The US Postal Service has announced a host of new postage stamp designs to be released next year, including one that has received the endorsement of the US Women’s National Team as it prepares to retain its crown at the 2023 Women’s World Cup. .

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New collection includes a wide range of designs that the USPS says “highlight our unique American culture” and includes a number of prominent individuals who have made a major public impact. Former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writer Toni Morrison, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein and civil rights leader Chief Standing Bear were awarded.

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There is also a stamp dedicated to women’s soccer in the United States, from a network of youth leagues to the reigning USWNT world champions. The stamp, designed by Antonio Alcala and using illustrations by Noah Macmillan, features a player acrobaticly “side kicking” the ball in a streamlined modernist style that aims to depict the dynamic movement and movement of the women’s game.

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“Signed, sealed, delivered. I can’t wait to get into your mailboxes.” USWNT tweeted.

While the two worlds may not be an obvious combination, football has served as inspiration for stamp illustrations on several occasions in the past. Indeed, several star names have successfully entered the world of philately.

It probably goes without saying that Zlatan Ibrahimovic received his own series of stamps from the Swedish Postal Service (Posten) back in 2014.

The limited edition included five different images of the veteran striker and was an instant hit, selling over five million stamps prior to their launch.

Similarly, Robert Lewandowski ended up featured on a Polish postage stamp ahead of the 2018 World Cup, scoring 16 goals in 10 games during the qualifying campaign.

On the opening day of the tournament, five million stamps featuring the country’s top scorer were printed and put into circulation at a price of PLN 6 (approximately EUR 1.25) each.

Having secured the status of a national sports hero, in 2019 Armenia’s top scorer Henrikh Mkhitaryan received his own signed postage stamp.

Although neither received a stamp from their home country, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both appeared on stamps from the African nation of Burundi.

In 2013, the Royal Mail released a special collection for the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the rules of the game by the Football Association. Selected stamps featured 12 of Britain’s greatest footballing talents, including Bobby Moore (England), Denis Law (Scotland), John Charles (Wales) and George Best (Northern Ireland).

However, perhaps the coolest soccer-themed stamp ever released was a special homage to Sensible Soccer released in 2020 as part of a 12-piece set celebrating classic British video games from the 1980s and 1990s.