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Post Office releases much-anticipated set of stamps featuring four baseball legends

Kevin Kaduk
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Summer trips to the mailbox and post office just got a bit more exciting. Starting Friday, the United States Postal Service is selling stamps bearing the likeness of four late Hall of Famers — Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Joe DiMaggio and Willie Stargell.

We've known about this for awhile now — we even speculated about which players would be honored when Joe DiMaggio was announced as the first stamp in the issue — and it would appear the public is pretty jazzed about the arrival. The USPS set a record by receiving over 2 million preorders for the stamps.

You can get your own by visiting your local post office or by putting in an order at www.usps.com/play-ball.

The release of the stamps was marked with not only a ceremony in Cooperstown on Friday but also at post offices in Boston, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and the Bronx. While I'm far from a philatelist, there's an excellent chance I'll be putting these beauties in a frame.

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