1997 32c Football Coaches: George Halas

# 3146 - 1997 32c Football Coaches: George Halas

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US #3146
1997 George Halas – Football Coaches

  • Honors one of the greatest US football coaches of all time
  • Also issued in single design pane of 20 with red line


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  Legendary Football Coaches
Value:  32¢, First Class Mail Rate
First Day of Issue:  August 7, 1997
First Day City:  Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Quantity Issued:  20,000,000
Printed by:  Printed for Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. by Sterling Sommer, Tonawanda, New York
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 20 (Horizontal, 4 across, 5 down)
Perforations:  11.1
Tagging:  Large tagging block over all 20 stamps, covering the stamps to the edges.

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate one of the greatest US football coaches in history:  George Halas.

About the stamp design:  The stamp pictures a design by artist Daniel Moore.  It pictures coach Halas wearing a hat and his “lucky” light blue sweater.  He is shown going over plays during a game.  The artwork was based on a photograph taken by Dave Maenza of Chicago.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

About the Legendary Football Coaches set:  A four-stamp set picturing some of US sports history’s greatest football coaches:  Paul “Bear” Bryant, Glenn “Pop” Warner, Vince Lombardi, and George Halas.  All designs picture art by Daniel Moore.  The stamps picture each coach in a different setting based on reference photographs and other sources.  The pane of 20 includes a header with the words “Football Coaches” appearing in a type suggesting letters on a chalkboard written by a coach drawing out plays in the locker room.

History the stamp represents:  George Halas’ contributions to the game of football are truly legendary.  A major force in the development of the professional football league, he helped transform the modern game.  In fact, his 1942 team is considered by some to be the greatest team in the history of US professional football.

Born in Chicago, Halas began his professional football career in 1920 with the Decatur Staleys – a team he formed under the American Professional Football Association.  An exceptional defensive end, he played for the team, as well as coached it.  In 1921, he moved the team to Chicago, and the following year they were renamed the Chicago Bears.

During the 1930s, Halas revolutionized football strategy with his wide-open offensive style.  Not only did he revive the T-formation, but he also added a man in motion which allowed for a quick-opening attack and placed a tremendous burden on the defense.  He was also one of the first coaches to use film sessions and daily practices to prepare the team for games.

On several occasions, he left coaching, but later returned.  When he finally retired in 1968, he had coached the Chicago Bears for 40 seasons and had led them to seven league championships.

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US #3146
1997 George Halas – Football Coaches

  • Honors one of the greatest US football coaches of all time
  • Also issued in single design pane of 20 with red line


Stamp Category: 
Commemorative
Set:  Legendary Football Coaches
Value:  32¢, First Class Mail Rate
First Day of Issue:  August 7, 1997
First Day City:  Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Quantity Issued:  20,000,000
Printed by:  Printed for Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. by Sterling Sommer, Tonawanda, New York
Printing Method:  Offset
Format:  Panes of 20 (Horizontal, 4 across, 5 down)
Perforations:  11.1
Tagging:  Large tagging block over all 20 stamps, covering the stamps to the edges.

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate one of the greatest US football coaches in history:  George Halas.

About the stamp design:  The stamp pictures a design by artist Daniel Moore.  It pictures coach Halas wearing a hat and his “lucky” light blue sweater.  He is shown going over plays during a game.  The artwork was based on a photograph taken by Dave Maenza of Chicago.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was held at the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

About the Legendary Football Coaches set:  A four-stamp set picturing some of US sports history’s greatest football coaches:  Paul “Bear” Bryant, Glenn “Pop” Warner, Vince Lombardi, and George Halas.  All designs picture art by Daniel Moore.  The stamps picture each coach in a different setting based on reference photographs and other sources.  The pane of 20 includes a header with the words “Football Coaches” appearing in a type suggesting letters on a chalkboard written by a coach drawing out plays in the locker room.

History the stamp represents:  George Halas’ contributions to the game of football are truly legendary.  A major force in the development of the professional football league, he helped transform the modern game.  In fact, his 1942 team is considered by some to be the greatest team in the history of US professional football.

Born in Chicago, Halas began his professional football career in 1920 with the Decatur Staleys – a team he formed under the American Professional Football Association.  An exceptional defensive end, he played for the team, as well as coached it.  In 1921, he moved the team to Chicago, and the following year they were renamed the Chicago Bears.

During the 1930s, Halas revolutionized football strategy with his wide-open offensive style.  Not only did he revive the T-formation, but he also added a man in motion which allowed for a quick-opening attack and placed a tremendous burden on the defense.  He was also one of the first coaches to use film sessions and daily practices to prepare the team for games.

On several occasions, he left coaching, but later returned.  When he finally retired in 1968, he had coached the Chicago Bears for 40 seasons and had led them to seven league championships.