Stamp Announcement 21-26: Backyard Games Stamps


On August 12, 2021, in Rosemont, IL, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Backyard Games stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in eight designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps (Item 481200). These stamps will go on sale nationwide August 12, 2021, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue. The Backyard Games pane of 16 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

With this issuance, the Postal Service™ celebrates the many games Americans play for outdoor recreation. A pane of 16 stamps features eight unique digital designs of the following backyard games:

n Badminton,

n Bocce,

n Cornhole,

n Croquet,

n Flying disc,

n Horseshoes,

n Tetherball, and

n A variation on pick-up baseball.

Greg Breeding was the art director. Mike Ryan designed the stamps with original artwork by Mick Wiggins.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 481200, Backyard Games (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) PSA Pane of 16 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps before the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web at

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

Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ or at The Postal Store® website at 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 – Backyard Games 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 December 12, 2021.

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 USA Philatelic catalog and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic catalog online at

Locally produced items are not authorized. Only merchandise that has been approved and assigned an item number by Headquarters Retail Marketing may be produced and sold.



Backyard Games Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 16 (8 designs)



Issue Date & City:

August 12, 2021, Rosemont, IL 60018

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Mike Ryan, Charlottesville, VA


Mick Wiggins, Little Rock, AR


Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Gallus RCS

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

25,600,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.77 x 1.05 in./ 19.558 x 26.67 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.91 x 1.19 in./ 23.114 x 30.226 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

4.3 x 6.875 in./ 109.22 x 174.625 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

22 x 13.75 in./ 558.8 x 349.25 mm

Plate Size:

160 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“B” followed by four (4) single digits in two corners

Marginal Markings:


Header: Backyard Games • Plate number in bottom two corners


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