Alzheimer’s semi-postal (U.S. 2017)

Updated October 11th with information from the Postal Bulletin: However, there is still no design, no date and no first-day city.

The U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp (Nondenominated, First-Class Mail® priced at 60 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 564200). A November release date is anticipated for the stamp; more information will be announced as it becomes available. The Alzheimer’s semipostal stamp will appear in a future edition of the Postal Bulletin and must not be sold before the official first-day-of-issue.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 564200, Alzheimer’s Semipostal (Nondenominated, First-Class Mail priced at 60 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps: Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) will  an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales.

Sales Policy
As has been the case with current and previous semipostal stamp issues, all Post Offices must maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. The stamp is well supported by a variety of organizations and individuals who expect that the stamp will be available at all Post Offices. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder additional quantities using normal ordering procedures.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp
Item Number: 564200
Denomination & Type of Issue: Nondenominated, First-Class Mail (60 cents)
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: TBD
Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Artist: Matt Mahurin
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 500,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper. Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit NC
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 614/Beige, PMS 451/Brown
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 1.085 x 1.42 in./27.56 x 36.07 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.225 x 1.56 in./31.12 x 39.62 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.12 x 7.24 in./180.85 x 183.90 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): N/A
Plate Size: 120 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by six (6) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back: © 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (564200) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

Initial Post on October 3rd:

The U.S. will issue a semi-postal (charity) stamp in November to help fund the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. No date or location was given, nor was the stamp design revealed.

This will be the first of five semi-postal stamps to be issued over the next ten years, with each stamp to be on sale for no more than two years. However, it should be pointed out that the first U.S. semi-postal, for Breast Cancer Awareness (Sc. B1), was also supposed to be on sale for only a limited amount of time, but legislation in Congress has kept it on sale since it was first issued in 1998.

The Alzheimer’s semi-postal will be the sixth issued by the United States, and the first since 2014, when a modified-design version of the first was released. U.S. semipostal stamps are good for first class mail, but currently sell for 60 cents. The additional 11 cents goes to a designated charity.

The U.S. issued an Alzheimer’s Awareness stamp in 2008 as part of its social consciousness program. (Shown above.) However, it was not a semipostal.

Here is the USPS press release:

WASHINGTON — The Semipostal Authorization Act, Pub. L. 106–253, grants the U.S. Postal Service discretionary authority to issue and sell semipostal stamps to advance such causes as it considers to be ‘‘in the national public interest and appropriate.’’ The U.S. Postal Service announced today that in November it will issue the first of five semipostal stamps.

Under the semipostal discretionary program, the Postal Service will issue five stamps over a 10-year period, with each stamp to be sold for no more than two years.

The first stamp issued will be an Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp, followed by a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Semipostal Stamp in 2019. The next three discretionary semipostal stamps have not yet been determined.

The Alzheimer’s Semipostal Stamp will be issued during National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Net proceeds will be distributed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Details on issuance date and location will be provided at a later date.

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than two million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s; today, that number has soared to nearly 5.4 million.

Semipostal stamps, currently sold for 60-cents, are First-Class Mail (FCM) postage stamps that are issued and sold by the Postal Service at a price above the FCM single-piece one-ounce stamp rate (FCM rate) to raise funds for designated causes.

The difference between the FCM rate in effect at the time of purchase and the 60 cent purchase price, minus an amount to offset costs incurred by the Postal Service, if any, is contributed to the specific cause by law.

Under the Semipostal Authorization Act, the Postal Service will consider proposals for future semipostals until seven years after May 20, 2016. The Federal Register notice outlining this program can be found at the following url: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-04-20/pdf/2016-09081.pdf.

Proposals will only be considered if they meet all submission requirements and selection criteria. They may be submitted by mail to the following address:

Office of Stamp Services
Attn: Semipostal Discretionary Program
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260–3501

Suggestions may also be submitted in a single Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) file sent by email to semipostal@usps.gov. Indicate in the Subject Line: Semipostal Discretionary Program.

All postage stamps are available for purchase at Post Offices, online at usps.com, and by toll-free phone order at 1-800 STAMP-24.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

History of Hockey (U.S. & Canada 2017)

Updated October 11th: No design for the U.S. souvenir sheet, but some specifications from the Postal Bulletin.

On October 20, 2017, in Detroit, MI, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue The History of Hockey stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents) in two designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 475500) and a souvenir sheet of two stamps (Item 564600). This is a joint issue with Canada Post, who will issue their stamps on the same day.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 20, 2017.

With the issuance of these two se-tenant stamps, the U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post join in celebrating ice hockey, the fast-paced sport played on frozen ponds and in rinks across North America. One of the issue’s two stamps portrays a modern hockey player skating on a pond in present day. The second stamp pictures a vintage player, who represents the game’s past, set against a snowy background. The pane of 20 stamps includes 10 of each design. The two vertically stacked stamps are arranged to mirror each other. “The History of Hockey” appears in the center of the pane flanked by the flags of the United States and Canada.

The History of Hockey souvenir sheet features a scene that illustrates the evolution of the sport across generations. The selvage area depicts a father teaching his daughter the skills of the game. The scene also includes one of the issue’s two se-tenant stamps, which portrays a modern hockey player. The second stamp pictures a vintage player, who represents the game’s past, set against a snowy background. The two vertically stacked stamps are arranged to mirror each other. “The History of Hockey” appears in the bottom left corner of the sheet under the flags of the United States and Canada. The stamps are identical to those sold as a pane of 20 stamps.

Designed by Subplot Design, Inc., for Canada Post, the artwork on the stamps and souvenir sheet is intended to celebrate and reflect on the history of hockey. K.C. Armstrong was the photographer. Susan Gilson was the art director of the Canadian version of the stamps. William J. Gicker was the art director of the American version of the stamps; Greg Breeding designed the typography.

Available to Post Offices: Item 475500, $9.80 The History of Hockey (Forever priced at 49 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 20 Stamps. Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™.

Not Available to Post Offices: Item 564600, $0.98 The History of Hockey (Forever priced at 49 cents) Commemorative Souvenir Sheet of 2 Stamps. Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices. These stamps will only be available for ordering through The Postal Store® website at usps.com/shop or by phone on our toll-free number at 800-782-6724.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office (for the PSA pane of 20 stamps), at The Postal Store® website at usps.com/shop, or by phone at 800-782-6724. They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – The History of Hockey
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by December 20, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 475506 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $58.80.
  • 475510 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $13.95.
  • 475516 First-Day Cover (set of 2), $1.86.
  • 475521 Digital Color Postmark (set of 2), $3.28.
  • 475524 Framed Art, $39.95.
  • 475530 Ceremony Program, $6.95.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: The History of Hockey Stamps
Item Number: 475500
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail® Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (2 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: October 20, 2017, Detroit, MI 48233
Art Director: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
Art Director: Susan Gilson
Designer: Subplot Design, Inc.
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Photographer: K.C. Armstrong
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 15,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): .84 x 1.42 in/21.34 x 36.07 mm
Overall Size (w x h): .98 x 1.56 in/24.89 x 39.62 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 6.00 x 7.50 in/152.40 x 190.50 mm
Press Sheet Size (w x h): 12.00 x 22.50 in/304.80 x 571.50 mm
Plate Size: 240 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Header: The History of Hockey
Back: ©2017 USPS • USPS Logo • two barcodes (475500) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Souvenir Sheet Technical Specifications:

Issue: The History of Hockey Stamps
Item Number: 564600
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail® Forever
Format: Souvenir Sheet of 2 (2 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: October 20, 2017, Detroit, MI 48233
Art Director: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
Art Director: Susan Gilson
Designer: Subplot Design, Inc.
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Photographer: K.C. Armstrong
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 2
Print Quantity: 500,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): .84 x 1.42 in/21.34 x 36.07 mm
Overall Size (w x h): .98 x 1.56 in/24.89 x 39.62 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 5.12 x 3.54 in/130.05 x 89.92 mm
Plate Size: 60 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal Markings:
Front: Header: The History of Hockey
Back: ©2017 USPS • USPS Logo • one barcode (564600) • Promotional Text

Updated October 5th:

A joint issue is “two countries celebrating their relationship and the unity that bonds them together,” Mary-Anne Penner, Director of Stamp Services for the U.S. Postal Service, told The Virtual Stamp Club. “Hockey is very well-known sport in both places and we both embrace the sport enthusiastically, and it’s a fun subject.”

 

[from the USPS; Canada’s press release and design are below:]
U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post Preview The History of Hockey Joint-Issuance Stamps

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post previewed The History of Hockey stamps that will be dedicated Oct. 20 and available nationwide that day.

Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan will be joined by Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra for the 11 a.m. ET ceremony at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena Belfor Training Center. The event is free and open to the public. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS. Please share the news using the hashtag #HockeyStamps.

“The Postal Service is honored to partner with Canada Post to produce The History of Hockey stamps,” said Brennan. “This sport exemplifies a wonderful tradition of competition and camaraderie between our nations, and these commemorative stamps are a special way to celebrate the game that transcends borders.”

The souvenir sheet, which will be revealed during the Oct. 20 dedication ceremony, features a scene that illustrates the evolution of the sport across generations. The selvage — or area outside of the stamps on the souvenir sheet — depicts a father teaching his daughter how to play hockey on a pond.

The second stamp pictures a vintage player representing the game’s past set against a snowy background. One player is wearing a contemporary uniform and using modern equipment, and the other is wearing vintage garb and using old-fashioned equipment. The two vertically stacked stamps in the souvenir sheet, which are arranged to mirror each other, are identical to those sold also as a pane of 20. “The History of Hockey” appears in the bottom left corner of the sheet under the flags of the United States and Canada.

As Forever stamps, The History of Hockey stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

Designed by Subplot Design Inc., for Canada Post, the artwork on the stamp and stamps is intended to celebrate and reflect on the history of hockey. KC Armstrong of Toronto, ON, shot the photographs. Susan Gilson was the art director of the Canadian version of the stamps. William J. Gicker was the art director of the American version of the stamps

In the 1800s, the sport truly began to take shape in Eastern Canada. By the late 19th century, the game had grown popular in the United States. American Malcolm Greene Chace became interested in the game and assembled a group of players from various universities. In 1896, a team from Yale, which included Chace, faced Johns Hopkins University in the first college hockey game. Soon, professional leagues formed in North America. And today, women’s hockey is thriving. The National Hockey Association began play in 1910 and evolved into the National Hockey League in 1917. In 1924 the Boston Bruins became the first American team to join the National Hockey League.

[from Canada Post:]
History of Hockey stamps celebrate game with deep roots in Canada and the U.S.
Canada Post, United States Postal Service release sixth joint issue

OTTAWA – Today, Canada Post and the United States Postal Service (USPS) previewed a joint stamp issue celebrating the countries’ shared love of hockey, a game firmly rooted in the lore of both nations.

The History of Hockey stamps will be released at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena October 20, 2017 and available nationwide that day.

This is the sixth joint issue for Canada Post and the USPS dating back to 1959, and the first in more than a decade. It’s also their first celebrating a sport.

“The subjects chosen for joint issues highlight how much our nations have in common, and the love of hockey is one of those things,” says Canada Post’s President and CEO Deepak Chopra. “Hockey has captured the imagination of millions in both countries. It stirs a passion that for many borders on obsession, and these stamps celebrate the pure love of the game.”

Almost 1.2 million people in Canada and the United States are registered in minor and adult hockey leagues, and millions more play recreationally on outdoor rinks and ponds. Both countries have men’s and women’s national teams that have medalled at the Olympics and World Championships, and there are more than 100 professional or semi-professional teams in North America, including in the premier National Hockey League, which has expanded successfully into the American sunbelt.

The stamp format is tête-bêche – a joined pair of similar images in which one is upside down – and the design is strong on nostalgia. On an open pond, a player in modern equipment reflects, literally, on the past. Mirrored in the ice beneath him is a player in vintage gear. The imaginative imagery gives a visual sense of looking back through time. The paired images also depict the game’s evolution and its continuing presence in the lives of players and fans alike.

The selvage – or area outside the stamps on the souvenir sheet – depicts a father teaching his daughter how to play on a pond. “History of Hockey” appears on the bottom left corner of the sheet, with the flags of Canada and the United States in the top right-hand corner.

The first joint issue released by the two postal administrations marked the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Since then, they have jointly commemorated the United States Bicentennial (1976), the 50th anniversary of the Peace Bridge (1977), the St Lawrence Seaway’s 25thanniversary (1984) and the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s exploration of the east coast of North America (2006).

About the History of Hockey stamps
Available in a self-adhesive booklet of 10 for $8.50, the two domestic rate PermanentTM stamps measure 26 mm x 40 mm with simulated perforations and are printed in four-colour process plus two special inks. Designed by Roy White of Subplot Design Inc. of Vancouver, the issue features photography by KC Armstrong, with retouching by Brad Pickard, and was printed by Lowe-Martin. The issue also includes a gummed souvenir sheet, featuring a gummed tête-bêche pair. This souvenir sheet also appears on an Official First Day Cover cancelled in Windsor, Ontario. The joint Official First Day Covers feature two tête-bêche pairs, one pair at the Canadian domestic Permanent rate and one at the United States’ Forever domestic rate. The joint cover also features two cancels, one from Detroit, Michigan, and one from Windsor, Ontario.

[en Francaise:]
Les timbres L’histoire du hockey célèbrent ce sport bien ancré au Canada et aux États-Unis
Postes Canada et l’United States Postal Service présentent leur sixième émission conjointe

OTTAWA – Aujourd’hui, Postes Canada et l’United States Postal Service (USPS) ont donné un aperçu de l’émission de timbre conjointe qui célèbre la passion que les deux pays voisins vouent au hockey.

Les timbres L’histoire du hockey seront dévoilés le 20 octobre 2017 au Little Caesars Arena à Detroit et seront mis en vente à l’échelle nationale le même jour.

Il s’agit de la sixième émission conjointe de Postes Canada avec l’USPS depuis 1959, et la première en plus de dix ans. C’est également la première émission conjointe célébrant un sport.

« Nos émissions conjointes visent à souligner les points que nos pays ont en commun, et la passion du hockey en fait certainement partie, affirme le président-directeur général de Postes Canada, Deepak Chopra. Le hockey a su captiver l’esprit de millions de personnes au Canada comme aux États-Unis. Il suscite un enthousiasme sans borne chez de nombreux partisans du sport, et ces timbres veulent célébrer notre passion commune du hockey. »

Près de 1,2 million de personnes au Canada et aux États-Unis sont inscrites dans des ligues mineures ou pour adultes, et des millions d’autres pratiquent le sport de façon récréative, sur des patinoires extérieures ou sur des étangs. Les deux pays ont des équipes nationales féminines et masculines qui ont remporté des médailles lors des Jeux olympiques et des Championnats du monde. On dénombre plus de 100 équipes professionnelles ou semi-professionnelles en Amérique du Nord, y compris dans la célèbre Ligue nationale de hockey, qui a réussi son expansion jusque dans le sud des États-Unis.

Les timbres sont présentés en format tête-bêche : une paire d’images semblables attenantes et dans le sens inverse l’une de l’autre. La conception des vignettes, elle, est empreinte de nostalgie. Sur un étang gelé, un joueur de hockey moderne se reflète sur la glace, qui lui renvoie l’image d’un joueur en habits d’autrefois. Cette représentation imaginaire, tout en exprimant l’idée de rétrospection, suggère l’évolution du sport et sa présence continue dans la vie des joueurs et des partisans.

La marge, ou zone à l’extérieur des timbres sur le bloc-feuillet, montre un père enseignant à sa fille comment jouer au hockey sur la glace d’un étang. Le titre « L’histoire du hockey » figure dans le coin inférieur gauche du feuillet et les drapeaux du Canada et des États-Unis, dans le coin supérieur droit.

La première émission conjointe créée par les deux administrations postales a souligné l’ouverture de la Voie maritime du Saint-Laurent. Depuis, Postes Canada et l’USPS ont lancé des émissions conjointes pour commémorer le Bicentenaire des États-Unis (1976), le 50e anniversaire du pont de la Paix (1977), le 25e anniversaire de la Voie maritime du Saint-Laurent (1984) et le 400e anniversaire de l’exploration de la côte est de l’Amérique du Nord par Samuel de Champlain (2006).

À propos des timbres L’histoire du hockey
Offerts en carnets de 10 timbres autocollants au prix de 8,50 $, les deux timbres PermanentsMC au tarif du régime intérieur mesurent 26 mm sur 40 mm et sont dotés d’une dentelure simulée, et sont imprimés au moyen d’un procédé lithographique en quatre couleurs et avec deux encres spéciales. Conçue par Roy White de Subplot Design Inc. à Vancouver, cette émission a été imprimée par Lowe-Martin. Elle illustre une photographie de KC Armstrong, retouchée par Brad Pickard. L’émission comprend aussi un bloc-feuillet gommé mettant en vedette la paire de timbres attenants et inversés gommés. Ce bloc-feuillet figure également sur le pli Premier Jour officiel oblitéré à Windsor, en Ontario. Les plis Premier Jour officiels conjoints mettent en vedette deux paires de timbres attenants et inversés : un libellé au tarif Permanent du régime intérieur canadien et l’autre libellé au tarif « Forever » du régime intérieur américain. Le PPJO conjoint est également orné de deux cachets d’oblitération : un de Detroit, au Michigan, et l’autre de Windsor, en Ontario.

Announced September 28th:
[USPS press release] (see below for more information)
U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post
to Celebrate the History of Hockey on Stamps

Share the news: #HockeyStamps

WASHINGTON — Attention sports fans — the U.S. Postal Service and Canada Post have jointly created stamps to celebrate the history of ice hockey, the fast-paced sport played on frozen ponds and in rinks across North America and around the world.

Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan will be joined by Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra for an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI, on Oct. 20 to dedicate The History of Hockey stamps. The event is free and open to the public. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view the ceremony live at facebook.com/USPS.

The stamp images will be previewed at a later date.

In the 1800s, the sport truly began to take shape in Eastern Canada. By the late 19th century, the game had grown popular in the United States. American Malcolm Greene Chace became interested in the game and assembled a group of players from various universities. In 1896, a team from Yale, which included Chace, faced Johns Hopkins University in the first college hockey game. Soon, professional leagues formed in North America. And today, women’s hockey is thriving. The National Hockey Association began play in 1910 and evolved into the National Hockey League in 1917. In 1924 the Boston Bruins became the first American team to join the National Hockey League.

The National Hockey League was established in November 1917 with four Canadian teams. Its first U.S. team was the Boston Bruins in 1924. Teams in both countries came and went until there were just six teams for the 1942-43 season: The Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston. These “Original Six” were the only NHL teams for 25 years.

These stamps are different than the six stamps issued by Canada on September 27th, described here. This will be a joint issue.

This issue was not previously announced for either country’s 2017 stamp program.

LA-Area Ceremony for Sharks August 10th

Information courtesy collector Michael Joseph Luzzi:

There will be a SHARKS Forever stamp ceremony at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific on Thursday, August 10th at 9:30 AM. The address is 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

The ceremony event is free and open to the public. However, this is not free admission to the Aquarium or the special exhibits. The $5 coupon that you will receive when you check in can be put toward admission should you desire to spend the day there.

www.aquariumofpacific.org for info about the various prices of admission. There are many things going on and each has a separate cost attached to it.

Also, the parking is $8 with the Aquarium validation so don’t forget to have the parking ticket validated.

Please RSVP ASAP TODAY with USPS L.A. Retail (323)586-1476.

Please arrive early if you will be attending this ceremony. You should be in place inside the Aquarium by 9 AM.

Brenda Coronado, the L.A. USPS Retail Manager advised me that there will be a Red Round Dater for 90802 in addition to the field pictorial.

Only SHARK stamps will be available for purchase at this event. If you want to purchase USPS SHARK product on which you can put the special Field Pictorial, I suggest you buy these items at your local post office. Also, you can buy the stamps and affix them beforehand to speed up the canceling process and make the event easier for you.

The participants might not sit to sign programs after the ceremony. That hasn’t been decided as yet.

Disney Villains (U.S. 2017)

Updated July 7, 2017: The Scott Catalogue numbers for this issue are

5213 (49¢) Disney Villains – The Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
5214 (49¢) Disney Villains – Honest John from Pinocchio
5215 (49¢) Disney Villains – Lady Tremaine from Cinderella
5216 (49¢) Disney Villains – Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland
5217 (49¢) Disney Villains – Captain Hook from Peter Pan
5218 (49¢) Disney Villains – Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty
5219 (49¢) Disney Villains – Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians
5220 (49¢) Disney Villains – Ursula from The Little Mermaid
5221 (49¢) Disney Villains – Gaston from Beauty and the Beast
5222 (49¢) Disney Villains – Scar from The Lion King
a. Block of 10, #5213-5222

Updated July 7, 2017:
On July 15, 2017, in Anaheim, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Disney Villains stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in ten designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 475400). The Disney Villains $9.80 pane of 20 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually. The stamps will go on sale nationwide July 15, 2017.

This issuance celebrates the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department with a pane of 20 stamps showcasing 10 classic Disney villains: Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Honest John (Pinocchio), Cruella De Vil (One Hundred and One Dalmatians), Captain Hook (Peter Pan), the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland), Lady Tremaine (Cinderella), Ursula (The Little Mermaid), the Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast), and Scar (The Lion King). The selvage area features the Queen from Snow White standing in front of an ornate background. The reverse side of the pane includes drawings of the 10 characters and a quote by each one. Art Director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, working closely with Disney Creative Director David Pacheco and the team at the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department, designed these stamps using new art created for the issuance.

Stamp Fulfillment Services has completed an automatic push distribution to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Disney Villains Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by September 15, 2017. Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 475406, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $58.80
  • 475410 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (random cover), $11.95
  • 475416 First-Day Cover (set of 10), $9.30
  • 475421 Digital Color Postmark (set of 10), $16.40
  • 475430 Ceremony Program, $6.95
  • 475433 Panel, $17.95
  • 475466 Notecards (set of 20), $15.95

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Disney Villains Stamps
Item Number: 475400
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail®, Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (10 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: July 15, 2017, Anaheim, CA 92803
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Artist: Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 60,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Gloss Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 7687C Purple
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 1.085 x 1.420 in/27.56 x 36.07 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.225 x 1.56 in/31.12 x 39.62 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.12 x 9.45 in/180.85 x 240.03 mm
Press Sheet Size (w x h): 22.235 x 19.025/564.77 x 483.24 mm
Plate Size: 120 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by five (5) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Header: DISNEY VILLAINS – from the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department
Back: ©2017 USPS • USPS Logo • Barcode (475400) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text • Line Drawing and quote for each character • Disney Logo • Disney proprietary information

Updated July 6, 2017: There are 10 Digital Color Postmarks for this issue, one for each stamp, but any of the DCPs may be used for any of the stamps! There is also a B&W hand cancel and a “special” postmark that local post offices may use. Here are the designs: “Alice in Wonderland” measures 2.87″ x 1.47″.“Cinderella” measures 2.99″ x 1.10″.“Lion King” measures 2.97″ x 1.32″.“Peter Pan” measures 2.73″ x 1.48″.“Sleeping Beauty” measures 2.99″ x 1.15″.“Beauty and the Beast” measures 2.99″ x 1.32″.“101 Dalmatians” measures 2.94″ x 1.37″.“Little Mermaid” measures 2.98″ x 1.47″.“Pinocchio” measures 2.69″ x 1.32″.“Snow White” measures 2.97″ x 1.44″.The B&W postmark measures 2.57″ x 1.23.”.The “special” postmark measures 3.00″ x 1.27″.

Updated July 5, 2017:
According to the USPS web-store listing for this item, “the selvage area features the Queen from Snow White standing in front of an ornate background. The reverse side of the sheet includes drawings of the 10 characters and a quote by each one.”

Maleficent: “You poor simple fools! Thinking you could defeat me, me, the Mistress of All Evil!”

Honest John: “If we play our cards right, we’ll be on easy street, or my name isn’t Honest John!”

Cruella De Vil: “So, they thought they could outwit Cruella.”

Captain Hook: “Blast that Peter Pan!”

Queen of Hearts: “Off with their heads!”

We’re not told if there are quotes for the remaining three characters, Scar, Gaston and Snow White‘s Queen.

Thanks to Richard Wierzbowski for the tip.

[USPS press release]
Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department to be Celebrated on Forever Stamps Featuring Disney Villains

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the rich legacy of the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department by dedicating a sheet of 20 Forever stamps featuring 10 classic Disney villains.

The Disney Villains Forever stamps will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. PDT July 15, during D23 Expo 2017, Disney’s ultimate fan event at the Anaheim Convention Center, Center Stage. The public is encouraged to share the news on social media using the hashtag #DisneyVillainsStamps. Beginning June 22, the stamps may be pre-ordered at usps.com/shop for delivery shortly after the July 15 issuance.

Admission is limited to the ceremony that is standing room only. You may RSVP at www.usps.com/disney; however, this does not guarantee admission. Additional instructions will be provided. D23 Expo 2017 ticket holders do not need to RSVP. Each stamp showcases one of 10 classic Disney villains against a blue background: the Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Honest John (Pinocchio), Lady Tremaine (Cinderella), the Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland), Captain Hook (Peter Pan); and Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty), Cruella De Vil (One Hundred and One Dalmatians), Ursula (The Little Mermaid), Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) and Scar (The Lion King).

The words “USA” and “Forever” appear in the top right corner or bottom right corner of each stamp and the name of the classic villain and the movie in which the character appears runs along the left edge.

The Art of Animation
Beginning in 1923, Disney’s Ink & Paint Department helped create classic animated films. Its artists brought life to countless memorable characters, including many iconic Disney villains.

One of the first groups of its kind, Disney’s Ink & Paint Department was yet another stop on the road to creating an animated film. After the animators’ pencil drawings were finished, they went to Ink and Paint. There, highly specialized artists meticulously recreated each pencil line in ink, capturing every nuanced movement and expression. At first, artists used black and white, and later shades of gray to “color” each celluloid or cel. In the early 1930s, the artists began using rich colors on the animation cels.

The last full-length animated Disney film to use the hand-painted cel process was The Little Mermaid (1989). Beauty and the Beast (1991) and The Lion King (1994) were hand drawn. The original pencil drawings for those films were then scanned and painted digitally. For these stamps, the characters Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) and Scar (The Lion King) have been recreated using traditional ink and paint techniques.

Art director Derry Noyes of Washington, DC, designed the issuance.

The Disney Villains from the Walt Disney Studios Ink & Paint Department stamps are being issued as Forever stamps that are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail service one-ounce price.

Total Eclipse (U.S. 2017)

Updated May 29th:

Issue: Total Eclipse of the Sun Stamp
Item Number: 475300
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever®
Format: Pane of 16 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: June 20, 2017, Laramie, WY 82072
Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Existing Photos: Fred Espenak
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74, ABG Digicon Series 2
Stamps per Pane: 16
Print Quantity: 60 million stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit NC
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Thermochromic/Black
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 1.085 x 1.085 in./27.56 x 27.56 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.225 x 1.225 in./31.12 x 31.12 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 6.00 x 6.00 in./152.40 x 152.40 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 12.00 x 24.50 in./304.8 x 622.30 mm
Plate Size: 128 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in two corners of pane
Back: © 2017 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (475300) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • 1 map, “Track of the Total Solar Eclipse Across the United States, August 21, 2017” • Promotional text

Updated May 12th:
On June 20, 2017, in Laramie, WY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps (Item 475300). The $7.84 Total Eclipse of the Sun pane of 16 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually. The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 20, 2017.

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be visible to millions of Americans as it sweeps a narrow path across parts of the entire country. The U.S. Postal Service anticipates this rare event with a stamp celebrating the majesty of total solar eclipses. A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Moon completely blocks the visible solar disk from view, casting a shadow on the Earth. The image on the Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp shows a total solar eclipse that was seen over Jalu, Libya, in 2006.

The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is the first U.S. stamp to use thermochromic ink, which reacts to the heat of your touch. Placing your finger over the black disc on the stamp causes the ink to change from black to clear to reveal an underlying image of the moon. The image reverts back to the black disc once it cools. The back of the stamp pane shows a map of the eclipse path. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with existing photographs taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales.

Special Dedication Postmarks:
Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Total Eclipse of the Sun Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by August 20, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 475306 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $62.72
  • 475310 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $9.95
  • 475316 First-Day Cover, $0.93
  • 475321 Digital Color Postmark, $1.64
  • 475329, Protective Sleeve, $0.25
  • 475330 Ceremony Program, $6.95
  • 475333 American Commemorative Collectible Panel, $10.95

Technical Specifications are not yet available.

April 27th:

According to a USPS spokesman, this “cool” “first of its kind” issue is a “Forever Stamp that turns into TWO images from the heat of your finger!” The stamp will be issued June 20

[press release]
Total Eclipse of the Sun to be commemorated on a Forever Stamp
One Stamp: Two Images

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service will soon release [June 20] a first-of-its-kind stamp that changes when you touch it. The Total Solar Eclipse Forever stamp, which commemorates the August 21 eclipse, transforms into an image of the Moon from the heat of a finger. The public is asked to share the news on social media using the hashtag #EclipseStamps.

Tens of millions of people in the United States hope to view this rare event, which has not been seen on the U.S. mainland since 1979. The eclipse will travel a narrow path across the entire country for the first time since 1918. The path will run west to east from Oregon to South Carolina and will include portions of 14 states.

The June 20, 1:30 p.m. MT First-Day-of-Issue ceremony will take place at the Art Museum of the University of Wyoming (UW) in Laramie. The University is celebrating the summer solstice on June 20. Prior to the event, visitors are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 a.m. to witness a unique architectural feature where a single beam of sunlight shines on a silver dollar embedded in the floor, which occurs at noon on the summer solstice in the UW Art Museum’s Rotunda Gallery. The back of the stamp pane provides a map of the August 21 eclipse path and times it may appear in some locations. Visit NASA’s website to view detailed maps of the eclipse’s path.

Thermochromic Ink
The stamp image is a photograph taken by astrophysicist Fred Espenak, aka Mr. Eclipse, of Portal, AZ, that shows a total solar eclipse seen from Jalu, Libya, on March 29, 2006.

In the first U.S. stamp application of thermochromic ink, the Total Solar Eclipse stamps will reveal a second image. Using the body heat of your thumb or fingers and rubbing the eclipse image will reveal an underlying image of the Moon (Espenak also took the photograph of the Full Moon). The image reverts back to the eclipse once it cools.

Thermochromic inks are vulnerable to UV light and should be kept out of direct sunlight as much as possible to preserve this special effect. To help ensure longevity, the Postal Service will be offering a special envelope to hold and protect the stamp pane for a nominal fee.

A total eclipse of the Sun occurs when the Moon completely blocks the visible solar disk from view, casting a shadow on Earth. The 70-mile-wide shadow path of the eclipse, known as the “path of totality,” will traverse the country diagonally, appearing first in Oregon (mid-morning local time) and exiting some 2,500 miles east and 90 minutes later off the coast of South Carolina (mid-afternoon local time).

A total solar eclipse provides us with the only chance to see the Sun’s corona — its extended outer atmosphere — without specialized instruments. During the total phase of an eclipse the corona appears as a gossamer white halo around the black disk of the Moon, resembling the petals of a flower reaching out into space.

Art director Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, designed the stamp.

The Total Eclipse of the Sun stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp, which is always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Strawberries (U.S. 2017)

Updated July 3rd: The Scott catalogue number for this issue is 5201.

Updated April 27th: You can now order a strip of 500, SKU #760315, $15.00.

Updated April 17th: Here is the pictorial first-day postmark for this issue: It measures 2.89″ x 1.31″.

Updated March 31st:
On May 5, 2017, in Acton, MA, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the 3-cent Strawberries stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 10,000 stamps (Item 760300). The stamp will go on sale nationwide May 5, 2017.

In 2017, the U.S. Postal Service will issue Strawberries, a new 3-cent definitive stamp featuring an illustration of three ripe, red strawberries surrounded by leaves and hulls, and three smaller green strawberries in various stages of growth. A small white flower from the strawberry plant completes the picture. Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp using an existing illustration by John Burgoyne, created with pen, ink, and watercolor.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. Each cover must have sufficient postage to meet First-Class Mail requirements. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI — Strawberries Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by July 5, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 760316 First-Day Cover, $0.96

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Strawberries Stamp
Item Number: 760300
Denomination & Type of Issue: 3-cent Denominated, Mail Use
Format: Coil of 10,000 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: May 5, 2017, Acton, MA 01720
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Existing Photos: John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Coil: 10,000
Print Quantity: 200,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 594 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 27th stamp below stamp image

From the USPS March 24th:

The Strawberries 3-cent stamp will be available in coils of 10,000 when issued May 5. It features an illustration of three ripe, red strawberries surrounded by leaves and hulls adjacent to three smaller, green strawberries in various stages of growth. A small white flower from the strawberry plant completes the picture. Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp using an existing illustration by John Burgoyne. The first-day-of-issue will be in Acton, MA.

[May 5 is the first day of Philatelic Show in Boxborough, Mass., approximately 5 miles from Acton.—VSC]

Green Succulent Global Forever (U.S. 2017)

Updated June 5th: The Scott catalogue number for this issue, which the Scott editors call “Echeveria Plant,” is 5198.

Updated April 19th:
Technical Specifications:

Item Number: 564500
Denomination & Type of Issue: Forever® International Rate
Format: Pane of 10 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: April 28, 2017, San Francisco, CA 94188
Art Director: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Erika Kirkpatrick, Laguna Niguel, CA
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 10
Print Quantity: 100,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS Cool Gray 7C
Stamp Orientation: Round
Image Area (w x h): 1.20 x 1.20 in./30.48 x 30.48 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.41 x 1.41 in./35.81 x 35.81 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 8.50 x 4.09 in./215.90 x 103.89 mm
Plate Size: 180 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by five (5) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back: ©2017 USPS • USPS Logo • Barcode (564500) on each stamp • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Updated April 17th: Here is the Digital Color Postmark for this issue: It measures 2.97” x 1.23″.

Updated March 31st:
On April 28, 2017, in San Francisco, CA, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Green Succulent Global Forever International rate stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 564500). The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 28, 2017.

Green Succulent is a new Global Forever International rate stamp, which can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country where First-Class Mail International service is available. The stamp features a photograph of an Echeveria, a succulent native to the Americas. The art director was William J. Gicker. Greg Breeding designed the stamp using an existing photograph by Erika Kirkpatrick.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI — Green Succulent Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by June 28, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 564510 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $13.95
  • 564516 First-Day Cover, $1.59
  • 564521 Digital Color Postmark, $2.30

Technical Specifications will follow in two weeks.

From the USPS, March 24th:

The Green Succulent Global Forever international rate stamp will be available in panes of 10 stamps to be issued April 28. It can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country where First-Class Mail International service is available. The stamp features a photograph of an echeveria, a succulent native to the Americas. William J. Gicker was the art director and Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Erika Kirkpatrick. The first-day-of-issue will be in San Francisco.

[April 28 is the first day of WESTPEX stamp show in San Francisco —VSC]

Lili’uokalani Gardens Priority Mail Envelope (U.S. 2017)

Updated March 11th: The Scott catalogue number for this issue is U695.

On January 22, 2017, in Kansas City, MO, the Postal Service issued a new Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope (Item 232700). The new product is an accountable item and features the $6.65 Lili’uokalani Gardens stamp image printed directly on the envelope along with standard Priority Mail graphics.

The prepaid envelope seeks to enhance customer convenience and improve access to USPS® services by saving time and simplifying transactions. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

The envelope is available through The Postal Store® website at www.usps.com/shop, by calling 800–782–6724, and in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. It is not available in Post Offices at this time.

There is one philatelic product for this stamp issue:
232716 Prepaid Priority Mail Flat-Rate Stamped Envelope First-Day Cover, $7.09.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Lili’uokalani Gardens Prepaid Priority Mail Flat-Rate Stamped Envelope
Item Number: 232700
Denomination & Type of Issue: $6.65 Prepaid Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope
Issue Date & City: January 22, 2017, Kansas City, MO 64108
Art Director, Designer, Typographer Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Artist Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL
Manufacturing Process: Flexography
Printer: Bell, Inc.
Printed at: Bell, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD
Press Type: Stevens
Print Quantity: 648,000
Paper Type: 12-point, clay-coated newsback
Colors: Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, PMS 294 (Blue), PMS 485 (Red), Varnish
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.59375 x 1.25 in./40.48 x 31.75 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 9.5 x 12.5 in. (envelope)
Catalog Item Number(s):

  • 232705, Regular Issue Envelope(5/pack), $33.25.
  • 232710, Regular Issue Envelope(10/pack), $66.50.
  • 232725, Regular Issue Envelope(25/pack), $166.25.
  • 232716, First-Day Cover, $7.09.

10-Cent Pears (U.S. 2017)

Updated January 5, 2017: The USPS says a version or versions of this stamp will be issued March 23rd in Cleveland at the Garfield-Perry March Party stamp show. There is no word on the format or formats.

Updated February 17, 2017:
On March 23, 2017, in Cleveland, OH, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the 10-cent denominated Pears stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 111500). The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 23, 2017.

Originally issued in 2016 in a coil format, Pears, a 10-cent definitive stamp featuring two red pears on a white background, is being offered in 2017, in panes of 20. The stamp art is an existing illustration by John Burgoyne, who created the original artwork with pen and ink and watercolor. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. Each cover must have sufficient postage to meet First-Class Mail requirements. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at http://www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. Cutomers must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Pears Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by May 23, 2017.

There is one philatelic product for this stamp issue:

  • 111516 First-Day Cover, $1.03

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Pears Stamp
Item Number: 111500
Denomination & Type of Issue: 10-cent Denominated, Mail Use
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: March 23, 2017, Cleveland, OH 44101
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Existing Art: John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint – USPS
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 150,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC
Colors: Warm Gray 4/Gray, PMS 7619 Red, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./21.10 x 24.89 mm
Full Pane Size
(w x h): 5.30 x 4.88 in./134.62 x 123.95 mm
Plate Size: 400 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by six (6) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back: © 2015 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (111500) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

Here is the pictorial first-day postmark for this issue: It measures 2.59″ x 1.34″

Patriotic Nonprofit (U.S. 2017)

Updated April 3rd: The Scott Catalogue number for this issue is 5172.

Updated January 27th: Here is the pictorial first-day postmark for this issue: It measures 2.36” x 1.40″.

Updated January 18th:
On February 10, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Patriotic Nonprofit nondenominated, nonprofit organization stamp (5-cent value), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 3,000 stamps (Item 755100), and a PSA coil of 10,000 stamps (Item 760200).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 10, 2017.

Patriotic Nonprofit, the new nondenominated, nonprofit-price stamp, showcases the letters “USA” in blue, accompanied by a bright red star on a white background with a blue border. To create the new design, the 2016 USA stamp art was rendered slightly smaller to accommodate the blue border. Intended for bulk mailings by authorized nonprofit organizations, this stamp will be issued in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 stamps. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with Leslie Badani.

Item 755100 Patriotic Nonprofit (Nondenominated priced at 5 cents) PSA Coil of 3,000
Item 760200 Patriotic Nonprofit (Nondenominated priced at 5 cents) PSA Coil of 10,000

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. Each cover must have sufficient postage to meet First-Class Mail requirements. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store website at http://www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Patriotic Nonprofit Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by April 10, 2017.

There are no philatelic products for the coil of 3,000 stamps.
There is one philatelic product for the coil of 10,000 stamps:

  • 760216 First-Day Cover, $0.98

Technical Specifications – Coil of 3,000:

Issue: Patriotic Nonprofit Stamp
Item Number: 755100
Denomination & Type of Issue: Nondenominated Nonprofit (5-cent value)
Format: Coil of 3,000, 1 design
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: February 10, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Leslie Badani, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Leslie Badani, Alexandria, VA
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint – USPS
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Coil: 3,000
Print Quantity: 105,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: PMS 286 Blue C, PMS 199 Red C, PMS 429 Grey C
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in/18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in/22.10 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 594 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by three (3) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 27th stamp below stamp image

Technical Specifications – Coil of 10,000:

Issue: Patriotic Nonprofit Stamp
Item Number: 760200
Denomination & Type of Issue: Nondenominated Nonprofit (5-cent value)
Format: Coil of 10,000, 1 design
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: February 10, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Leslie Badani, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Leslie Badani, Alexandria, VA
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint – USPS
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Coil: 10,000
Print Quantity: 2,000,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: PMS 286 Blue C, PMS 199 Red C, PMS 429 Grey C
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in/18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in/22.10 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 594 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by three (3) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 27th stamp below stamp image

Updated January 5th: This stamp will be issued February 10th in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The ASDA is holding a stamp show there that day.

from the USPS December 28, 2016:

Patriotic Nonprofit, the new non-denominated, nonprofit-price stamp, showcases the letters “USA” in blue, accompanied by a bright red star on a white background with a blue border. To create the new design, the 2016 USA stamp art was rendered slightly smaller to accommodate the blue border. Intended for bulk mailings by authorized nonprofit organizations, this stamp will be issued in coils of 10,000. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the 2017 Patriotic Nonprofit stamp using the 2016 USA stamp art he designed with Leslie Badani.