|Stamp Name||XXXIV Baseball World Cup Taipei 2001 Commemorative Issue|
|Stamp Cat Standard||Commemorative Stamps|
|Dimension of stamps(mm.)||40 x 30 (mm)|
|Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)||120 x 85 (mm)|
|Printer||China Color Printing Co., Inc., R.O.C.|
|Sheet composition||20 ( 5 x 4 )
|Process||Deep etch offset|
|Paper||Phosphorescent stamp paper
|Perforation||11 1/2 x 11|
To help revive the sport of baseball in our country, President Chen has specially designated 2001 as Taiwan Baseball Year. To demonstrate the government's commitment to the promotion of baseball, Taiwan is holding three big international games this year. The games are the 21st Asia Baseball Tournament in March, the 4th Asia AAA Championship in August and the 34th Baseball World Cup in November. The latter will be the first international adult baseball games ever held in Taiwan, and 16 countries from around the world are sending teams. Since it is also the first "world cup" for baseball held during the 21st century, it is highly significant. To help expand the scope of "sports diplomacy," the Directorate is issuing a set of four stamps, "XXXIV Baseball World Cup Taipei 2001 Commemorative Issue." Each of the four stamps will feature a different figure from the baseball diamond, including a pitcher, a batter, a catcher and a sliding base runner. The stamps will be released on October 30, 2001. Two will have denominations of NT$5.00, one a denomination of NT$12.00, and the last a denomination of NT$20.00. The stamps have been painted by Mr. Lee Kuang-chi, the staff painter for the Directorate General of Posts, and are being printed in color deep-etch offset by China Color Printing Co., Ltd.
First-day covers, folders with and without crystal mounts and loose-leaf album pages will be released along with the stamps. These will go on sale October 26, 2001. Pre-cancelled FDCs with the full set of stamps or with just one lower-value stamp, as well as postage stamps pictorials, will go on sale October 30, 2001, the stamps' date of issue. For further information, please refer to the upcoming Philatelic Bulletin or Postal Service Today.
(1)First Day Cover in small size to be sold at NT$2apiece.
First Day Cover in large size to be sold at NT$3apiece.
(2)Folder especially prepared for the stamps to be sold at NT$5apiece.
(3)Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the stamps to be sold at NT$5apiece.
Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the souvenir sheet to be sold at NT$8 apiece.
(4)Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$16apiece .
(5)Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a low-valued stamp to be sold at NT$7apiece.
(6) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a complete set of stamps to be sold at NT$45 apiece.
(7) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a souvenir sheet to be sold at NT$44 apiece.
(8) "XXXIV Baseball World Cup Taipei 2001" postage stamps pictorial will be sold at NT$200.00 apiece. This Directorate specially commissioned Mr. Lee Kuang-Chi, the original painter of the postage stamps, to handle the plan of this pictorial. A total of 30,000 copies will be published jointly with the stamps. Each copy will consist of the following details: (1) one set with 4 stamps of the commemorative issue; (2) 1 souvenir sheet; (3) 2 commemorative cards specially arranged for the A & B groups of the teams based on game schedule for both signatures and cancellations and (4) 4 postal cards, which can be torn apart. Chinese and English interpretations together with relative pictures will be used vividly to describe the history of baseball, its development in our country, the development history of baseball world cup and the process that our country hosts the world championship competition. This pictorial offers a great opportunity for the stamp collectors to catch the magnificent sight of baseball game for the first time in the 21st century. It is certainly suitable for both gifts and collectibles.