Collectors and fans can add a little baseball history to their correspondence next year. The United States Post Office has announced that it will release a series of four "All-Star Stamps" during 2012. First up will be Joe DiMaggio. The other three will be announced at a later date.
The son of an Italian fisherman, Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999) led the New York Yankees to ten pennants and nine World Series titles. Admired for his skill and grace as a fielder and base runner, the “Yankee Clipper” is best known for his incredible 56-game hitting streak in 1941. Many consider him the greatest all-around player of his time.
Artist/illustrator Kadir Nelson based his artwork on DiMaggio and the other three players on historic photographs. Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamps.
The Major League Baseball All-Star stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
The USPS says that like DiMaggio, the other three stamps will feature players who were "perennial All-Star selections and left an indelible impression on the game".