The Postal Service will soon release first-of-a-kind stamps with the look — and feel — of actual balls used in eight popular sports.
The Have a Ball! stamps will depict balls used in baseball, basketball, football, golf, kickball, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
A special coating applied to selected areas of the stamps during the printing process allows the stamps to mimic the feel of a baseball’s stitching; a golf ball’s dimples; a tennis ball’s seams; a soccer ball and volleyball’s textured panels; and the different raised patterns of a football, basketball and kickball.
The stamps will be issued in panes of 16 that include two stamps of each design.
The dedication ceremony will be June 14 at the 117th U.S. Open Championship in Hartford, WI.