With this pane of 16 Forever® Backyard Games Stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the variety of games Americans play for outdoor recreation.
Sheet of 16 Forever Postage Backyard Games Stamp. The stamp pane features eight unique designs illustrating eight backyard games—badminton, bocce, cornhole, croquet, flying disc, horseshoes, tetherball, and a variation on pick-up baseball. Each design emphasizes the movement of the game pieces, giving a dynamic quality to the artwork, with a simplified style that evokes the nostalgic feeling of playing backyard games as a child.
As temperatures warm up, Americans head outside to relax and enjoy the sunshine. With a touch of strategy, a bit of luck, and a healthy dose of friendly competition, backyard games provide almost endless amusement. At the beach, in a public park, or in your own backyard, these games are a great way for children and adults to have fun while enjoying the company of friends and family.
Artist Mick Wiggins Explains The Relationship Between His Sports Art And Stamps
It started off as just another backyard game – Wiffle Ball. Until, of course, the USPS legal team determined that it was actually a JUGS ball design and that the U.S. Post Office had usage rights to neither brand. In an exclusive interview, illustrator Mick Wiggins describes everything from being selected to design a stamp to the creative process.
The Ball That Changed Before Your Eyes!
The artwork that Mick Wiggins created for the 2021 issue of Backyard Games started off as a Wiffle Ball, one of eight sports played in the backyard. The illustration clearly conveys the curve of the pitch headed for the yellow Wiffle Ball bat. By the time the artwork ended up on a stamp, the Eiffel ball changed to a baseball, the laces were changed from red to white, and the yellow bat was changed to a brown “warning track” driveway. Still, the final product is a work of art that’s out of the park. Wiggins explains how he got the call, and how he has remained in The Show all these years.
Greg Breeding was the art director. Mike Ryan designed the stamps with original artwork by Mick Wiggins.
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