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USPS, USGA executives

Have a Ball! stamps — new stamps with the look and feel of balls used in eight popular sports — were released June 14 by the Postal Service.

The round stamps depict balls used in baseball, basketball, football, golf, kickball, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

A special coating applied to selected areas of each stamp gives it a texture that simulates the ball it depicts. For example, the baseball stamp feels like it has stitching, while the golf ball stamp feels like it’s dimpled.

“It is my hope that whenever you affix these colorful new stamps to letters, they serve as a reminder of the connection between sports and culture,” said Sales and Customer Relations Sr. VP Cliff Rucker, who dedicated the stamps at the U.S. Open Championship in Hartford, WI.

U.S. Golf Association President Diana Murphy, who also spoke at the dedication, said the stamps symbolize how sports “can connect people and communities, create fun opportunities to promote an active lifestyle and bring out the fan in all of us.”

USPS is releasing the stamps in panes of 16 that include two stamps of each design.

The stamps are available at Post Offices and usps.com. The Postal Service’s June 14 news release has more information.