Seabiscuit stamp – coming soon to a post office near you

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Video of the Seabiscuit-War Admiral match race, 1938

The grassroots movement to get Seabiscuit on a U.S. postage stamp must have worked.

The horse that his connections called “Pops” back in the day will be on one of the new 44-cent stamps (scroll down to see it).

The painting by John Mattos depicts a moment in the 1938 Special match race against War Admiral, as  seen in the video at the top of the post.

This price-change stamp will be coming to a U.S. post office near you this May, during the heart of the US Triple Crown season.

In which, if you remember, Seabiscuit didn’t compete. But War Admiral won the 1937 Triple Crown. Who Seabiscuit beat in that match race a year later.

FWIW, if you read the two Wikipedia entries above, you’ll note some things that got glossed over in the movie. Like the fact that Seabiscuit was bigger than War Admiral.

Why let facts get in the way of a great story? 😉

Anyway, the stamp reportedly will be available on or before the May 11 postal change.

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  • maggie van ostrand
    February 26, 2009

    This is a huge thrill for us. We started the grassroots campaign to get the Biscuit on a stamp way back in 2001 after the great Hillenbrand book was published.

    I met a pharmacist who was as enthusiastic as I was about getting a stamp.
    Together with people like a sportscaster in New Orleans, a landscape architect in Boston, a soy bean farmer in Arkansas, a Kentucky lady who cans hams for Hormel, I did some television appearances and wrote a few articles (notably for the Chicago Tribune) and putting the petition on my website and information on the petition on Laura Hillenbrand’s website, we succeeded, against all odds.

    We had no fancy lobbyist, just ordinary people.

    Sure it took 8 years but WE DID IT!!!!!!!!

    Thanks for covering this historic event for all those who love winning against the odds.

    Go Biscuit!
    Maggie van Ostrand

    • rhond7
      February 26, 2009

      Yay!! A big “thank you” from us horse lovers to you and all the “regular folks” who got the stamp made. We love to see horses — historic, famous and also-rans — recognized and celebrated. Great work!

  • Nicole
    March 1, 2009

    What an amazing story Maggie! I can’t to bug my local post office until they get me one 🙂

  • maggie van ostrand
    March 2, 2009

    There’s also a Seabiscuit pre-stamped envelope, a Forever envelope!, that will be coming out at the same time — May 2009.

    USPS says we can order either or both about mid-April.

    The Biscuit could not have come back at a better time! We as a nation are about as depressed economically as we were when he ran the first time.

    If only on a stamp and an envelope, the Biscuit runs again!!!!!

  • rhond7
    March 4, 2009

    I agree. The timing is significant, even though I know that it had been in the works for a while.

  • Patricia Diers
    May 23, 2009

    Well there is no stamp, but stamped envelopes, which I don’t use.
    I only use stamps for some bills and to send cards.
    This stinks, I thought there would be 44c stamps to buy

    • rhond7
      May 27, 2009

      I was under that impression, too, Patricia. Everything I’d read prior to the release was about “Seabiscuit stamps.” I felt a little perturbed when I saw that it was stamped envelopes, too.

  • maggie van ostrand
    May 27, 2009

    I’m also very disappointed, although the people of Willits are thrilled with the envelope and the attention it has brought to their town and Ridgewood Ranch.

    Imagine my surprise yesterday when I was at our local post office and found that USPS now has totally commercialized Seabiscuit stamp and has for sale the following:
    Seabiscuit stamp mouse pad
    Medium size Teddy bear wearing a Seabiscuit stamp T-shirt
    Seabiscuit stamp tote bag
    Box of note paper with Seabiscuit stamp on it.

    I also heard that the envelope is sold out! Perhaps the USPS will now take the hint and let us have the stand-alone stamp that we worked so hard to get for eight long years.

    We can always hope.

  • rhond7
    May 27, 2009

    Thanks for the news, Maggie. I just went over to the website to see that the stuff isn’t up yet. We’ll have to keep asking for it at our local P.O.s. (and keep checking the website.)

  • maggie van ostrand
    May 28, 2009

    Nobody knew anything about all these new things, not even the Seabiscuit Heritage Foundation, or Laura Hillenbrand, or our local post office which got them in yesterday from USPS!

    So keep on asking your post office where they are, because post offices weren’t told.

    Don’t know why our P.O. got them, but I’m awfully glad they did.

    We’ve got to start yelling for them!

    YeeHawwww! Biscuit rides agin~

  • ole tom
    July 12, 2009

    Never rode a horse still have not! After seeing the movie and getting the facts on Seabiscuit i was impressed. I am a seabiscuit fan for sure! Seabiscuit came along just at the right time when america needed something good to happen and it did and his name was seabiscuit who was then and till this day will always be americas favorite horse! When i seen the envelope with seabiscuit on it I told myself biscuit your still Americas no 1. Thank you for all the hard work on the stamp!

    • rhond7
      July 12, 2009

      Yes, Maggie von Ostrand and some fine folks made it all happen! Yay!

  • maggie van ostrand
    July 13, 2009

    Has anybody else bought the Seabiscuit items from their local post office? I’ve got the Seabiscuit mouse pad, the Seabiscuit tote bag, the Seabiscuit note paper & envelopes;and the little Teddy bear who wears the Biscuit T-shirt.

    I think he’s the only one with all these items offered by the U.S.P.S. (in person at the P.O., I don’t know about on their website). Not even Mariyn Monroe or Elvis has that stuff.

    So when are you going to get on a horse Ole Tom?