2017 First-Class Forever Stamp,Have a Ball!: Volleyball

# 5204 - 2017 First-Class Forever Stamp - Have a Ball!: Volleyball

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US #5204
2017 Volleyball – Have a Ball!

• Special coating gives this stamp a textured feel
• One of eight stamps that make up the #3 most popular issue of 2017 as voted by stamp collectors


Stamp Category: Commemorative
Set: Have a Ball!
Value: 49¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue: June 14, 2017
First Day City: Hartford, Wisconsin
Quantity Issued: 80,000,000
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset, Flexographic
Format: Panes of 16
Tagging: Nonphosphored Type III, Spot Tag

Why the stamp was issued: To celebrate America’s love of volleyball.

About the stamp design: Circular in shape and includes an image of a yellow, blue, and white volleyball. Stamp art created by artist Daniel Nyari.

Special design details: The design had a special coating applied to certain areas of the stamp during printing to give it a textured feel.

First Day City: First Day of Issue Ceremony was held in Erin, Wisconsin, during the US Open golf tournament which was held from June 12-18.

About the Have a Ball! set: Issued to commemorate the popularity of sports in the United States, both as players and spectators. Includes eight stamp designs, each picturing a different ball: football, volleyball, soccer ball, golf ball, baseball, basketball, tennis ball, and kickball.

History the stamp represents: Volleyball was invented in Holyoke, Massachusetts, by YMCA physical education director William G. Morgan on February 9, 1895. He combined rules from tennis and handball and called the game Mintonette. The sport was renamed “volley ball” by Alfred Halstead in 1896.

It is not known for sure when the first actual volleyball was created, some say 1896 while others claim 1900. They were originally made of leather and looked similar to early basketballs. Modern volleyballs are much softer and bouncier, with beach volleyballs made of sturdier materials than indoor balls.

Canada was the first country outside the United States to play volleyball (in 1900). In 1919, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) gave over 15,000 volleyballs to ally nations, inspiring the growth of the sport around the world.

Volleyball was first played in the Olympics during an American sports demonstration at the 1924 summer games. The indoor version of the sport was officially added to the summer Olympic program in 1964. However, beach volleyball did not become an official Olympic sport until 1996. Today, the United States is one of the top contenders in men’s indoor volleyball and is number one in men’s and women’s beach volleyball.

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US #5204
2017 Volleyball – Have a Ball!

• Special coating gives this stamp a textured feel
• One of eight stamps that make up the #3 most popular issue of 2017 as voted by stamp collectors


Stamp Category: Commemorative
Set: Have a Ball!
Value: 49¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue: June 14, 2017
First Day City: Hartford, Wisconsin
Quantity Issued: 80,000,000
Printed by: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset, Flexographic
Format: Panes of 16
Tagging: Nonphosphored Type III, Spot Tag

Why the stamp was issued: To celebrate America’s love of volleyball.

About the stamp design: Circular in shape and includes an image of a yellow, blue, and white volleyball. Stamp art created by artist Daniel Nyari.

Special design details: The design had a special coating applied to certain areas of the stamp during printing to give it a textured feel.

First Day City: First Day of Issue Ceremony was held in Erin, Wisconsin, during the US Open golf tournament which was held from June 12-18.

About the Have a Ball! set: Issued to commemorate the popularity of sports in the United States, both as players and spectators. Includes eight stamp designs, each picturing a different ball: football, volleyball, soccer ball, golf ball, baseball, basketball, tennis ball, and kickball.

History the stamp represents: Volleyball was invented in Holyoke, Massachusetts, by YMCA physical education director William G. Morgan on February 9, 1895. He combined rules from tennis and handball and called the game Mintonette. The sport was renamed “volley ball” by Alfred Halstead in 1896.

It is not known for sure when the first actual volleyball was created, some say 1896 while others claim 1900. They were originally made of leather and looked similar to early basketballs. Modern volleyballs are much softer and bouncier, with beach volleyballs made of sturdier materials than indoor balls.

Canada was the first country outside the United States to play volleyball (in 1900). In 1919, American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) gave over 15,000 volleyballs to ally nations, inspiring the growth of the sport around the world.

Volleyball was first played in the Olympics during an American sports demonstration at the 1924 summer games. The indoor version of the sport was officially added to the summer Olympic program in 1964. However, beach volleyball did not become an official Olympic sport until 1996. Today, the United States is one of the top contenders in men’s indoor volleyball and is number one in men’s and women’s beach volleyball.