Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out with the crowd. You know the rest of the words, right? Well, did you know this song is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2008? And what better way to celebrate this staple of the American pastime than by commemorating it with a U.S. postage stamp that’s sure to a sports collectibles hit? This summer, the United States Postal Service will issue a special “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” stamp that sports memorabilia enthusiasts throughout the country will want in their collections.
The “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” stamp is designed to look like an 1880 baseball card from the personal collection of an Arizona art director. Baseball cards from this era were often included in cigarette packs. Tobacco cards were distributed for advertising purposes more than to celebrate the game. This baseball collectibles stamp uses the same image as an 1880 tobacco card, but it replaces the tobacco advertisement with “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
As most baseball collectors probably know, the “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” stamp isn’t the first baseball-related postage collectible issued. Throughout the years, a number of U.S. stamps have been created celebrating the great American sport. Some classic baseball collectible stamps include the following:
1992 Olympic Baseball Team
Baseball stamp collectors face a difficult time building their collection because there aren’t many pieces available on the market. One reason for this is stamps can’t be issued of an individual until they have been deceased for 10 years. The only exception to this rule is former presidents can have stamps issued a year after their death. Many of the legends who are associated with building baseball into the giant it currently is are still a live; so, it will be several years before stamps are available of these Hall of Famers.
It’s worth noting the 10-year rule doesn’t apply in other countries. Therefore, baseball stamp enthusiasts can find postage of their favorite players in foreign countries. For example, the Comoro Islands issued stamps of Roger Clemens and Kevin Mitchell several years ago. Many other countries have issued similar stamps celebrating some of the greats of Major League Baseball.
Collecting baseball stamps can prove to be an interesting addition to your collectibles set. I don’t know about you, but I certainly plan on picking up a “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” stamp in the very near future.