illustration of three runners in a race

Offering a powerful palette of form and color, sports stamps emphasize strength and motion to proclaim the importance of athleticism in American life. The examples shown here encompass traditional portraits, but some artists have opted for more dynamic designs, including several that blur into fascinating abstraction.


American Sports: Lou Gehrig

Legends of Baseball: Jackie Robinson

Sports Horses

Duke Kahanamoku

Joe Louis

Olympic Summer Games: Runners

Olympic Winter Games: Speed Skater

Centennial Olympic Games: Men’s Hurdles

Centennial Olympic Games: Women’s Gymnastics

Legendary Football Coaches: Vince Lombardi

Art of the Stamp