AL post offices offer Iron Bowl collectibles

BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Iron Bowl, the annual grudge match between two fabled rivals, is fast approaching. To mark the 75th anniversary of the showdown, the U.S. Postal Service is offering a unique way to celebrate and remember the day. (Or, perhaps mourn, depending on who wins).

On game day, Friday, November 26, an unusual collectible will be available at the Tuscaloosa Main Post Office, as well as the Tuscaloosa University Station and the Auburn Post Office.

Three mementos will be offered. Each features an elegant design printed on silk, and custom postage stamps bearing the proud colors of the two rivals: crimson and white; blue and orange.

Those who dare can be one of a very few laying claim to a memento representing both teams. Called "The House Divided," this clash of colors is likely to arouse the emotions (and the interest) of many on both sides.

However, those with uncompromised allegiances, who admit no acknowledgement whatever of the opposing team, can select a memento featuring only the team of their choice.

The number minted for the day of the game is small. However, the memento featuring the stamp of the victor will be offered at most Alabama Post Offices about two weeks after the game.

Colorfully printed on silk applied to high-quality, linen weave envelopes, the cost for each stamped cachet is $10.

This special, limited edition collectible is expected to sell out quickly. And, say Postal officials, once they're gone, they're gone.