Stamp Announcement 12-40: Major League Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby

Stamp Announcement 12-40: Major League Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby

On July 21, 2012, in Cleveland, Ohio, the Postal Service will issue a Major League Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby commemorative stamp (Forever priced at 45 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 577900).

The stamp will go on sale in Cleveland July 21, 2012.

With this issuance of the Major League Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby stamp, the U.S. Postal Service recog­nizes a seven-time All-Star selection who was the first Afri­can American to play on an American League baseball team, the Cleveland Indians. The stamp art, based on his­toric photographs, shows Doby at bat. Illustrator Kadir Nel­son worked with art director Phil Jordan to create the stamp art.

Distribution: Item 577900, Major League Baseball All-Stars, Larry Doby (Forever priced at 45 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

The individual baseball all-stars stamps will only be dis­tributed to the players’ home town city (where each player most notably performed), Cooperstown, New York, and Stamp Fulfillment Services.

The Binghamton, New York Stamp Distribution Center (SDC) will receive an automatic distribution quantity of 50,000 panes of the Larry Doby issue. The stamp, which will be distributed and sold as a pane, has a master carton size of 2,000 panes.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

The Binghamton SDC will make a limited automatic dis­tribution to a select number of Cleveland Post Offices. Dis­tribution quantities and locations receiving an automatic distribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at The SDC must not distribute this commemorative pane to Post Offices before July 6, 2012. There will be no addi­tional quantity available for Post Offices after the initial dis­tribution.

How to Order Major League Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby Stamp

Customers may preorder the individual pane and col­lectible products now and continue until August 31, 2012, by visiting:, by calling 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724), or by mailing a check or money order to:

MLB Pre-Order Offer
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive #210
Kansas City, MO 64144-0001

The orders will not be fulfilled until July 21, 2012.

(For mail orders, customers should include an additional $1.25 for orders up to $50, or $1.75 for orders over $50.)

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Major League Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby Stamp
2200 Orange Avenue, Room 206
Cleveland, OH 44101-9996

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by September 21, 2012.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmarks are permitted for the Major League Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing Major League Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

Larry Doby cancellation

Larry Doby cancellation

To finalize the Major League Baseball All-Star: Larry Doby stamp pictorial postmark art, insert the date, city, state, and ZIP Code of the physical location of your event adjacent to the stamp image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed 4 inches horizontally by 2 inches vertically. Collectors prefer the dimensions 3 1/2 inches by 1 inch.

The Postal Service must make all special postmarks known to collectors through advance publicity in the Postal Bulletin. Therefore, all special dedication cancellations must be reported to Stamp Services 4 weeks before the events using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announce­ment/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items post­marked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic Catalog, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Cus­tomers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are three philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 577961*, Larry Doby First-Day Cover, $0.89.

n 577965*, Larry Doby Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 577984*, Larry Doby Uncut Press Sheet, $54.00. (Limited Quantity of 2,500)

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.



Major League Baseball All-Stars: Larry Doby

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

July 21, 2012, Cleveland, OH 44101 (Field Event)


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Kadir Nelson, Los Angeles, CA




Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

3 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


569 (Green), Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in./36.07 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.75 x 6.375 in./184.15 x 161.92 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:



Header: “MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS /// LARRY DOBY” Plate numbers in four corners of pane


Header: “MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS /// LARRY DOBY” © 2011 USPS USPS logo Cooperstown Collection logo
Plate position diagram Barcode (577900) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Promotional text
Short bio of Larry Doby
Proprietary notice