In a unique and exciting endeavor, the U.S. Postal Service has dedicated a series of stamps that not only visually represent, but also capture the tactile experience of balls used in eight popular sports. The Have a Ball! Forever stamps were unveiled nationwide, showcasing the distinctive balls used in baseball, basketball, football, golf, kickball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.
These innovative stamps provide a multisensory experience, allowing individuals to not only see the iconic sports balls but also feel their textured surfaces. The stamps aim to celebrate the universal appeal of these sports and the joy they bring to athletes and fans alike.
By featuring balls from a diverse range of sports, the U.S. Postal Service recognizes the significant role these activities play in American culture and the collective enjoyment they bring. Whether it’s the familiarity of a baseball, the iconic design of a basketball, or the unique patterns of a soccer ball, these stamps embody the spirit and excitement associated with these beloved sports.
The introduction of the Have a Ball! Forever stamps add an interactive and engaging element to the world of postage, appealing to sports enthusiasts, collectors, and anyone who appreciates the thrill of these athletic pursuits.
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;
a golf ball’s dimples;
a tennis ball’s seams;
a soccer ball or volleyball’s textured panels; and,
the different raised patterns of football, basketball, and kickball.