|Date of Issue||June 14, 2017|
Forever, First-Class Mail®
|Perforation or Dimension||1.27 x 1.27 in/32.26 x 32.26 mm|
|Series||Have a Ball!|
|Series Time Span||2017|
|Issue Location||Hartford, WI 53027|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On June 14, 2017, in Hartford, WI, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Have a Ball! stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in eight designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 14, 2017.
The U.S. Postal Service celebrates our nation’s passion for athletics with the Have a Ball! stamps. The issuance features colorful illustrations of eight different sports balls:
n A baseball,
n A basketball,
n A football,
n A golf ball,
n A kickball,
n A soccer ball,
n A tennis ball, and
n A volleyball.
The round Have a Ball! stamps feature a special coating applied to selected areas of the stamps during the printing process to give them a textured feel. Mike Ryan designed the stamps and Greg Breeding served as the art director of the project. Daniel Nyari created the colorful, stylized stamp art.
Every day across the United States, people of all ages gather on fields, diamonds, courts, and golf courses to engage in friendly and fun competition. In 2017, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates our nation’s passion for athletics with Have A Ball! Annually, millions in the U.S. participate in the sports represented on the stamps.
Each of the 16 self-adhesive circular stamps showcases illustrations of one of eight sports balls: 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 textured feel. The sheet features two of each design. The words “USA” and “FOREVER 2017” and the name of the sport represented appear on each stamp.
Mike Ryan designed the stamps and Greg Breeding served as the art director of the project. Artist Daniel Nyari created the colorful, stylized stamp art. The Have A Ball! stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.