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Have a Ball! stamps - First Day Information. 05/19/2017 -- The 8 new Have a Ball! stamps will have their First Day of Issue ceremony at the Erin Hills Golf Course in Hartford, Wisconsin at 8 a.m. on 14 June. You must have a valid gallery pass for that day’s golf event in order to attend the ceremony. The USPS has a limited number of free gallery passes. Please visit the USPS website to apply for tickets.

Have A Ball Digital First Day CancelFor those interested in mailing in covers for first day postmark, you have a couple of choices. The regular black ink first day cancel may be obtained by mailing your stamped, self-addressed covers to: FDOI – Have A Ball Stamps, USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services, 8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300, Kansas City, MO 64144-9900 USA.

There is also a color digital first day cancel (shown above) that is available by mail only. The cost per serviced cover is 50 cents. You must still submit stamped, self-addressed covers. Further details are available in this USPS notice.
Cover JSP Winter 2015Spring 2017 Journal of Sports Philately is now online. 03/08/2017 -- Leading off is Part 3 of Laurentz Jonker's detailed review of the colorful stamps issued for the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic Games. In this installment, the author details the usages of the stamps on cards and covers with postal rates ranging from 1-1/2 cents all the way up to 120 cents. Many of the postal items shown have been mailed to exotic destinations around the world. Ice hockey fans will enjoy Kon Sokolyk's review of Canada Post's stamp issues honoring a century of the NHL. Emerging from the Great Depression, Cleveland, Illinois held the Great Lakes Exposition of 1936 to boost civic pride and stimulate business. Baseball fan, Norman Rushefsky, managed to find a connection between baseball and a balloon race launched during the fair. Vito Milana transports us to Australia for a look at cricket vignettes -- some quite rare -- dating back to the early days of the last century. At the request of many members who participated in our survey a few months ago, we are stimulating discussion, and hopefully participation, in exhibiting sports and Olympics. Did you know that there is a special Display Class in exhibiting in which you can show off both your philatelic and non-philatelic collectibles? Come along for the ride as Pat Loehr introduces readers to golf exhibiting starting off with a page from her display exhibit, "On Course for Golf."

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