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Olympic Baseball Issue

The U.S. Postal Service saluted the game of baseball in its first year as an Olympic medal sport with the issuance of a 29-cent commemorative stamp on April 3, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta, home of the Braves, 1991 champions of baseball's National League, was the site of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

The Baseball stamp featured a graphic image of a base runner engulfed in a cloud of dust as he tries to slide into home plate under the tag of the opposing catcher. The Postal Service was a worldwide sponsor of the 1992 Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

The stamp was designed by Anthony DeLuz of Boston, Massachusetts, as part of an International Stamp Art contest sponsored by the Postal Service and eight of its thirty-two partner postal administrations from around the world as part of their unified Olympic sponsorship.

The stamps were printed in the photogravure process by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and issued in panes of fifty.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (April, 2, 1992).


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