Azulillo stamped card (U.S. 2017)

Updated July 7th:
On August 11, 2017, in Independence, OH, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Azulillo stamped card Forever® priced at 38 cents (34-cent postage + 4-cent surcharge) in one design.

The U.S. Postal Service issues the Azulillo stamped card for 2017 featuring an illustration of a Chilean blue crocus (Tecophilaea cyanocrocus) from pre-existing artwork by famed illustrator and designer Dugald Stermer (1936-2011). His penciled calligraphy under the flower indicates one of its common names, azulillo, which loosely translated from Spanish means “little blue thing,” with its botanical name above. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamped card.

The Azulillo stamped card will be available in the following formats:

  • Single-cut cards (Item 250000)
  • Double-reply cards (Item 250400)
  • Sheet of 40 cards (Item 250500)

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 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 – Azulillo Stamped Card
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 October 11, 2017.

Philatelic products for the stamped cards are as follows:
Single-cut

  • 250016 First-Day Cover, $0.50

Double-reply

  • 250416 First-Day Cover, $0.88

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Azulillo Stamped Card
Item Number: 250000
Denomination & Type of Issue: Forever Stamped Card Rate
Format: Single-cut Card
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: August 11, 2017, Independence, OH 44131
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Existing Art: Dugald Stermer
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Heidelberg, Speedmaster
Print Quantity: 3,840,000 stamped cards

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Azulillo Stamped Card
Item Number: 250400
Denomination & Type of Issue: Forever Stamped Card Rate
Format: Double-reply Card
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: August 11, 2017, Independence, OH 44131
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Existing Art: Dugald Stermer
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Print Quantity: 288,000 double-cut cards
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied
Adhesive Type: N/A
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Image Orientation: Horizontal
Card Size (w x h): 5.5 x 7.0 in/139.70 x 177.80 mm
Plate Size: 12 cards per revolution
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal Markings: ©2016 USPS • Recycling Logo
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied
Adhesive Type: N/A
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Image Orientation: Horizontal
Card Size (w x h): 5.5 x 3.5 in/139.70 x 88.90 mm
Plate Size: 40 cards per revolution
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal Markings: ©2016 USPS • Recycling Logo

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Azulillo Stamped Card
Item Number: 250500
Denomination & Type of Issue: Forever Stamped Card Rate
Format: Sheet of 40 Cards
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: August 11, 2017, Independence, OH 44131
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Existing Art: Dugald Stermer
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Heidelberg, Speedmaster
Print Quantity: 4,000 sheets of 40 cards
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied
Adhesive Type: N/A
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Image Orientation: Horizontal
Card Size (w x h): 5.5 x 3.5 in/139.70 x 88.90 mm
Plate Size: 40 cards per revolution
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal Markings: ©2016 USPS • Recycling Logo

Updated July 6th: There is a pictorial B&W first-day postmark for this issue: It measures 2.9″ x 1.12″. In addition, there will also be a show pictorial for Americover.

Updated March 13th: The USPS says this stamped card will be issued August 11 in Independence, Ohio. That would coincide with the first day of Americover 2017, the annual show and convention of the American First Day Cover Society.

from the USPS December 28, 2016:

The U.S. Postal Service issues a new stamped card for 2017 featuring an illustration of a Chilean blue crocus (Tecophilaea cyanocrocus) from pre-existing artwork by illustrator and designer Dugald Stermer (1936–2011). His penciled calligraphy under the flower indicates one of its common names azulillo — loosely translated from Spanish, it means “little blue thing”— with its botanical name above. The Chilean blue crocus is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones seven to nine. It generally flowers in February or March in North America. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamped card.

Oscar de la Renta (U.S. 2017)

Updated April 3rd: The Scott Catalogue numbers for this issue are

5173 Oscar de la Renta pane of 11
a. (49¢) Photograph of Oscar de la Renta
b. (49¢) Bright pink and gray fabric pattern
c. (49¢) Green dress
d. (49¢) Black and white fabric pattern
e. (49¢) Red dress
f. (49¢) Floral fabric pattern with dull green background
g. (49¢) Blue dress
h. (49¢) Floral fabric pattern with white background
i. (49¢) Yellow dress
j. (49¢) Pink, white and gray floral fabric pattern
k. (49¢) Pink dress

Updated February 17: The copyright date in the Technical Specifications was incorrect (“2017” rather than “2016”). It has been corrected below.

Updated February 1st:
Here is the design for the Digital Color Postmark: It measures 3″ x 1.3″. Here is the design for the pictorial cancel: It measures 2.97″ x 1.14″. There is also a “special” postmark that local post offices may offer: It measures 2.87″ x .98″.

Updated January 27th:
[press release]
Oscar de la Renta Forever Stamp Set to Take Center Stage
Feb. 16 Ceremony at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal in New York City

What:
The U.S. Postal Service is issuing the Oscar de la Renta Forever stamp to honor one of the world’s leading fashion designers. For 50 years, Oscar de la Renta created glamorous, sophisticated clothes that showcased the distinctively feminine attributes of the women who wore them. His innovative designs and close attention to detail elevated American style and brought international attention to New York as a world leader in fashion.
The stamp art includes 11 images — an evocative black-and-white portrait of de la Renta and 10 details from some of his most exquisite gowns.

Who:
Secretary Hillary Clinton
Anna Wintour, artistic director of Condé Nast and editor in chief of Vogue
Janice D. Walker, vice president, Corporate Communications, U.S. Postal Service
Alexander L. Bolen, chief executive officer, Oscar de la Renta, LLC.
Anderson Cooper, journalist and author

When:
Friday, Feb. 16, 2017, 11:00 a.m.

Where:
Vanderbilt Hall East at
Grand Central Terminal
New York, N.Y.
(Note: There will be no autographing session.)

Background:
In 1956, 24-year-old Oscar de la Renta achieved his first success as a fashion designer. The wife of the U.S. Ambassador to Spain commissioned de la Renta to make a white debutante dress for her daughter. Later that year, she appeared on the cover of Life wearing the dress. Shortly thereafter, he began working in the Madrid atelier of legendary Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga. De la Renta learned how to work with complex fabric, studied proportions, perfected draping techniques, and gained an understanding of garment construction.

After later breaking into haute couture fashion in Paris, de la Renta moved to New York and began working at Elizabeth Arden in 1963. Two years later, he debuted his own collection for the first time. A rising star along Seventh Avenue, he captured the beauty and ease American women craved in their gowns and suits. He mingled just as confidently with the socialites of New York as he had in Paris and Madrid and sought to create both the day and evening wear that such powerful and influential women desired. With his highly polished style and tremendous skill, de la Renta bridged the gap between American and French fashion.

His clothes reflected the duality of the American woman—feminine without looking fragile, authoritative yet still refined. He also had a talent for maintaining a timeless yet modern quality in his pieces, incorporating elements of popular culture and other societal trends. His garments were regularly featured on the covers of high fashion magazines and became glorious indulgences found in specialty stores around the country. His designs continue to represent the sophistication and international quality of fashion in the United States.

Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps. Oscar de la Renta portrait photo by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Photo of light pink dress by Norman Jean Roy.

The Oscar de la Renta stamps are being issued as Forever stamps. These Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

Updated January 18th:
On February 16, 2017, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Oscar de la Renta First-Class Mail stamps (Forever priced at 49 cents) in eleven designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 11 stamps (Item 562700). The Oscar de la Renta $5.39 pane of 11 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide February 16, 2017.

Most widely known for dressing the country’s first ladies and celebrities, Oscar de la Renta (1932–2014) was one of the world’s leading fashion designers for 50 years. This pane of 11 stamps features an evocative black-and-white portrait of the couturier and 10 details from several of his most exquisite gowns. De la Renta‘s innovative designs and close attention to detail elevated American style and brought international attention to New York as a world leader in fashion. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps.

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 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 – Oscar de la Renta 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 April 16, 2017.

There are six philatelic products for this stamp issue:

  • 562706 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $48.51
  • 562710 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (2 panes), $12.95
  • 562716 First-Day Cover (set of 11), $10.23
  • 562721 Digital Color Postmark (set of 11), $18.04
  • 562724 Framed Art, $39.95
  • 562730 Ceremony Program, $6.95

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Oscar de la Renta Stamps
Item Number: 562700
Denomination & Type of Issue: First Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 11 (11 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: February 16, 2017, New York, NY 10199
Art Director: Derry Noyes
Designer: Derry Noyes
Typographer: Derry Noyes
Artist: From existing photos
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 11
Print Quantity: 17,600,000 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): 1.09 x 1.04 in/27.56 x 36.07 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.23 x 1.56 in/31.12 x 39.62 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.64 x 8.63 in/194.06 x 219.20 mm
Plate Size: 99 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Header: Oscar de la Renta
Back: ©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Barcode (562700) •Oscar de la Renta • Promotional Text

Updated January 5th: These stamps will be issued February 16th in New York City.

from the USPS December 28, 2016:

Most widely known for dressing the nation’s first ladies and celebrities, Oscar de la Renta (1932–2014) was one of the world’s leading fashion designers for more than 50 years. This pane of 11 stamps features an evocative black-and-white portrait of the couturier and 10 details from several of his most exquisite gowns. De la Renta’s innovative designs and close attention to detail are said to have elevated American style and brought international attention to New York as a world leader in fashion. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps. Oscar de la Renta portrait photo by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Photo of light pink gown by Norman Jean Roy.

5 More U.S. 2017 Issues Announced

[press release] [click on the issue name to go to that issue’s page]
Additional 2017 Stamps Announced
Renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch Featured

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service today announced more stamps to be issued in 2017. “The new year is shaping up to be exceptional as the Postal Service continues to produce stamps that celebrate the people, events and cultural milestones that are unique to the history of our great nation,” said Mary-Anne Penner, U.S. Postal Service Director, Stamp Services. “We are very excited to showcase these miniature works of art to help continue telling America’s story as we add to the lineup of 2017 stamps announced earlier.”

Here are the newest additions:

Oscar de la Renta
Most widely known for dressing the nation’s first ladies and celebrities, Oscar de la Renta (1932–2014) was one of the world’s leading fashion designers for more than 50 years. This pane of 11 stamps features an evocative black-and-white portrait of the couturier and 10 details from several of his most exquisite gowns. De la Renta’s innovative designs and close attention to detail are said to have elevated American style and brought international attention to New York as a world leader in fashion. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps. Oscar de la Renta portrait photo by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Photo of light pink gown by Norman Jean Roy.

Azulillo (stamped card)
The U.S. Postal Service issues a new stamped card for 2017 featuring an illustration of a Chilean blue crocus (Tecophilaea cyanocrocus) from pre-existing artwork by illustrator and designer Dugald Stermer (1936–2011). His penciled calligraphy under the flower indicates one of its common names azulillo — loosely translated from Spanish, it means “little blue thing”— with its botanical name above. The Chilean blue crocus is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture zones seven to nine. It generally flowers in February or March in North America. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamped card.

Lili’uokalani Gardens (Priority Mail)
This Priority Mail stamp is being issued to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Lili’uokalani Gardens in Hilo, Hawai’i. Built on land donated by Queen Lili’uokalani (1838–1917), the last Hawaiian monarch to govern the islands, the gardens were dedicated in 1917 and named in her honor. Hilo’s Lili’uokalani Gardens are Japanese in style with influences of Hawaiian remains of lava flows, plantings of tropical trees and flowers, and a view of the Mauna Kea volcano — Hawai’i’s highest point. The stamp art features one of the gardens’ most iconic structures, the red wooden shelter on a stone bridge spanning a portion of the pond. The bridge is surrounded by three stone lanterns and lush tropical plants. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

Gateway Arch (Priority Mail Express)
The Postal Service celebrates the Gateway Arch, in St. Louis, MO, with a new Priority Mail Express stamp. The Gateway Arch was built as a memorial to President Thomas Jefferson and the 19th-century traders and pioneers for whom St. Louis was the gateway to the West. The stamp art depicts the majestic stainless-steel arch at sunset in its setting on the banks of the Mississippi River. Towering above the city’s skyline, the Gateway Arch is reflected in the rippling water below, where a barge passes by. Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the stamp features a digital illustration created by Dan Cosgrove.

Patriotic Nonprofit
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.

“Deep CSAC” vs. 2017 U.S.

by Lloyd A. de Vries

In February 2014, someone leaked to The Washington Post a list of the stamps and postal stationery subjects the U.S. Postal Service and its Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) was considering. The list was nicknamed “Deep CSAC.”

The list was divided into three categories: Design Approved, In Design Development, and Not Yet In Design.

At first, the U.S. stamp program hewed fairly closely to Deep CSAC, but as time went on, it diverged more and more: Some stamps were issued in a different year than the list had indicated, some weren’t issued at all, and some were issued that weren’t on the list. Still, looking at the list now, it’s amazing how accurate it was. (It’s still online.)

The list didn’t specifically cover 2017, but several of the issues on the 2017 list so far are there (Barn Swallow envelope, Love Skywriting, “Garden Beauty” (likely Flowers from the Garden in 2017), Christmas Carols. And I expect we’ll add to this list as 2017’s list of issues is completed.

So what is on the list, so far unissued but “design approved,” could be a guide to other 2017 issues.

Although two somewhat non-religious Christmas subjects have been announced for 2017 (Christmas Carols and “A Snowy Day”), there is no religious issue. The USPS has been issuing Madonna & Child stamps in alternate years, and just issued one in 2016, but a design by Francesco Bachiacca has been approved. According to Wikipedia, he was a Renaissance artist. His Madonna and Child with St. John hangs in the Dallas Museum of Art.

However, there are also three other “Madonna and Child” stamps with designs approved.

Elizabeth Taylor was rumored to be the Legends of Hollywood pick for 2016; instead, it was Shirley Temple. Deep CSAC has a design “in development.” Entertainment celebrity stamps often become mired in rights issues, from the estates of the celebrities themselves to use of photographs and characters portrayed in the design. She had children with Michael Wilding and Michael Todd, and an adopted daughter with Eddie Fisher and Richard Burton. At least three of the children are still alive. She also has nine grandchildren. We have seen how children from different spouses or partners often disagree on stamp issuances.

We’ve been hearing for years that “Science Fiction Writers” was an imminent issue, a set of 4 or 5 stamps first rumored for 2013. According to the Deep CSAC list, the design is approved, and there is even a second second in the works. There is probably at least one rights issue with the initial set.

There was also strong rumors last year about stamps for Steve Jobs and a Music Icons one for James Brown. We know there are major rights issues for Brown; his heirs can’t even agree on where to bury him. I could easily see a rights issue with the Apple founder, too.

Speaking of Music Icons, the secret list says a design has been approved for Roy Orbison.

We’ve had Distinguished Soldiers, Sailors and Marines, and almost annual service medal stamps in the past few years. Deep CSAC indicates a Distinguished Airmen design is approved. Soldiers, Sailors and Marines were all four stamps.

No two-ounce Distinguished Americans stamp has been announced. Deep CSAC says there is a two-ounce-rate design for A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., an African American federal judge.

However, don’t rush out and order your first day cover cachets or prints suitable to framing or book travel based on this speculation. Several of 2017’s announced issues don’t show up anywhere on the Deep CSAC list. Several of 2016’s weren’t there either.

Christmas Carols Booklet (U.S. 2017)

Updated September 13th: Here are the first-day postmarks for this issue: The Digital Color Postmark for this issue measures 2.27” x 1.45″. The B&W pictorial (rubber) postmark measures 2.99” x 1.70”.

Updated September 3rd:
On October 5, 2017, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service will issue Christmas Carols stamps (Forever priced at 49 cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps (Item 677300). The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 5, 2017.

In 2017, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the Christmas season with four new Forever stamps featuring images that illustrate a major theme from four beloved Christmas carols:

  • “Jingle Bells,”
  • “Deck the Halls,”
  • “Silent Night,” and
  • “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.

Familiar lines from each song highlight the individual stamps. The shades of blue in the background of the stamps evoke the evening scenes from the four carols. This booklet of 20 stamps includes five of each design. The late Howard E. Paine was the art director and artist Steve McCracken created the original art for this project.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 677300, $9.80 Christmas Carols (Forever priced at 49 cents) Double-sided Booklet of 20 Stamps
Stamp Fulfillment Services will make 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:

Christmas Carols 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 December 5, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 677306, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $78.40.
  • 677310 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (set of 4), $16.95.
  • 677316 First-Day Cover (set of 4), $3.72.
  • 677321 Digital Color Postmark (set of 4), $6.56.
  • 677324 Framed Art, $29.95.
  • 677330 Ceremony Program, $6.95.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Christmas Carols Stamps
Item Number: 677300
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail« Forever
Format: Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: October 5, 2017, New York, NY 10199
Art Director: Howard E Paine
Designer: Howard E Paine
Typographer: Howard E Paine
Artist: Steve McCracken, Winchester, VA
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 900,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.05 x .77 in/26.67 x 19.56 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 1.19 x .91 in/30.23 x 23.11 mm
Full Booklet Size (w x h): 2.375 x 5.743 in/60.33 x 145.87 mm
Press Sheet Size (w x h): 9.5 x 11.486 in/241.30 x 291.74 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Plate Size: 800 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings: Header “Christmas Carols” 20 First-Class Forever Stamps • Plate numbers in peel strip area • © 2016 • USPS in peel strip area • Barcode

Updated March 13th: The USPS says these stamps will be issued October 5 in New York, which would coincide with the ASDA stamp show.

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_carols1The 2017 Christmas season will be celebrated with four new Forever stamps featuring images that illustrate four beloved Christmas carols: “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night,” and “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. ” Familiar lines from each song highlight the individual stamps. Shades of blue in the stamp backgrounds evoke the evening scenes from the four carols. This booklet of 20 stamps includes five of each design. The late Howard E. Paine was art director; artist Steve McCracken created the original art. carols_bklt

“The Snowy Day” Booklet (U.S. 2017)

Updated September 13th: Here are the first-day postmarks for this issue: The Digital Color Postmark measures 3″x2.232″. The B&W pictorial (rubber) postmark measures 2.353″ x 1.5”. The special postmark for use by other post offices measures 2.7” x 1.232”.

Updated September 3rd:
On October 4, 2017, in Brooklyn, NY, the U.S. Postal Service will issue The Snowy Day stamps (Forever priced at 49 cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps (Item 676100). The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 4, 2017.

With these stamps, the U.S. Postal Service showcases Ezra Jack Keats’ most beloved story, The Snowy Day. Written and illustrated by the celebrated children’s author, it was one of the first prominent 20th-century picture books featuring an African-American child. Each of the four new stamps in this 20-stamp booklet shows a different illustration of the main character, Peter, exploring and playing in his neighborhood while wearing his iconic red snowsuit. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps. The images include:

  • Peter forming a snowball,
  • Peter sliding down a mountain of snow,
  • Peter making a snow angel, and
  • Peter leaving footprints in the snow.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 676100, $9.80 The Snowy Day (Forever priced at 49 cents) Double-sided Booklet of 20 Stamps. 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 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:

The Snowy Day 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 December 4, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 676106 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $78.40.
  • 676110 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (set of 4), $16.95.
  • 676116 First-Day Cover (set of 4), $3.72.
  • 676121 Digital Color Postmark (set of 4), $6.56.
  • 676130 Ceremony Program, $6.95.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: The Snowy Day Stamps
Item Number: 676100
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: October 4, 2017, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Artist: Ezra Jack Keats
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller Martini A76
Stamps per Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 400,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): .77 x 1.05 in/19.56 x 26.67 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): .91 x 1.19 in/23.11 x 30.23 mm
Full Booklet Size (w x h): 5.76 x 2.38 in/146.30 x 60.45 mm
Press Sheet Size (w x h): 23.165 x 4.76 in/588.39 x 120.90 mm
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Plate Size: 880 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings: Header. “THE SNOWY DAY” 20 First-Class Forever Stamps • Plate numbers in peel strip area • © 2016 • USPS Logo in peel strip area • Barcode

Updated March 13th: The USPS says these stamps will be issued October 4 in Brooklyn, NY.

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_snowyday1In 2017, Ezra Jack Keats’ most beloved story, “The Snowy Day,” will be showcased. Written and illustrated by the celebrated children author, it was one of the first prominent 20th-century picture books centered on an African-American child. Each of the four new stamps in this 20-stamp booklet features a different illustration of main character Peter exploring and playing in his neighborhood while wearing his iconic red snowsuit. The images include: Peter forming a snowball, Peter sliding down a mountain of snow, Peter making a snow angel, and Peter leaving footprints in the snow. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps with Ezra Jack Keat’s original art.

Protect Pollinators (U.S. 2017)

Updated September 3rd: The Scott catalogue numbers for this issue are

5228 (49¢) Protect Pollinators – Monarch Butterfly on Purple Coneflower
5229 (49¢) Protect Pollinators – Western Honeybee on Golden Ragwort
5230 (49¢) Protect Pollinators – Monarch Butterfly on Red Zinnia
5231 (49¢) Protect Pollinators – Western Honeybee on Purple New England Aster
5232 (49¢) Protect Pollinators – Monarch Butterfly on Goldenrod
a. Vert. strip of 5, #5228-5232

Updated July 23rd:
The Beauty of Pollinators to be Celebratedon Forever Stamps
Media advisory

WHAT: First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Protect Pollinators Forever stamps. The event is free and open to the public.

WHO:

  • U.S. Postal Service Judicial Officer Gary Shaprio
  • U.S. Postal Service Stamp Services Director Mary-Anne Penner
  • American Philatelic Society President Mick Zais
  • The Pollinator Partnership President & CEO Val Dolcini

WHEN: Tue., Aug. 3 @ noon

WHERE:
American Philatelic Society (APS) National Summer Convention StampShow
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N. Third Street
Richmond, VA 23219

The event is free, open to the public, and attendees can register on-site at APS registration.

Please share the news on social media using the hashtags #ProtectPollinators and #PollinatorStamps. The stamps may be pre-ordered at this link for delivery shortly after the Aug. 3 issuance.

BACKGROUND: The U.S. Postal Service pays tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of our continent’s most iconic, the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and the western honeybee (Apis mellifera), each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America.

The stamps from top left to right feature a monarch and a coneflower (photo by Karen Mayford); a monarch and a zinnia (photo by Bonnie Sue Rauch); a monarch and a goldenrod (photo by Justin Fowler); a western honeybee and a golden ragwort (photo by George D. Lepp); and in the second row, the second image from the left, a western honeybee and a New England aster (photo by Michael Durham). The remaining stamps in this pane of 20 are showcased in a scattered arrangement reminiscent of a field of wildflowers. The selvage photograph features a monarch and a goldenrod — a different view of the same two species depicted on one of the stamps (photo by Justin Fowler).

Updated March 13th:
Here is the Digital Color Postmark for this issue: It measures 2.90″ x 1.45″.

Updated March 13th:
On August 3, 2017, in Richmond, VA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Protect Pollinators stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 475200). The Protect Pollinators $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 August 3, 2017.

The U.S. Postal Service pays tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of our continent’s most iconic: the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and the western honeybee (Apis mellifera), each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America.

The stamps feature:

  • A monarch and a coneflower (photo by Karen Mayford);
  • A western honeybee and a golden ragwort (photo by George D. Lepp);
  • A monarch and a zinnia (photo by Bonnie Sue Rauch);
  • A western honeybee and a New England aster (photo by Michael Durham); and
  • A monarch and goldenrod (photo by Justin Fowler)

The remainder of the stamps in this pane recur in a scattered arrangement reminiscent of a field of wildflowers. The selvage photograph features a monarch and a goldenrod — a different view of the same two species depicted on one of the stamps (photo by Justin Fowler). These particular species exemplify the ecological service provided by all pollinators, which include other insects, birds, and bats. Trending declines in their populations alert us that pollinators now need mindful human intervention in order to thrive. Individuals can help butterflies, bees, and other pollinators by planting pollinator gardens that include native flowers or heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables. Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp pane with existing photographs.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make 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 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 – Protect Pollinators 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 October 3, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 475206 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $88.20
  • 475210 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (set of 5), $18.95
  • 475216 First-Day Cover (set of 5), $4.65
  • 475221 Digital Color Postmark (set of 5), $8.20
  • 475224 Framed Art, $29.95
  • 475230 Ceremony Program, $6.95
  • 475233 Panel, $10.95

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Protect Pollinators Stamps
Item Number: 475200
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail® Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (5 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: August 3, 2017, Richmond, VA 23232
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Existing Photos: Michael Durham, George D. Lepp, Karen Mayford, Bonnie Sue Rauch, Justin Fowler
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, Block Tag applied
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.42 x 0.84 in/36.07 x 21.34 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.56 x 0.98 in/39.62 x 24.89 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.24 x 7.83 in/183.90 x 198.88 mm
Press Sheet Size (w x h): 21.97 x 24.365 in/558.04 x 618.87 mm
Plate Size: 180 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate Numbers in two corners of pane • Header “Protect Pollinators”
Back: ©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (475200) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Updated March 13th: The USPS says these stamps will be issued August 3rd in Richmond VA. That would coincide with the first day of APS StampShow.

s_pollinators1From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

This stamp pays tribute to the beauty and importance of pollinators with stamps depicting two of our continent’s most iconic, the monarch butterfly and the western honeybee, each shown industriously pollinating a variety of plants native to North America. These particular species exemplify the ecological service provided by all pollinators, which include other insects, birds, and bats. Crop pollination by insects contributes approximately $15 billion of produce to the U. S. economy each year. Trending declines in their populations alert us that pollinators are helped by planting pollinator gardens with native flowers or heirloom varieties of fruits and vegetables. Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp pane with existing photographs.

Comment:

This subject was previous covered by the USPS in 2007: pollination1

Henry David Thoreau (U.S. 2017)

Updated July 3rd: The Scott catalogue number for this issue is 5202.

Updated April 26th: Here is the Digital Color Postmark for this issue: It measures 2.93″ x 1.38″. Here is the black-and-white pictorial: It measures 2.97″ x 0.48″.

Updated April 19th:
On May 23, 2017, in Concord, MA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Henry David Thoreau stamp (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 475100). The stamp will go on sale nationwide May 23, 2017.

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates writer, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) on the bicentennial of his birth. The stamp art is an oil-on-panel painting of Thoreau’s face based on a famous 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin Maxham. On the right side of the stamp is Thoreau’s signature of his last name. Below the signature is a branch of sumac leaves. With Thoreau’s personal example of simple living, his criticism of materialism, and the timeless questions he raises about the place of the individual in society and humanity‘s role in the natural world, he continues to inspire new generations to assert their independence, reinterpret his legacy, and ask challenging questions of their own. The artist for this stamp was Sam Weber. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make 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 – Henry David Thoreau 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 23, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 475106 Press Sheet with Die-Cut, $88.20
  • 475110 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $11.95
  • 475116 First-Day Cover, $0.93
  • 475121 Digital Color Postmark, $1.64
  • 475124 Framed Art, $39.95
  • 475130 Ceremony Program, $6.95
  • 475133 Panel, $10.95

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Henry David Thoreau Stamp
Item Number: 475100
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Pane of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: May 23, 2017, Concord, MA 01742
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Artist: Sam Weber, Brooklyn, NY
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: 12,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit NC
Colors: PMS 7591/Sienna, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.42 x 0.84 in./36.07 x 21.34 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 7.25 x 7.25 in./184.15 x 184.15 mm
Press Sheets Size (w x h): 22.00 x 22.00 in./558.80 x 558.80 mm
Plate Size: 180 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “B” followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in two corners of pane
Back: © 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (475100) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text

Updated March 27th: [USPS media advisory]
Writer, Philosopher and Naturalist Henry David Thoreau to be Commemorated on a Forever Stamp

WHAT:
First-Day-of-Issue dedication ceremony for the Henry David Thoreau Commemorative Forever stamp. The event is free and open to the public.

WHO:

  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton
  • Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner Leo Roy
  • U.S. Postal Service General Counsel and Executive Vice President Thomas J. Marshall
  • Select Board Town of Concord Chair Michael Lawson
  • Walden Woods Project Board Member/Environmentalist/Actor Ed Begley Jr.

WHEN: Tue., May 23 @ 11 a.m.

WHERE:
Walden Pond State Reservation Visitors Center
915 Walden St.
Concord, MA 01742

The public may RSVP online at usps.com/thoreau. Followers of the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook page can view live streaming video of the event at facebook.com/USPS. The media is asked to share the news on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #ThoreauStamps.

BACKGROUND: The U.S. Postal Service celebrates writer, philosopher, and naturalist Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) on the bicentennial year of his birth. The stamp art is an oil-on-panel painting of Thoreau’s face based on a famous 1856 daguerreotype by Benjamin Maxham. On the right side of the stamp is Thoreau’s signature of his last name. Below the signature is a branch of sumac leaves.

With Thoreau’s personal example of simple living, his criticism of materialism, and the timeless questions he raises about the place of the individual in society and humanity’s role in the natural world, he continues to inspire new generations to assert their independence, reinterpret his legacy, and ask challenging questions of their own. Sam Weber of Brooklyn, NY, was the stamp artist. Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp.

Updated March 13th: The USPS says this stamp will be issued May 23rd in Concord, MA.

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_thoreau1With his personal example of simple living, his criticism of materialism and the questions he raises about the place of the individual in society and humanity’s role in the natural world, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) continues to inspire readers. For 26 months, Thoreau lived in a one-room house on a lake just outside his hometown of Concord, MA, writing prolifically while farming, reading, thinking, taking long walks and observing nature around him. “Walden,” the 1854 book he wrote about his experience, still holds the attention of readers by blending elements of numerous genres to create a complex, eclectic and unique work. Art director Greg Breeding designed this stamp with original art by Sam Weber.  thoreau_sheetComment:

The USPS honored Thoreau in 1967: thoreau1967

Andrew Wyeth (U.S. 2017)

Updated September 3rd: The Scott Catalogue numbers for this issue are

5212 Paintings by Andrew Wyeth pane of 12
a. (49¢) Wind from the Sea
b. (49¢) Big Room
c. (49¢) Christina’s World
d. (49¢) Alvaro and Christina
e. (49¢) Frostbitten
f. (49¢) Sailor’s Valentine
g. (49¢) Soaring
h. (49¢) North Light
i. (49¢) Spring Fed
j. (49¢) The Carry
k. (49¢) Young Bull
l. (49¢) My Studio

Updated June 10th:
On July 12, 2017, in Chadds Ford, PA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Andrew Wyeth stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in twelve designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps (Item 475000). The stamps will go on sale nationwide July 12, 2017.

This pane of stamps celebrates the centennial of the birth of Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009), one of the most prominent American artists of the 20th century. Working in a realistic style that defied artistic trends, Wyeth created haunting and enigmatic paintings based largely on people and places in his life, a body of work that continues to resist easy or comfortable interpretation.

This issuance includes 12 stamps that feature a detail of a different Andrew Wyeth painting. The paintings are: “Wind from the Sea” (1947), “Big Room” (1988), “Christina’s World” (1948), “Alvaro and Christina” (1968), “Frostbitten” (1962), “Sailor’s Valentine” (1985), “Soaring” (1942–1950), “North Light” (1984), “Spring Fed” (1967), “The Carry” (2003), “Young Bull” (1960), and “My Studio” (1974). The selvage shows a photograph of Wyeth from the 1930s. Art director Derry Noyes designed the pane.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make 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 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 – Andrew Wyeth 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 12, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 475006 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $52.92
  • 475010 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (2 panes), $13.95
  • 475016 First-Day Cover (set of 12), $11.16
  • 475021 Digital Color Postmark (set of 12), $19.68
  • 475024 Framed Art, $39.95
  • 475030 Ceremony Program, $6.95
  • 475033 Panel, $17.95

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Andrew Wyeth Stamps
Item Number: 475000
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail, Forever
Format: Pane of 12 (12 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: July 12, 2017, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 12
Print Quantity: 25,200,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Horizontal
Image Area (w x h): 1.42 x 1.085 in/36.07 x 27.56 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.56 x 1.225 in/39.62 x 31.12 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 8.12 x 6.72 in/206.25 x 170.69 mm
Press Sheet Size (w x h): 20.41 x 25.24 in/518.41 x 640.97 mm
Plate Size: 108 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate number in two locations • Header: ANDREW WYETH – artist 1917-2009
Back: ©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • Two barcodes (475000) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Updated March 13th: The USPS confirms these stamps will be issued July 12th in Chadds Ford, PA.

Updated November 29th, 2016: The American Philatelic Society and Art Fix Daily report these stamps will be issued July 12th at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pa., south of Philadelphia.

According to Art Fix Daily, the 12 stamps show details of the following paintings:

  • Alvaro and Christina, 1968
  • Big Room, 1988
  • The Carry, 2003
  • Christina’s World, 1948
  • Frostbitten, 1962
  • North Light, 1984
  • Sailor’s Valentine, 1985
  • Soaring, 1942-50
  • Spring Fed, 1967
  • My Studio, 1974
  • Wind from the Sea, 1947
  • Young Bull, 1960

“The exhibition Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, on view on view from June 24 through September 17 at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, is the first chronological retrospective of the artist’s career since the 1970s,” says Art Fix Daily. “The exhibition is co-organized by Seattle Art Museum and includes over 100 of his finest paintings and works on papers selected from major museums and private collections.” The exhibition will be shown in Seattle in October.

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_wyeth1Mastering a realistic style that defied artistic trends, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) created haunting and enigmatic paintings based largely on people and places in his life — a body of work that continues to resist easy or comfortable interpretation. Finding endless inspiration both in his hometown of Chadds Ford, PA, and in rural Maine, he scrutinized the lives, houses and personal belongings of people around him, sometimes painting their portraits but just as often using objects and places to represent them. 2017 is the centennial of Wyeth’s birth. With subtle symbolism and eerie implications, his work invites us to reinterpret his personal vision. Derry Noyes art directed and designed this pane of 12 stamps.

The USPS revised the design image for this issue on November 23rd: s_wyeth

Have A Ball! (U.S. 2017)

Updated May 22nd: The U.S. Open golf tournament is being held in Erin, Wisconsin, June 12-18. Hartford is the nearest incorporated municipality, which should explain the location of the first day ceremony. June 15th is the first round of the tournament. (Practice rounds are held June 12-14.) There is no mention of the stamps’ issuance on the Open website nor on the City of Hartford’s website at this time.

Updated May 12th:
On June 14, 2017, in Hartford, WI, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Have a Ball! stamps (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in eight designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps (Item 474900). The Have a Ball! $7.84 pane of 16 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually. The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 14, 2017.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates our nation’s passion for athletics with the Have a Ball! stamps. The issuance features colorful illustrations of eight different sports balls:

  • A baseball
  • A basketball
  • A football
  • A golf ball
  • A kickball
  • A soccer ball
  • A tennis ball, and
  • A volleyball

The round Have a Ball! stamps feature a special coating applied to selected areas of the stamps during the printing process to give them a textured feel. Mike Ryan designed the stamps and Greg Breeding served as the art director of the project. Daniel Nyari created the colorful, stylized stamp art.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make 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 – Have a Ball! 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 August 14, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 474906 Press Sheet with Die-cut, $62.72
  • 474910 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (set of 8), $21.95
  • 474916 First-Day Cover (set of 8), $7.44
  • 474921 Digital Color Postmark (set of 8), $13.12
  • 474924 Framed Art, $39.95
  • 474930 Ceremony Envelope* $4.95
  • 474933 Panel, $10.95

*Includes ceremony envelope with program brochure; participant programs are not available.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Have a Ball! Stamp
Item Number: 474900
Denomination & Type of Issue: Forever, First-Class Mail®
Format: Pane of 16 (8 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: June 14, 2017, Hartford, WI 53027
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Designer: Mike Ryan, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Artist: Daniel Nyari, Long Island City, NY
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Flexographic
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 16
Print Quantity: 80,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Spot Tag applied
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS Cool Gray #7
Stamp Orientation: Round
Image Area (w x h): 1.08 x 1.08 in/27.43 x 27.43 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.27 x 1.27 in/32.26 x 32.26 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 6.25 x 6.25 in/158.75 x 158.75 mm
Press Sheet Size (w x h): 25.25 x 12.50 in/641.35 x 317.50 mm
Plate Size: 256 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by five (5) digits
Marginal Markings:
Back: ©2016 USPS • USPS Logo • two barcodes (474900) • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

From the USPS, November 22nd, 2016:

s_balls1The U. S. Postal Service celebrates our nation passion for athletics with Have a Ball! The stamps feature colorful illustrations of eight different sports balls: baseball, basketball, football, golf, kickball, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Millions in the U. S. participate annually in the sports represented on the stamps. Mike Ryan designed the stamps and Greg Breeding served as the art director. Daniel Nyari created the colorful, stylized stamp art.