Have a Ball Stamps June 14 at the 117th U.S. Open Championship in Wisconsin

The U.S. Postal Service will issue June 14 a first-of-a-kind stamps with the look — and feel — of actual balls used in eight popular sports, according to a press release.

The 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; golf ball’s dimples; tennis ball’s seams; soccer ball or volleyball’s textured panels; and, the different raised patterns of a football, basketball and kickball.

The first-day-of-issuance ceremony will be held at 8 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 14, at the 117th U.S. Open Championship in Hartford, Wisconsin. The ceremony will be part of the U.S. Golf Association’s Flag Day celebration. The Postal Service is honored to be part of this special tribute to those who serve or have served in the military. Nearly one of seven postal employees served in the military.

To attend the standing room only ceremony, you must present a 2017 U.S. Open ticket for June 14, 2017, or a free special access ticket available for request only at usps.com/haveaball. Special access tickets are limited and are only good for June 14, 2017. Confirmed acceptance will be provided and is required for admission. The offer does not apply to U.S. Open ticket holders, active military — who will be admitted free — or children under 12 when accompanied by an adult ticket holder or badge holder.

The eight forever stamps will be issued in panes of 16 that include two stamps of each design. While most traditional stamps are square or rectangular in design, these stamps will be round. Stamp artist Daniel Nyari of Long Island City, New York, and stamp designer Mike Ryan of Charlottesville, Virginia, worked with Art Director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, Virginia to create the stamp images.

Trans-Canada Highway Honored on Canada 150 Stamp

The Trans-Canada Highway — one of the longest continuous roadways in the world — will be honored on a maple leaf-shaped stamp to be issued June 1 honoring Canada’s sesquicentennial.

The stamp, the fifth to be revealed in the set of 10, was unveiled during a live ceremony today in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Canada 150 stamps, all in the shape of a maple leaf, honor significant Canadian events, people, and accomplishments that have occurred since the 1967 centennial.

The stamp shows a section of the highway with a picturesque tree-covered hill in the background. In the foreground is one of the highway’s distinctive white-on-green maple lead road marker. The date “1971” is at the bottom.

The highway spans 4,990 miles between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, traveling through 10 provinces. Construction began in 1950; a section of the highway opened in 1961 and it was finished in 1971.

Gavin Semple, president of Brandt Industries Ltd. of Regina, Saskatchewan, took part in the unveiling ceremony, which took place outdoors beneath a tent at Brandt headquarters. He talked about driving the highway as a young truck driver. During Canada Post’s live video feed from the event, vehicles could be seen zooming past on the highway in the background.

The Brandt Group, based in Regina with about 1,800 employees, is a major supplier of agricultural and other heavy industry equipment, including tractors, augers, conveyors, harrows, excavators, pipe-testing, graders, and loaders.

Aside from Canada Post officials, Ken Hardie, a member of Parliament, and Ken Cheveldayoff, Saskatchewan’s minister of Parks, Culture, and Sport, also took part in the ceremony, as did country music performers Dean Brody and Madeline Merlo, who are on tour. Hardie offered an anecdote about having a recent breakdown on the highway when it was -29 (C.) degrees. Cheveldayoff gave a nod to the start of Canada’s rural mail delivery system in 1908.

Singer and songwriter Brody, 41, a native of British Columbia, has been performing and recording since 2008.

In a video, he talked about the importance of the Trans-Canada Highway and its link to Canada’s wide open spaces and how it links Canada’s people, nature and small towns. He noted how he had lived in the U.S. for about four years when he returned to Canada and spent six weeks driving the entire highway westward from Victoria to Newfoundland.

“To have a highway to connect the whole country together is a big deal,” Brody said.

He has created six albums, including the debut of Brothers (2008–09) and his latest being Beautiful Freakshow (2016). Brody has received more than 40 Juno and Canadian Country Music Association nominations and has scored 11 wins, including a 2016 Juno for Country Music Album of the Year for Gypsy Road.

The Canada 150 set of 10 will be formally issued June 1. Between now and then, five more stamp designs will be unveiled.

Canada Post has previously unveiled Habitat and Expo 67, the patriation of the Constitution and creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadarm (space accomplishments), and Marriage Equality as the first four celebratory moments of 10 in its Canada 150 program. Details are available at canadapost.ca/canada150.

World Stamp Show-NY 2016 Frames Available for Sale

While significant quantities of exhibit frames have already been purchased by United States, Canadian, Japanese, Panamanian, and Israeli philatelic organizations, a little more than 1,000 units used only once during World Stamp Show-NY 2016 remain available.

Each unit, which includes the required legs, provides two faces each that hold 16 standard sized exhibit pages. These ultra-durable frames are about half the weight of those used at most U.S. national and international shows over the past 30 years. The frames also come with new screws re-engineered since WSS-NY 2016 for easier setup and added security.

The cost is $150/unit plus actual shipping from Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Shipping costs may be avoided by arranging pickup from the American Philatelic Society in Bellefonte or at the August APS StampShow in Richmond, Virginia.

Basic Specs:

• Familiar easy load “A Frame” design
• 4 foot high by 3 foot wide main panels
• Each front/back unit weighs 24 pounds
• Strong and durable polystyrene base
• White polystyrene inner panel
• Clear 1/8” acrylic face sheets
• Easy to attach anodized aluminum legs
• Heavy duty security screws
• Shipped with 2 units per box
• Legs boxed separately
• Includes custom screwdrivers

Watch a video of the frame setup.

To arrange purchase or for additional information, contact Ken Martin at the American Philatelic Society at 814-933-3817 or kpmartin@stamps.org.

Formula One Racing Roars Onto
Five New Canadian Stamps

Five legendary auto racers appear on a new set of stamps honoring the 50th anniversary of Formula One racing in Canada.

The stamps, which will be sold in booklets of 10 and a souvenir sheet of five, depict Canadian hero Gilles Villeneuve, along with Sir Jackie Stewart and Lewis Hamilton, of Great Britain, Brazil’s Ayrton Senna, and Germany’s Michael Schumacher. Three of the drivers are still living.

The stamps were formally unveiled May 15 in a ceremony in Montreal, home to Grand Prix racing in Canada, and will be officially released today, Tuesday, May 16. This year’s race is June 11. Here is the video of the unveiling event:

In addition to the driver’s profile, each stamp features a small checkered flag (indicative of the winning driver in a race), the driver’s native flag, an outline of a race car, the Formula One symbol and the year dates 1967–2017.

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