Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
The answer is “yes,” when it comes to stamps for children’s television icon Mister Rogers as the U.S. Postal Service will issue a new stamp featuring him late next month.
It will be formally unveiled at a dedication ceremony on March 23 at WQED’s Fred Rogers Studio in Pittsburgh — an event open to the public — and should go on sale at that time, too. These Forever stamps will cost 50 cents each and will also be commonly collected as sheets. He’ll share the stamp with one of his puppets, King Friday XIII.
Believe it or not, it’s also not his first collectibles appearance.
Rogers, who died at age 74 due to stomach cancer back in 2003, appeared in 895 episodes of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, a TV show that aired from 1968 to 2001.
Dallas-based Pro Set included Rogers as one of its Celebrity Captains in its 1991-92 Pro Set Platinum hockey set where his story was told on cardboard alongside the logo of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Another card appearance is 2011 Topps American Pie where his place in pop culture history got a nod among historical figures and memorable moments. His standard card in that set is paralleled a few times and is joined by a Hollywood Walk of Fame insert card and Walk of Fame patch card.
Another card appearance for Rogers is in the 2009 Topps American Heritage Presidential Medal of Freedom set alongside the likes of Mother Teresa, Aretha Franklin, Andy Griffith and Harper Lee. You can see his ceremony where he was honored by President George W. Bush in 2002 in the video above and each of the cards we’ve mentioned in a gallery below.
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