2008 U.S. Stamp Program

December 31, 2009 09:43 PM

  • A stamp commemorating Mount Rushmore was issued by the U.S. Postal Service on May 12, 2008.

Jan. 9, Year of the Rat. Single 41¢ commemorative stamp, lunisolar New Year series, pane of 12; AV; San Francisco, CA 94188; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Oct. 8, 2007, page 1; Dec. 17, 2007, page 13; Jan. 7, page 1; USPS item No. 571340 (pane), 571361 (FDC at 79¢), 571365 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.50), 571384 (uncut press sheet at $44.28); Scott 4221.

Jan. 31, Charles W. Chesnutt. Single 41¢ commemorative stamp, Black Heritage series; pane of 20; AV; Cleveland, OH 44101; Linn's Sept. 10, 2007, page 15; Oct. 8, 2007, page 1; Jan. 21, page 1; USPS item No. 462840 (pane), 462861 (FDC at 79¢); Scott 4222.

Feb. 21, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Single 41¢ commemorative stamp, Literary Arts series, pane of 20; AV; Hawthorne, FL 32640 (event in Cross Creek); Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Dec. 3, 2007, page 18; Feb. 18, page 1; USPS item No. 462340 (pane), 462361 (FDC at 79¢); Scott 4223.

March 6, American Scientists. Four 41¢ commemorative stamps: Gerty Cori (Scott 4224), Linus Pauling (4225), Edwin Hubble (4226) and John Bardeen (4227); AV; New York, NY 10199; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Feb. 25, page 1; USPS item No. 462240 (pane), 462263 (set of four FDCs at $3.16).

March 7, Tiffany Lamp. Single 1¢ definitive stamp, pane of 20; SSP; New York, NY 10199; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 13; USPS item No. 184140 (pane), 184162 (FDC at 80¢).

April 18, American Flags. Twelve 42¢ definitives (four designs), coil of 100 (AP, AV, SSP), 3,000 and 10,000 (AV), water-activated coil of 3,000 (SSP); Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 1; June 30, page 36; USPS item No. 785940 (coil of 100 by Ashton Potter), 785941 (coil of 100 by Avery Dennison), 785942 (coil of 100 by Sennett Security Products), 786030 (strip of 25 stamps from coil of 3,000), 786130 (strip of 25 stamps from coil of 10,000), 786830 (strip of 25 stamps from water-activated coil of 3,000), Scott numbers in this order: dusk, night, dawn, midday, stamps, Scott 4228-31 (water-activated coil stamps), 4232-35 (Ashton Potter coil stamps, gauge 9½), 4236-39 (Sennett Security Products coil stamps, gauge 11), 4240-43 (Avery Dennison coil stamps, gauge 8½), 4244-47 (Avery Dennison coil stamps with rounded corners, gauge 11).

April 22, American Journalists. Five 42¢ commemorative stamps: Martha Gellhorn (Scott 4248), John Hersey (4249), George Polk (4250), Ruben Salazar (4251), and Eric Sevareid (4252); AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Oct. 29, 2007, page 2; April 21, page 1; USPS item No. sold out (pane), 462063 (set of five FDCs at $4).

April 25, Tropical Fruit. Five 27¢ definitive stamps: pomegranate (Scott 4253 pane, 4260 coil), star fruit (4254, 4261), kiwi (4255, 4262), papaya (4256, 4258), guava (4257, 4259); pane of 20 and coil of 100; Burlingame, CA 94010 (first-day postmark requests mailed to San Mateo, CA 94402); Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 1; April 21, page 1; USPS item No. 786340 (coil of 100), 786363 (set of five coil stamp FDCs at $4.60), 105140 (pane of 20), 105163 (set of five pane stamp FDCs at $4.60).

April 26, Mount St. Mary's University. Single 27¢ postal card, AP; Emmitsburg, MD 21727; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; April 21, page 10; USPS item No. 202340 (postal card at 29¢), 202361 (FDC at 39¢); starting May 12, the numbers change to 232340 (postal card at 30¢) and 232361 (FDC at 40¢); Scott UX533.

April 30, Purple Heart. Two 42¢ definitive stamps (single design), pane of 20, water-activated pane of 100; AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 3, page 1; April 28, page 10; USPS item No. 110140 (pane of 20), 108840 (pane of 100), 110161 (pane of 20 stamp FDC at 80¢), 108861 (pane of 100 stamp FDC at 80¢); Scott 4263 (water-activated), 4264 (self-adhesive).

May 2, Elk. Twelve 42¢ stamped envelopes priced at 51¢ each (No. 6¾ and No. 10 regular and window, No. 9 security regular and window); AP, Mead-Westvaco; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 1; April 7, page 2; April 28, page 2; May 26, page 13; USPS item No. AP versions: 262940 (No. 6¾ regular), 263040 (No. 6¾ window), 213040 (No. 9 security), 213140 (No. 9 security window), 212840 (No. 10 regular), 212940 (No. 10 window), Mead-Westvaco versions: 282940 (No. 6¾ regular), 283040 (No. 6¾ window), 293040 (No. 9 security), 293140 (No. 9 security window), 292840 (No. 10 regular), 292940 (No. 10 window); Scott U663 (Ashton Potter), U663a (Mead-Westvaco).

May 12, Mount Rushmore. Single $4.80 Priority Mail stamped envelope, packet of five; Kansas City, MO 64144; Linn's March 31, page 1; May 19, page 18; USPS item No. 212005 (pack of five at $24), 212061 (FDC at $5.18); Scott U664.

May 12, Corinthian Column. Single 27¢ postal card priced at 30¢ each, double-reply postal card priced at 60¢ each; AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 1; May 5, page 18; USPS item No. 222440 (single postal card) 222461 (single postal card FDC at 40¢), 222540 (double-reply postal card), 222561 (double-reply postal card FDC at 70¢); Scott UX534 (postal card), UY47 (reply card).

May 12, Liberty Bell. Single (42¢) forever definitive stamp, double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet); SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 16; May 12, page 13; USPS item No. 677740 (pane); Scott 4127f (solid tagging), 4127h (mottled tagging).

May 12, James A. Michener. Single 59¢ definitive stamp, Distinguished Americans series; pane of 20; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 1; May 12, page 10; USPS item No. 107740 (pane), 107761 (FDC at 97¢); Scott 3427A.

May 12, Edward Trudeau. Single 76¢ definitive stamp, Distinguished Americans series; pane of 20; AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 1; May 12, page 10; USPS item No. 110240 (pane), 110261 (FDC at $1.14); Scott 3432A.

May 13, Frank Sinatra. Single 42¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; AP; Las Vegas, NV 89199 and New York, NY 10199; Linn's Dec. 24, 2007, page 8; Dec. 31, 2007, page 1; Jan. 28, page 47; May 5, page 1; USPS item No. 463240 (pane), 463261 (New York FDC at 80¢), 463269 (Las Vegas FDC at 80¢), 463265 (New York digital color postmark FDC at $1.50), 463279 (Las Vegas digital color postmark FDC at $1.50), 463284 (uncut press sheet at $50.40); Scott 4265.

May 16, 13-Mile Woods, New Hampshire. Single 72¢ definitive stamp, Scenic American Landscapes series; pane of 20; SSP; Rochester, NY 14692; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 1; May 12, page 1; USPS item No. 571940 (pane), 571961 (FDC at $1.10); Scott C144.

May 16, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Single 94¢ definitive stamp, Scenic American Landscapes series; pane of 20; AV; Rochester, NY 14692 and St. John, VI 00830; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 1; May 12, page 1; USPS item No. 571840 (pane), 571861 (Rochester FDC at $1.32), 571869 (St. John FDC at $1.32); Scott C145.

May 17, Minnesota Statehood. Single 42¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; AP; St. Paul, MN 55164;Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Oct. 29, 2007, page 2; Feb. 25, page 61; May 12, page 16; USPS item No. 462540 (pane) 462561 (FDC at 80¢); Scott 4266.

May 19, Dragonfly. Single 62¢ definitive stamp, pane of 20; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 1; May 19, page 1; USPS item No. 120440 (pane), 120461 (FDC at $1); Scott 4267.

June 6, Mount Rushmore. Single $4.80 Pri-ority Mail stamp, pane of 20; AP; McLean, VA 22101; Linn'sMarch 31, page 1; April 21, page 2; June 2, page 1; USPS item No. 112840 (pane), 112820 (plate block of four at $19.20), 112861 (FDC at $5.18); Scott 4268.

June 7, Tiffany Lamp. Single 1¢ water-ac-tivated definitive stamp, coil of 3,000; SSP (offset); McLean, VA 22101; Linn's April 21, page 2; June 2, page 2; USPS item No. 761540 (coil), 761530 (strip of 25 with plate number), 761562 (FDC at 80¢); Scott 3758A.

June 10, All Heart. Single 42¢ special stamp, Love series, pane of 20 (convertible booklet format); AV; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; June 9, page 1; USPS item No. 677840 (pane), 677861 (FDC at 80¢), 677865 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.50). Scott 4270.

June 10, Weddings. Single 42¢ 1-ounce letter-rate special stamp, Love series, pane of 20 (convertible booklet format); AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's Nov. 26, 2007, page 8; June 9, page 12; USPS item No. 677640 (pane), 677661 (FDC at 80¢), 677665 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.50). Scott 4271.

June 10, Weddings. Single 59¢ 2-ounce letter-rate special stamp, Love series, pane of 20; AV; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's Nov. 26, 2007, page 8; June 9, page 12; USPS item No. 571640 (pane), 571661 (FDC at 97¢), 571665 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.50). Scott 4272.

June 14, Flags of Our Nation. Ten 42¢ com-memorative coil stamps: American Flag (Scott 4273), Alabama (4274), Alaska (4275), American Samoa (4276), Arizona (4277), Arkansas (4278), California (4279), Colorado (4280), Connecticut (4281) and Delaware (4282), roll of 50; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Nov. 26, 2007, page 8; June 9, page 1; USPS item No. 786540 (coil of 50), 786563 (set of 10 FDCs at $8), 786568 (set of 10 digital color postmark FDCs at $15).

June 17, Charles and Ray Eames. Sixteen 42¢ commemorative stamps: Charles and Ray Eames (Scott 4333a), Crosspatch Fabric Design (b), Stacking Chairs (c), Case Study House No. 8 (d), Wire-base Table (e), Lounge Chair and Ottoman (f), Hang-It-All (g), La Chaise (h), Tops (a 1969 film) (i), Wire Mesh Chair (j), Arts & Architecture cover (k), House of Cards (l), Molded Plywood Sculpture (m), Eames Storage Unit (n), Aluminum Group Chair (o), and Lounge Chair Metal (p), pane of 16; AV; Santa Monica, CA 90401;Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Oct. 1, 2007, page 2; June 16, page 1; USPS item No. 463040 (pane), 463062 (pane FDC at $9.22).

June 19, Summer Olympics. Single 42¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; SSP; Philadelphia, PA 19104; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; June 16, page 12; USPS item No. 462940 (pane), 462961 (FDC at 80¢). Scott 4334.

June 20, Hoover Dam. Single $16.50 Express Mail stamp, pane of 20; SSP; Washington, DC 20066;Linn's March 31, page 1; June 16, page 11; USPS item No. 112740 (pane), 112761 (FDC at $16.88). Scott 4269.

June 20, Great Seal. Single 42¢ Official stamped envelope priced at 51¢, No. 10 size; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 31, page 18; June 16, page 10; USPS item No. 213240 (envelope), 213261 (FDC at 61¢). Scott UO94.

June 27, Pintail Ducks. Two $15 federal migratory waterfowl hunting and conservation stamps issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, water-activated pane of 20, artist-signed pane of one (priced at $30), souvenir pane of one with label (priced at $50), and self-adhesive pane of one; AP; Hanover, MD 21076;Linn's Nov. 5, 2007, page 1; Dec. 31, 2007, page 12; March 24, page 13; March 31, page 20; June 23, page 1; USPS item No. 333840 (water-activated pane of 20), 333940 (self-adhesive pane of one), mail-order only (artist-signed pane), 333889 (souvenir pane of one with label at $50). Scott RW75 (water-activated), RW75A (self-adhesive).

July 10, Celebrate. Single 42¢ definitive stamp, pane of 20; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 17, page 1; July 7, page 11; USPS item No. 572040 (pane), 572061 (FDC at 80¢).

July 15, American Clock. Single 10¢ water-activated definitive stamp; coil of 10,000; SSP (offset); Washington, DC 20066; Linn's April 21, page 2; July 14, page 37; USPS item No. 704340 (coil), 704330 (strip of 25 with plate number), 704362 (FDC at 88¢).

July 16, Vintage Black Cinema. Five 42¢ commemorative stamps for Black and TanHallelujahThe Sport of the GodsCaledonia, and Princess Tam-Tam; pane of 20; AP; Newark, NJ 07102; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; USPS item No. 463140 (pane), 463163 (set of four FDCs at $4), 463184 (uncut press sheet at $50.40).

July 16, Take Me Out to the Ball Game. Single 42¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; AV; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; July 14, page 1; USPS item No.462140 (pane), 462161 (FDC at 80¢), 462165 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.50).

Aug. 7, The Art of Disney: Imagination. Four 42¢ commemorative stamps and four 27¢ picture postal cards: Lucky and Pongo from 101 Dalmatians (Scott 4342, UX536), Mickey Mouse (4343, UX535), Sleeping Beauty (4344, UX537), and Mowgli and Baloo from The Jungle Book (4345, UX538); pane of 20 (AV) and booklet of 20 picture postal cards (AP); Anaheim, CA 92803; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Aug. 4, page 1; USPS item No. 571440 (pane), 571466 (booklet of 20 picture postal cards at $13.95), 571463 (FDC set of four at $3.20), 571468 (digital color postmark FDC set of four at $6).

Aug. 14, Albert Bierstadt. Single 42¢ commemorative stamp, American Treasures series, double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet format); SSP; Hartford, CT 06101; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Oct. 8, 2007, page 16; Aug. 11, page 1; USPS item No. 678440 (pane), 678461 (FDC at 80¢); Scott 4346.

Aug. 15, Sunflower. Single 42¢ definitive stamp and single 42¢ letter sheet; double-sided pane of 20 (AP), pack of 10 letter sheets; Hartford, CT 06101; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 1; July 21, page 2; Aug. 11, page 2; USPS item No. 678340 (pane), 678361 (FDC at 80¢), 678380 (pack of 10 letter sheets at $14.95); Scott 4347 (stamp), U665 (letter sheet).

Aug. 16, Elk. Six 42¢ stamped envelopes, one design, priced at 51¢ each (No. 6¾ and No. 10 regular and window, No. 9 security regular and window); AP; Hartford, CT 06101; Linn's Aug. 11, page 3; Aug. 18, page 2; USPS item No. 252940 (No. 6¾ regular), 253040 (No. 6¾ window), 273040 (No. 9 regular), 273140 (No. 9 window), 272840 (No. 10 regular), 272940 (No. 10 window); FDCs at 61¢: 252961 (No. 6¾ regular), 253061 (No. 6¾ window), 273061 (No. 9 regular), 273161 (No. 9 window), 272861 (No. 10 regular), 272961 (No. 10 window); Scott U663b.

Aug. 22, Liberty Bell. Two (42¢) forever definitive stamps, double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet); AV (Scott 4125b) and AP (4126b); Falls Church, VA 22046; Linn's March 3, page 1; March 17, page 16; Aug. 18, page 1; USPS item No. 677741 (AV version pane), 677742 (AP version pane), 677769 (FDC with random stamp at 80¢).

August?, American Toleware. Single 5¢ definitive stamp with 2007 date, pane of 20; SSP; no first-day event; Linn's Sept. 15, page 2; USPS item No. 180540 (pane); Scott 3756A.

Sept. 2, Flags of Our Nation. Ten 42¢ commemorative coil stamps: District of Columbia (Scott 4283), Florida (4284), Georgia (4285), Guam (4286), Hawaii (4287), Idaho (4288), Illinois (4289), Indiana (4290), Iowa (4291) and Kansas (4292), roll of 50; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Nov. 26, 2007, page 8; Sept. 1, page 1; USPS item No. 786640 (coil of 50), 786663 (set of 10 FDCs at $8), 786668 (set of 10 digital color postmark FDCs at $15).

Sept. 5, Sea Coast. Single nondenominated (5¢) water-activated definitive stamp, coil of 500; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's July 7, page 2; Sept. 1, page 2; USPS item No. 701840 (coil), 701830 (strip of 25 with plate number), 701862 (FDC at 84¢); Scott 4348.

Sept. 8, Latin Jazz. Single 42¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; AV; Washington, DC 20066; Linn'sAug. 27, 2007, page 1; USPS item No. 463540 (pane), 463661 (FDC at 80¢); Scott 4349.

Sept. 18, Bette Davis. Single 42¢ commemorative stamp, Legends of Hollywood series, pane of 20; AP; Boston, MA 02205; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Sept. 15, page 1; USPS item No. 462640 (pane), 462661 (FDC at 80¢), 462684 (uncut press sheet at $75.60); Scott 4350.

Sept. 23, Eid. Single 42¢ special stamp, Holiday Celebrations, pane of 20; AV; Washington, DC 20066;Linn's Feb. 11, page 14; Sept. 22, page 12; USPS item No. 573040 (pane), 573061 (FDC at 80¢); Scott 4351.

October?, Wisdom. Single $1 definitive stamp with 2008 date, pane of 20; AP; no first-day cancel; Linn'sOct. 27, page 1; Nov. 3, page 14; USPS item No. 189640 (pane), 189620 (plate block of four), 189610 (single); Scott 3766a.

Oct. 2, Great Lakes Dunes. Ten 42¢ commemorative stamps (Scott 4352) and 10 picture postal cards: Vesper Sparrow (4352a, UX539), Red Fox (b, UX544), Piping Plover (c, UX540), Eastern Hognose Snake (d, UX541), Common Merganser (e, UX542), Spotted Sandpiper (f, UX547), Tiger Beetle (g, UX545), White-footed Mouse (h, UX546), Piping Plover Nestlings (i, UX543) and Red Admiral Butterfly (j, UX548); Nature of America series, pane of 10 (AV) and 10 42¢ picture postal cards in five sheets of two (AP); Empire, MI 49630; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Sept. 22, page 1; USPS item No. 462740 (pane), 462762 (pane FDC at $6.70), 462766 (picture postal card pack of 10 at $8.95), 462784 (uncut press sheet at $33.60)

Oct. 3, Tail Fins and Chrome. Five 42¢ commemorative stamps and five 27¢ picture postal cards: 1959 Cadillac Eldorado (Scott 4353, UX551), 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk (4354, UX552), 1957 Pontiac Safari (4355, UX553), 1957 Lincoln Premiere (4356, UX549) and 1957 Chrysler 300C (4357, UX550); pane of 20 (SSP) and booklet of 20 picture postal cards (AP); Carlisle, PA 17013; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Jan. 21, page 14; Sept. 29, page 1; USPS item No. 463640 (pane), 463663 (set of five FDCs at $4), 463668 (digital color postmark set of five FDCs at $7.50), 463666 (picture postal card booklet of 20 at $13.95).

Oct. 17, Alzheimer's Awareness. Single 42¢ commemorative stamp; pane of 20; AV; Morgantown, WV 26508; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Nov. 19, 2007, page 2; Dec. 17, 2007, page 14; April 14, page 2; Oct. 13, page 1; USPS item No. 463440 (pane), 463461 (FDC at 80¢); Scott 4358.

Oct. 23, Christmas Nutcrackers. Twelve 42¢ special stamps (four designs) in double-sided pane of 20 (SSP), vending booklet of 20 (SSP), ATM pane of 18 (AV): Drummer (Scott 4360 double-sided pane stamp, 4364 vending booklet stamp, 4368 ATM stamp), Santa Claus (4361, 4365, 4369), King (4362, 4366, 4370) and Solider (4363, 4367, 4371); New York, NY 10199; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Oct. 20, page 1; USPS item No. 678040 (double-sided pane of 20), 678063 (set of four double-sided pane of 20 stamp FDCs at $3.20), 678068 (set of four digital color postmark FDCs at $6), 678140 (vending booklet), 571740 (ATM pane), 571763 (set of four ATM pane stamp FDCs at $3.20).

Oct. 23, Madonna and Child by Botticelli. Single 42¢ special stamp, double-sided pane of 20; AP; New York, NY 10199; Linn's Aug. 27, 2007, page 1; Oct. 20, page 12; USPS item No. 677940 (pane), 677961 (FDC at 80¢); Scott 4359.

Oct. 24, Hanukkah. Single 42¢ special stamp, Holiday Celebrations, pane of 20; SSP; New York, NY 10199; Linn's Feb. 11, page 14; Oct. 20, page 24; USPS item No. 573140 (pane), 573161 (FDC at 80¢); Scott 4372.

Oct. 24, Kwanzaa. Single 42¢ special stamp, Holiday Celebrations, pane of 20; AP; New York, NY 10199; Linn's Feb. 11, page 14; Oct. 20, page 24; USPS item No. 573240 (pane), 573261 (FDC at 80¢); Scott 4373.

Oct. 25, Liberty Bell. Single (42¢) forever definitive stamp, vending booklet of 20; SSP; New York, NY 10199; Linn's Aug. 4, page 13; Oct. 20, page 2; Nov. 17, page 1; USPS item No. 679240 (booklet); Scott 4127j.

Delayed or canceled, Great Seal. Single 42¢ Official stamp, coil of 100; originally scheduled for June 20; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's March 31, page 18; June 30, page 2.

*Asterisks precede entries with new or changed information. New/changed information is presented in bold italics.

Stamp printing contractors are identified in the listings using the following abbreviations: AP (Ashton Potter USA Ltd.), CCL (CCL Label Inc.) and SSP (Sennett Security Products). Printing contractors for some earlier issues include AV (Avery Dennison), BEP (Bureau of Engraving and Printing), BCA (Banknote Corp. of America), GL (Guilford Gravure), and SS (Sterling Sommer).

Details of each issue listed in this program are given in the cited issues of Linn’s. Stamps are self-adhesive unless otherwise noted.

Mount Nos. refer to the appropriate ScottMount item number.

 

HOW TO ORDER STAMPS OR COVERS

Mail orders for mint stamps, uncut press sheets, postal stationery, and the Postal Service's uncacheted first-day covers (FDCs) should be sent to Stamp Fulfillment Services, Box 419636, Kansas City, MO 64141-6636. Postal Service supplied first-day covers are available only in certain formats. They usually cost the face value of the stamps affixed plus 24¢ per cover. The prices of some items, including first-day-canceled stationery, may vary. Orders should use USPS item numbers.

Stamp Fulfillment Services accepts credit card orders by telephone (800-782-6724) or fax (816-545-1212). Orders may be placed from countries other than the United States by calling 816-545-1000. An additional $5.20 shipping fee is added to standard shipping and handling charges for orders to be mailed to a foreign address.

New issues should be ordered no more than two weeks in advance of the date of issue.

Mail, phone or fax orders have a flat service charge of $1.30 for orders up to $50 if they include only prepackaged items, such as the minimum purchase of a block of four sheet stamps or a pane of definitive stamps. A fee of $2.10 is added for custom orders.

A detailed sales catalog called USA Philatelic lists the prepackaged formats. It is free on request from Information Fulfillment, Dept. 6270, U.S. Postal Service, Box 419014, Kansas City, MO 64141-6014. USA Philatelic listings include formats and USPS item numbers other than those listed here.

 

HOW TO ORDER FIRST-DAY CANCELS

The grace period for collectors to send covers for first-day cancels ends 60 days after a stamp’s issue date, unless stated otherwise in the listing.

Within the grace period, buy the stamp (or stationery item) at your local post office or philatelic center, affix it to an addressed envelope (postage must make up at least the first-class rate) and send under cover to Customer-Affixed Envelopes, Postmaster, (Name of City, State and ZIP code-9991 or the ZIP+4 code given). No remittance is required.

Most collectors use stamped, addressed return carrier envelopes or peelable return address labels that can be removed after the U.S. Postal Service returns the cover.

Plate numbers. Multistamp issues require as a minimum a plate block with every stamp design represented at least once. Plate block formats are listed by Amos Media Co. in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.

Stamp Fulfillment Services requires the purchase of a minimum number of stamps to obtain plate number markings. For stamps with face values of 1¢ to 50¢ the minimum purchase is a full pane.

For stamps with face values of 51¢ to $1.20 the minimum purchase is either a full pane or block per the catalog listing. For stamps with face values of $1.21 and up the minimum purchase is a block of four stamps. Plate numbers on most coil stamps may be obtained with a minimum purchase of 25 stamps. Stamp Fulfillment Services does not guarantee specific plate numbers.

If you collect U.S. new issues, you should own Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbooks. The 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010 yearbooks are sold individually. The 1989, 2007, 2008 and 2009 yearbooks are sold out. For additional information, or to order, visit www.amosadvantage.com, or telephone Amos Media Co. at 800-572-6885.