With the Baseball Sluggers issue, the Postal Service recognizes the accomplishments of four baseball greats: Roy Campanella, Hank Greenberg, Mel Ott, and Mickey Mantle. These four men were powerful hitters who wowed fans with awesome and often record-breaking home runs. They were also versatile players who helped lead their teams to victory and set impressive standards for subsequent generations.
The Postal Service issued the 39-cent Baseball Sluggers commemorative stamps on July 15, 2006, at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. The stamps, designed by Phil Jordan of Falls Church, Virginia, were produced in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of twenty stamps. Lonnie Busch of Franklin, North Carolina, based his illustrations on historic photographs, simplifying and adapting the portraits to resemble old-fashioned baseball trading cards.
Avery Dennison manufactured the 200 million stamps in the gravure process.
Reference: Postal Bulletin (June 22, 2006)
Scott Catalogue USA: 4083
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Museum ID: 2006.2036.69