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Would Ripken be good choice for new U.S. stamp?

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Cal Ripken Jr., the Hall of Fame former Orioles shortstop, is right up there with President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Billy Graham, Steve Jobs, Jerry Lewis and Bill Clinton on a list of those being considered for the first postage stamp to honor a living or recently deceased American, according to The Washington Post's Federal Eye blog by Ed O'Keefe.

The list is based on recommendations received through regular mail. The leader among nominees suggested through social media is Lady Gaga, according to the blog post.

In September, the U.S. Postal Service announced that it is dropping a rule requiring that an individual be deceased at least five years before being honored on a stamp. Under the new guidelines, living or recently deceased individuals will be eligible, according to the postal service's news release.

“This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy the honor,” Patrick Donahoe, postmaster general, said in the news release.

You can nominate people you would like to see on stamps through Facebook and Twitter, or you can mail your top five suggestions to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee, c/o Stamp Development, Room 3300, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC 20260-3501.

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