|I love the work of artist Kadir Nelson. Check out
his Negro Leagues Art Exhibit as it travels America.
(image copyright, courtesy of USPS)
Collectors are getting heard.
The U.S. Postal Service chose to issue limited numbers of sheets of ONE each of the four new commemorative stamps of Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Larry Doby and Willie Stargell.
The only problem? Only post offices in Cooperstown and the team cities got the special sheets.
Therefore, only some Yankee fans can delight in having no one but The Yankee Clipper on their envelopes. Why not let ALL collectors have the one stamp they want most?
I’m bored with Liberty Bell FOREVER stamps. I feel baseball stamps get your envelope noticed when you’re writing for an autograph. Most of all, using the commemoratives tells the USPS to keep autograph collectors in mind for future issues. Agree?
Coming Friday: Talking autographed baseball books with expert Bobby Plapinger!
Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams are “forever” All-Stars. They’ll have their own “forever” stamps starting in July, 2012.
Co-starring will be commemorative stamps of Larry Doby and Willie Stargell.
Artist Kadir Nelson, who painted the elegant 2010 Negro Leagues stamps, is creator of these four portraits.
I hope collectors stockpile these beauties. There’s nothing better for baseball correspondence!
Coming Wednesday: Ted Wieand shares good and bad news.
How do I choose the personalities to write to as I collect baseball memories? I don’t limit myself to 25-man rosters or official entries in any encyclopedia. If someone has a life and career that speaks to me as a fan, I want more of their story.
As I maintain my goal of sending a letter a day, here’s the people my next sheet of FOREVER stamps are reserved for…
RANDY WEHOFER (pictured above): Iowa Cubs team announcer who played a, yes, team announcer, in the movie Sugar.
NANCY FAUST: White Sox team organist retiring in 2010, her 41st season. She got crowds to sing —
“Na, na, na, na. Na, na, na, na. Hey, hey, hey. Goodbye”
MIKE VEECK: Minor league baseball visionary, son of Hall of Fame team owner Bill Veeck.
SISTER MARY ASSUMPTA: Cleveland Indians super-fan who has baked cookies to give to her “boys” for 25 years. Featured on a 1997 Upper Deck promo card.
KADIR NELSON: Gifted illustrator and creator of the stunning book We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball.
DAVE RAYMOND: The first Phillies Phanatic.
DENNIS RIMA: One of the “Ghost Players” who’ve performed at Iowa’s Field of Dreams and around the world.