe Ruth
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, George Sisler
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions, George Sisler
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, George Sisler
1969 Ajman – Baseball Champions Souvenir Sheet, George Sisler
1969 Ajman – Baseball First Day of Issue
1969 Ajman – Baseball First Day of Issue

Cuba

Cuba commemorated its victory in the 17th World Series of Amateur Baseball, marking the event that took place in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, from August 15 to 26, 1969. In a closely contested final, Cuba triumphed over the United States, concluding a previously undefeated streak of 9-0 for both teams. The final score was 2–1 in favor of Cuba. Accompanying the postage stamp is a secondary stamp featuring the final standings from the games.

1969 Cuba – Cuba's Victory in the 17th World Championship
1969 Cuba – Cuba's Victory in the 17th World Championship
1969 Cuba – Cuba's Victory in the 17th World Championship First Day Cover
1969 Cuba – Cuba's Victory in the 17th World Championship First Day Cover

Dominican Republic

The six vignette stamps issued for the 17th World Series of Amateur Baseball, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic feature distinctive baseball-themed designs. The Dominican Republic team won Bronze medal with a record of 7-2.

The 1 centavo stamp shows a player catching a ball, while the 2 centavos stamp presents a panoramic view of Estadio Cibao. The 3 centavos stamp depicts action at the bases, and the 7 centavos stamp illustrates the grandstands of Tetelo Vargas Stadium. The 10 centavos stamp focuses on a batting scene, and the 1 peso stamp features the facade of Estadio Quisqueya.

1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, 1¢
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, 1¢
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, 2¢
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, 2¢
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, 3¢
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, 3¢
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, 7¢
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, 7¢
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, 10¢
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, 10¢
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, $1
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur, $1
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur FDC
1969 Dominican Republic – XVII Serie Mundial de Beisbol Amateur FDC

Manama

In 1969, similar to the Ajman ‘Champions of Sport’ stamps set, Manama also issued a series of stamps that were nearly identical, with the primary differences being in color and country designation. Unlike Ajman’s issuance, the Manama stamps were released exclusively with perforations. This government-issued series consisted of six stamps, each featuring a baseball legend: Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Ty Cobb, Stan Musial, Honus Wagner, and George Sisler.

1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, Honus Wagner
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, Honus Wagner
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, Joe DiMaggio
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, Joe DiMaggio
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, Ty Cobb
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, Ty Cobb
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, Stan Musial
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, Stan Musial
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, Babe Ruth
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, Babe Ruth
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, George Sisler
1969 Manama – Baseball Champions, George Sisler

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