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Backyard Games stamps dedicated

Ceremony participants unveil the stamp images. From left are Bill Gicker, Greg Breeding, Judy de Torok, Scott English, Alex P. Gara and Kalind Haynes, a Chicago letter carrier who performed the national anthem.

Backyard Games, the Postal Service’s latest stamp release, was dedicated Aug. 12 during the Great American Stamp Show, an event for philatelists held in Rosemont, IL.

“Stamp collecting has become a great American tradition, just as the backyard games we’re celebrating today have become great American traditions,” said Judy de Torok, the Postal Service’s corporate affairs vice president.

De Torok was joined at the dedication by William J. Gicker, the USPS Stamp Services director; Greg Breeding, a postal art director; Scott D. English, the American Philatelic Society’s executive director; and Alex P. Gara, president of the American Bocce Co.

The stamps depict eight sports usually played simply for the fun of it: badminton, bocce, cornhole, croquet, flying disc, horseshoes, tetherball and a variation on pick-up baseball.

They feature a simplified style emphasizing the movement of the game pieces and evoke a sense of nostalgia, suggesting carefree hours of summertime play.

The Forever stamps are available in panes of 16 at and Post Offices nationwide.