Monday, February 7, 2011

World Cup USA94 - Stamp Program

Front cover of the World Cup stamp program

Official first day cancel of the World Cup soccer stamps, page signed by the ceremonies participants: Sherrill Smith, sang national anthem; NJ Sen. Frank Lautenberg; Eugene Rear, USPS; Charlie Stillitano, venue director World Cup USA94; Michael Riley, USPS; Michael Dudash, stamp designer; Ronald Chesney, USPS; NJ Gov Chirstine Whitman; Mayor James Pelosi, East Rutherford, NJ; Alan Rothenberg, President World Cup USA94...

Unofficial first day cancellations from East Rutherford, Kearny and Union, NJ......

The inside of the program reads....Soccer (football) is the most popular sport in the world, and its international championship - the World Cup - is the most widely watched sporting event in the world. A cumulative audience of 32 billion people worldwide is expected to watch the 1994 World Cup. Soccer has legions of dedicated fans around the globe. In the United States, its following has flourished among youth and young adult leagues. Soccer is continuing to grow and has become one of the top team sports in High Schools, Colleges and Universities throughout the Untied States. This year the world Cup will be played in the United States.

The World cup is held every four years and consists of 24 national teams playing a total of 52 games over a one month period to determine a World Championship. the games begin on June 17 with the pageantry of the cup's opening ceremonies and concludes July 17 with the awarding of the World Cup trophy to the champion. The US Postal Service is pleased to issue three stamps and a souvenir sheet to commemorate World Cup Soccer. The stamps were designed by Michael Dudash of Moretown, Vermont. The stamps will be issued in a ceremony at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 26.

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