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Germany prints victory stamps before WCup final

In the lick of time: Late goal spares Germany from pulping 5 million World Cup victory stamps
Posted on July 14, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 14, 2014 at 12:00 p.m.

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Deutsche Post AG took a gamble on the outcome of the World Cup final — and it paid off.

Before the match even began the former state monopoly had printed five million stamps commemorating Germany’s fourth World Cup title after 1954, 1974 and 1990.

Had Germany lost to Argentina, the stamps would have had to be pulped.

The two 0.60 cents ($0.82) stamps were presented Monday, just hours after Mario Goetze’s late goal in extra time sealed Germany’s 1-0 victory.

The stamps were ordered by Germany’s Finance Ministry, which holds 21 percent of Deutsche Post’s shares through the state-owned KfW bank.




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 In this Thursday, July 17, 2014 photo construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill. The state jobless rate has dropped for four straight months and is at its lowest point since October 2008. Illinois has lagged the country as a whole in its recovery from recession, and the state's unemployment rate has been among the worst in the country for months. Thursday's report provides signs that Illinois may be starting to catch up. Construction companies added 3,500 jobs in June, an increase of 1.8 percent. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Updated on July 20, 2014 at 11:14 a.m.
 Germany's Toni Kroos (18) rises above Argentina's Lionel Messi (10) to head the ball during the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Updated on July 17, 2014 at 3:52 a.m.
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