Pirates great Stargell featured on Postal Service's top-selling MLB stamp

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The United States Postal Service this morning announced that its Willie Stargell stamp, commemorating the Pirates' late Hall-of-Famer, had finished as the most popular player in its Major League Baseball All-Stars Forever competition.

The contest began with a presale in May and stamps became available with the July 20 issuance of four stamps honoring Stargell, Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees, Larry Doby of the Cleveland Indians and Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox. Three million stamps on sheets of 20 were printed for each individual player in addition to 80 million stamps on sheets of 20 honoring all four players.

For weeks, the most popular stamp varied between DiMaggio and Williams.

"Fan support of their favorite players was so strong that we decided to continue this friendly competition through the end of the World Series," stamp services manager Stephen Kearney said in a press release.

The extra time enabled "Pops" to become the top-seller.

Despite coming in third in the pre-sale that was conducted before the stamps were issued, the Postal Service ended up selling 8,220,355 Stargell stamps. Williams was second with 8,209,035 and DiMaggio's stamp was 8,065,855. Doby finished fourth with 7,844,015.

The series sold more than 32 million stamps.

The competition is over, but the stamps remain available. mobilehome - breaking - region - pirates

Dan Majors: dmajors@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1456. First Published November 5, 2012 12:15 AM


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