Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 17-26: Have a Ball! Stamps

©2016 USPS

On June 14, 2017, in Hartford, WI, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Have a Ball! stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in eight designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps (Item 474900). The Have a Ball! $7.84 pane of 16 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually. The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 14, 2017.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates our nation’s passion for athletics with the Have a Ball! stamps. The issuance features colorful illustrations of eight different sports balls:

n A baseball,

n A basketball,

n A football,

n A golf ball,

n A kickball,

n A soccer ball,

n A tennis ball, and

n A volleyball.

The round Have a Ball! stamps feature a special coating applied to selected areas of the stamps during the printing process to give them a textured feel. Mike Ryan designed the stamps and Greg Breeding served as the art director of the project. Daniel Nyari created the colorful, stylized stamp art.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 474900, $7.84 Have a Ball! (Forever priced at 49 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 16 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web; offices should also check the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

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 800-782-6724. They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Have a Ball! Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

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 up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by August 14, 2017.

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, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free issue of USA Philatelic at, by calling 800-782-6724, or by writing to:

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

Philatelic Products

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

n 474906, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $62.72.

n 474910*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (set of 8), $21.95.

n 474916*, First-Day Cover (set of 8), $7.44.

n 474921*, Digital Color Postmark (set of 8), $13.12.

n 474924*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 474930*, Ceremony Envelope**, $4.95.

n 474933*, Panel, $10.95.

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.

**Includes ceremony envelope with program brochure; participant programs are not available.



Have a Ball! Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

Forever, First-Class Mail®


Pane of 16 (8 designs)



Issue Date & City:

June 14, 2017, Hartford, WI 53027

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Mike Ryan, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Daniel Nyari, Long Island City, NY


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Flexographic


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

80,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Spot Tag applied

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS Cool Gray #7

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.08 x 1.08 in/27.43 x 27.43 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.27 x 1.27 in/32.26 x 32.26 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

6.25 x 6.25 in/158.75 x 158.75 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

25.25 x 12.50 in/641.35 x 317.50 mm

Plate Size:

256 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) digits

Marginal Markings:


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