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Play ball!

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

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As the baseball season begins, itís interesting to note the strong relationship between
the sport and U-S stamps. The first U-S baseball stamp was issued in 1939, for the opening
of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the alleged hundredth anniversary of the first game.
It would be more than 20 years before another team sport showed up on a U-S stamp,
basketball.

There have been baseball stamps for players, stadiums, the first professional game, the
push for Olympic baseball and even the song ďTake Me Out To The Ball Game.Ē

Football didnít get on the scoreboard until 30 years after baseball and still trails in
scoring. Hockey is still in the penalty box as far as U-S stamps are concerned. Basketball
and soccer, pretty much out of bounds.

In fact, if any sport rivals baseball on U-S stamps, itís skiing, because of the winter
olympics stamps.

So.... batter up!

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I'm Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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