June 08, 2012
The American Philatelic Society, America’s stamp club, has added a Baseball Album to their long list of free downloadable mini-stamp albums...Album topics range from sports to states to history to space. The mini-albums have been designed for the beginning collector. The albums feature full-color images of the stamps and information about the subject of the stamp.
Baseball and stamp collecting have more in common than you might think — while one is “America’s pastime” the other is “America’s hobby.” Both have been part of leisure time for more than 100 years.
At one time or another, most youngsters have had a stamp collection. Some teams, like the Atlanta Braves, even had special stamp albums for their fans. Stamps featuring baseball, players, ballparks, and more are produced all over the world from Angola to Venezuela. The United States Postal Service has produced more than fifty stamps with a baseball theme since 1939. Hall of Famers — Joe DeMaggio, Larry Doby, Ted Williams, and Willie Stargell. They join numerous legendary sports heroes who have appeared on U.S. stamps.
Rogers Hornsby, Baseball Hall of Famer and legendary slugger once said, “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball...I stare out the window and wait for spring.” What do you do during the off season? Here’s a suggestion:
Whether a longtime fan or a little leaguer, collecting stamps can enhance one’s baseball experience all year long — celebrate the present, connect with the past, and learn about baseball as it is played around the world.
Unsure about how to start collecting? Visit the website of the American Philatelic Society — http://www.stamps.org/Beginner-Information — learn how to and what to collect, where to get stamps, and how to care for the stamps...The local post office and the mail delivered to private homes or businesses have always been a good source of stamps. The APS has more than 600 dealer members whose contact information can be found at http://www.stamps.org/Dealers. The listing is searchable by topic and by geographic location. Stamp shows and local stamp clubs are two other good sources for stamps and information (http://www.stamps.org/Show-Calendar).
In addition to stamps, postcards and envelopes featuring baseball themes can be included. Baseball postal cancellations are another nice addition to the collection. These also can be through a stamp dealer and at antique shows and flea markets.
No sport elicits more nostalgia than baseball. Many children and adults have played the game or one of its counterparts — tee-ball, softball, or wiffle ball — at one time or another. Everyone knows the words to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and what is meant by the seventh inning stretch. And, of course, who could forget those ball park hot dogs and peanuts. Everyone had a favorite “Boys of Summer.”
Why not keep that baseball feeling all year long? Step up to the plate and take the challenge — download the Baseball Album and start a baseball stamp collection!
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