Next summer, Joe DiMaggio will appear for the first time on an American stamp as part of the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star stamp series. The collection, announced on Monday, will feature three other Hall of Fame baseball players, though only Mr. DiMaggio’s name has been released. The baseball stamp series, which will be released in July 2012 in sheets of 20, is part of the postal service’s efforts to increase interest in stamp collection using social media, including its Facebook page.
The stamps are being issued as Forever stamps and are based on historical images of the four players.Though this is the first time Mr. DiMaggio will appear on American postage, this is not his first time on a stamp. An image of him showed up on an official stamp released in 1969 by Ajman when it was still an independent emirate in the Persian Gulf.
Mr. DiMaggio’s postal debut is “long overdue,” said Stephen Kearney, manager of stamp services for the postal system. “Yankees fans are already very confident about their legacy, but this will just reinforce that,” Mr. Kearney said. “I think the biggest reaction we’ll get is, ‘What took you so long?’ ” Mr. DiMaggio played 13 seasons for the Yankees starting in 1936, leading the team to nine World Series titles and making the All-Star team in every season he played.
He is best known for his 56-game hitting streak in 1941, a record that still stands.