Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rube Foster - Negro Leagues

July 15, 2010...the USPS issued 2 stamps to honor Rube Foster and the Negro Leagues, which operated from 1920 into the 1960s. The se-tenant stamp features a scene painted by Kadir Nelson...
The stamps were issued at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Kansas City, Mo. In attendance as honored guests to the dedication ceremony were Mamie "Peanut" Johnson and Cleophus Brown...

Original sketch of the stamp design by Kadir Nelson, as shown on the site Beyond the Perf.
The US Postal service decided not to focus on one particular player, especially since Josh Gibson, Stachel Paige and Jackie Robinson had recently been honored as part of the Legends of Baseball, 2000. Working with art director Howard Paine, Nelson choose to create a se-tenant design with the image stretching across both stamps. The left-hand stamp shows the excitement of the game, while the right-hand stamp features Rube Foster, founder of the first successful Negro baseball league.

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