2016 U.S. Stamp Program

September 19, 2016 05:40 PM

  • The Sarah Vaughan commemorative forever stamp was released March 29.

Forever stamp prices changed as the result of a 2¢ first-class letter rate decrease April 10, which reduced the price of a single forever stamp from 49¢ to 47¢.

Jan. 12, Quilled Paper Heart. One (49¢) forever special stamp; pane of 20; Love series; SSP; Dallas, TX 75260; Linn’s Jan. 11, page 1; USPS item No. 586304 (pane), 586316 (FDC at 93¢), 586321 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64) sold out (press sheet with die cuts), sold out (press sheet without die cuts); Scott 5036.

Jan. 17, Red Pears. One 10¢ definitive stamp in coil of 10,000; BCA; Washington, DC 20090; Linn’s Feb. 8, page 1; USPS item No. 799304 (full coil at $1,000), 799315 (strip of 500 at $50); 799316 (FDC at $1.03); Scott 5039.

Jan. 17, La Cueva del Indio. One $6.45 Priority Mail definitive stamp; pane of 10; American Landmarks series; AP; Washington, DC 20090; Linn’s Feb. 8, page 22; USPS item No. 119104 (pane), 119116 (FDC at $6.89), 119121 (digital color postmark FDC at $7.60), 119106 (press sheet with die cuts at $387), sold out (press sheet without die cuts at $387); Scott 5040.

Jan. 17, La Cueva del Indio. One $6.45 Priority Mail stamped envelope; Washington, DC.; USPS item No. 232616 (FDC at $6.89); Scott U693.

Jan. 17, Columbia River Gorge. One $22.95 Priority Mail Express definitive stamp; pane of 10; BCA; Linn’s Feb. 8, page 22; Washington, DC 20090; USPS item No. 119304 (pane), 119316 (FDC at $23.39), 119321 (digital color postmark FDC at $24.10), 119306 (press sheet with die cuts at $688.50), sold out (press sheet without die cuts at $688.50); Scott 5041.

Jan. 29, Botanical Art. Ten (49¢) definitive forever stamps: corn lilies (Scott 5042), streaked tulips on dark background (5043), solid color tulips (5044), dahlias (5045), stocks (5046), roses (5047), Japanese irises (5048), streaked tulips on pale background (5049), petunias (5050), jonquils (5051); pane of 10, AP; double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet format); Atlanta, GA 30303; Linn’s Jan. 25, page 1; USPS item No. 678704 (pane of 10); 680604 (double-sided pane of 20), 680616 (FDC set of 10 at $9.30), 680621 (digital color postmark FDC set of 10 at $16.40) 680606 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20), sold out (press sheet without die cuts).

Jan. 29, U.S. Flag. Four (49¢) forever definitive stamps (single design); pane of 10 (SSP), double-sided pane of 20 (AP, SSP), coil of 100 (AP, SSP); Washington, DC 20090; Linn’s Feb. 22, page 12; USPS item No. 679104 (pane of 10), 680504 (AP double-sided pane of 20), 680502 (SSP double-sided pane of 20), 787304 (AP coil of 100), 787302 (SSP coil of 100), 680516 (FDC from pane of 20 at 93¢), 787316 (FDC from coil at 93¢); Scott 5052 (SSP coil), 5053 (AP coil), 5054 (SSP pane), 5055 (AP pane).

Feb. 2, Richard Allen. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; Black Heritage series; Philadelphia, PA 19153; Linn’s Feb. 1, page 10; AP; USPS item No. 473504 (pane); 473516 (FDC at 93¢); 473521 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64); 473506 (press sheet with die cuts), sold out (press sheet without die cuts); Scott 5056.

Feb. 5, Year of the Monkey. One (47¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 12; BCA; Lunar New Year series; Jamaica, NY 11432; Linn’s Feb. 8, page 10; USPS item No. 586504 (pane of 12); 586516 (FDC at 93¢), 586521 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), sold out (press sheet with die cuts), sold out (press sheet without die cuts); Scott 5057.

Feb. 19, Grapes. One 5¢ definitive stamp in coil of 10,000; AP; Kansas City, MO 64121; Linn’s March 7, page 14; USPS item No. 781904 (full coil at $500), 781915 (strip of 500 at $25); Scott 5038.

Feb. 22, Moon. One ($1.15) global forever stamp; pane of 10; BCA; Washington, DC 20090; Linn’s March 7, page 1; USPS item No. 589204 (pane of 10); 589216 (FDC at $1.64), 589221 (digital color postmark FDC at $2.35), 589206 (press sheet with die cuts at $115); Scott 5058.

March 29, Sarah Vaughan. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 16; Music Icons series; AP; Newark, NJ 07102; Linn’s March 28, page 1; USPS item No. 586404 (pane of 16); 586416 (FDC at 93¢), 586421 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 586406 (press sheet with die cuts at $67.68); Scott 5059.

April 18, Shirley Temple. One (47¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; Legends of Hollywood series; AP; Los Angeles, CA 90052; Linn’s April 11, page 10; USPS item No. 473904 (pane of 20); 473916 (FDC at 91¢), 473921 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.62), 473906 (press sheet with die cuts at $84.60); Scott 5060.

April 28, USA Star. One nondenominated (5¢) nonprofit rate stamp; coil of 10,000; Dulles, VA 20103; AP; Linn’s April 11, page 12; USPS item 777500 (coil of 10,000), 777503 (strip of 25), 777516 (first-day cover); Scott 5061.

May 28, World Stamp Show-NY 2016. Two (47¢) commemorative forever stamps promoting stamp show; 12 blue stamps (Scott 5062) and 12 red stamps (5063) in folio of 24; New York, NY 10199; BCA; USPS item No. 586904 (folio of 24 stamps), 586916 (FDC set of two at $1.82), 586921 (digital color postmark FDC set of two at $3.24), 586906 (press sheet with die cuts at $45.12).

May 29, Repeal of the Stamp Act, 1766. One (47¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 10; New York, NY 10199; BCA; Linn’s May 23, page 13; USPS item No. 586704 (souvenir sheet of 10), 586716 (FDC at 91¢), 586721 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.62), 586706 (press sheet with die cuts at $56.40); Scott 5064.

May 30, Service Cross Medals. Four (47¢) commemorative forever stamps: Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Coast Guard Cross; pane of 12; New York, NY 10199; BCA; Linn’s May 23, page 14; USPS item No. 561104 (pane), 561116 (FDC set of four at $3.64), 561121 (digital color postmark FDC set of four at $6.48), 561106 (press sheet with die cut at $67.68); Scott 5065.

May 31, Views of Our Planets. Eight (47¢) commemorative forever stamps showing Mercury (Scott 5069), Venus (5070), Earth (5071), Mars (5072), Jupiter (5073), Saturn (5074), Uranus (5075), Neptune (5076); pane of 16; New York, NY 10199; AP; Linn’s May 30, page 20; USPS item No. 473604 (pane), 473616 (FDC set of eight at $7.28), 473621 (digital color postmark FDC set of eight at $12.96), 473606 (press sheet with die cuts at $60.16).

May 31, Pluto Explored. Two (47¢) commemorative forever stamps in souvenir sheet of four showing Pluto (Scott 5077), New Horizons spacecraft (5078); New York, NY 10199; AP; Linn’s May 30, page 20; USPS item No. 586604 (souvenir sheet), 586616 (FDC set of two at $1.82), 586621 (digital color postmark FDC set of two at $3.24), 586606 (press sheet with die cuts at $26.32).

June 1, Classics Forever. Six (47¢) commemorative forever stamps with designs of classic stamps: 1851 12¢ George Washington (Scott 5079a), 1851 1¢ Benjamin Franklin (5079b), 1860 24¢ George Washington (5079c), 1860 90¢ George Washington (5079d), 1866 15¢ Abraham Lincoln (5079e), 1861 1¢ Benjamin Franklin (5079f); pane of six; New York, NY 10199; BCA; Linn’s May 30, page 1; USPS item No. 586804 (pane), 586816 (FDC set of six at $5.46), 586821 (digital color postmark FDC set of six at $9.72), 586806 (press sheet with die cuts at $28.20).

June 2, National Parks. Sixteen (47¢) commemorative forever stamps honoring national parks; pane of 16; New York, NY 10199; BCA; Linn’s May 30, page 22; USPS item No. 560604 (pane), 560616 (FDC set of 16 at $14.56), 560621 (digital color postmark FDC set of 16 at $25.92), 560606 (press sheet with die cuts at $67.68); Scott 5080.

June 3, Colorful Celebrations. Ten (47¢) forever stamps showing light blue bird and flower (Scott 5081), orange birds and flowers (5082), purple flowers (5083), magenta four rounded flowers (5084), light blue flowers (5085), orange flowers (5086), purple hummingbirds and flowers (5087), magenta bird and flower (5088), magenta five flowers (5089), purple two doves with flower (5090); double-sided pane of 20; New York, NY 10199; BCA; Linn’s May 30, page 11; USPS item No. 681004 (pane), 681016 (FDC set of 10 at $9.10), 681021 (digital color postmark FDC set of 10 at $16.20), 681006 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20).

June 7, Indiana Statehood. One (47¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; Indianapolis, IN 46298; AP; Linn’s June 6, page 1; USPS item No. 473704 (pane) 473716 (FDC at 91¢), 473721 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.62), 473706 (press sheet with die cuts at $56.40); Scott 5091.

June 10, Eid Greetings. One (47¢) special forever stamp; pane of 20; Dearborn, MI 48120; BCA; Linn’s June 6, page 14; USPS item No. 556204 (pane) 556216 (FDC at 91¢), 556221 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.62), 556206 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20); Scott 5092.

June 26, Trumpeter Swans. Two $25 federal migratory waterfowl hunting and conservation stamps issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, water-activated pane of 20 (Scott RW83) and self-adhesive pane of one (RW83A); Springfield, MO 65807; AP; Linn’s June 13, page 22; USPS item No. 335404 (pane of 20), 335504 (pane of one), 335406 (pane of 20 press sheet at $1,950), 335506 (pane of one press sheet at $585).

June 30, Soda Fountain Favorites. Five (47¢) forever stamps: ice cream cone (Scott 5093), egg cream (5094), banana split (5095), root beer float (5096), hot fudge sundae (5097); pane of 20; Nashville, TN 37228; BCA; Linn’s June 27, page 11; USPS item No. 680804 (pane) 680816 (FDC set of five at $4.55), 680821 (digital color postmark FDC set of five at $8.10), 680806 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20).

*July 6, Star Quilts. Two (25¢) presorted first-class stamps; stamp with three red diamonds at base of outer blue points (Scott 5098), four red diamonds at base (5099); coils of 3,000 and 10,000; Washington, DC 20260; BCA; Linn’s July 4, page 10; USPS item No. 781000 (coil of 3,000), 799900 (coil of 10,000), 781003 (strip of 25 from coil of 3,000), 799903 (strip of 25 from coil of 10,000), 799916 (first-day cover with two stamps).

*July 13, Jaime Escalante. One (47¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; Washington, DC 20090; BCA; Linn’s July 11, page 10; USPS item No. 473804 (pane); 473816 (FDC at 91¢); 473821 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.62); 473806 (press sheet with die cut at $84.60); Scott 5100.

*July 15, Pickup Trucks. Four (47¢) commemorative forever stamps: 1938 International Harvester D-2 (Scott 5101), 1953 Chevrolet (5102), 1948 Ford F-1 (5103), 1965 Ford F-100 (5104); double-sided pane of 20; Syracuse, NY 13220; BCA; Linn’s July 11, page 1; USPS item No. 680904 (double-sided pane), 680916 (FDC set of four at $3.64), 680921 (digital color postmark FDC set of four at $6.48), 680906 (press sheet with die cut at $75.20).

July 31, Henry James. One (89¢) 3-ounce rate stamp; pane of 20; Literary Arts series; Dulles, VA 20103; BCA; Linn’s July 25, page 1; USPS item No. 119404 (pane of 20); 119416 (FDC at $1.33), 119417 (FDC with date error at $1.33), 119421 (digital color postmark FDC at $2.04), 119406 (press sheet with die cuts at $106.80).

Aug. 2, Pets. Twenty (47¢) definitive forever stamps: puppies, betta fish, iguanas, hamsters, goldfish, kittens, rabbits, tortoises, guinea pigs, parrots, corn snakes, mice, hermit crabs, chinchillas, gerbils, geckos, cats, horses, parakeets, dogs; double-sided pane of 20; Las Vegas, NV 89119; AP; Linn’s Aug. 1, page 12; USPS item No. 680704 (pane), 680716 (FDC set of 20 at $18.20), 680721 (digital color postmark FDC set of 20 at $32.40), 680706 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20).

Aug. 4, Songbirds in Snow. Four (47¢) definitive forever stamps: golden-crowned kinglet, cedar waxwing, northern cardinal, red-breasted nuthatch; double-sided pane of 20; Portland, OR 97208; AP; Linn’s Aug. 8, page 10; USPS item No. 681104 (pane), 681116 (FDC set of four at $3.64), 681121 (digital color postmark FDC set of four at $6.48), 681106 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20).

Aug. 12, Apples. One 1¢ definitive stamp; coils of 3,000 and 10,000; Kansas City, MO 64144; AP; Linn’s Aug. 22, page 14; USPS item No. 780015 (strip of 500 at $5), 782304 (coil of 3,000), 780004 (coil of 10,000); 780016 (FDC from coil of 10,000 at 92¢).

Aug. 19, Patriotic Spiral. Two (47¢) definitive forever stamps, single design of 25 red stars and 25 blue stars surrounding one gold star;  booklet of 10, Falls Church, VA 22046; coil of 10,000, Kansas City, MO 64144; AP; Linn’s Aug. 22, page 16; Sept. 5, page 23; USPS item No. 671304 (pane of 10), 7600013 (two strips of 10 from coil at $9.40), 760003 (strip of 25 with plate No. at $11.25), 760015 (strip of 500 at $235), 760004 (coil of 10,000), 671316 (FDC from pane at 91¢), 760016 (FDC from coil at 91¢).

Sept. 2, Star Trek. Four (47¢) commemorative forever stamps: insignia and starship, crewman in transporter, starship silhouette, starship in hand salute; pane of 20; New York, NY 10199; AP; Linn’s Aug. 29, page 14; USPS item No. 474004 (pane of 20), 474016 (FDC set of four at $3.64); 474021 (digital color postmark FDC set of four at $6.48); 474006 (press sheet with die cuts at $56.40).

*Sept. 24, Eastern Tailed-Blue Butterfly. One nondenominated (68¢) nonmachineable surcharge rate stamp; pane of 20; Kansas City, MO 64108; AP; USPS item No. 119504 (pane of 20); 119516 (FDC at $1.12), 119521 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.83).

Sept. 29, Jack-O’-Lanterns. Four (47¢) commemorative forever stamps showing jack-o’-lanterns; double-sided pane of 20; Anoka, MN 55303; BCA; Linn’s Sept. 26, page 1; USPS item No. 681404 (double-sided pane), 681416 (FDC set of four at $3.64), 681421 (digital color postmark FDC set of four at $6.48), 681406 (press sheet with die cuts at $56.40).

*Oct. 1, Kwanzaa. One (47¢) special forever stamp, pane of 20; Charleston, SC 29403; BCA; Linn’s Sept. 26, page 12; USPS item No. 556604 (pane), 556616 (FDC at 91¢), 556621 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.62), 556606 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20).

*Oct. 5, Diwali. One (47¢) special forever stamp, pane of 20; New York, NY 10199; AP; USPS item No. 588804 (pane), 588816 (FDC at 91¢), 588821 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.62), 588806 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20).

*Oct. 6, Holiday Window Views. Four special forever stamps showing candle, star ornament, Christmas tree, wreath; double-sided pane of 20; New York, NY 10199; BCA; USPS item No. 681504 (double-sided pane); 681516 (FDC set of four at $3.64), 681521 (digital color postmark FDC set of four at $6.48), 681506 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20).

*Oct. 6?, Nativity. One (47¢) special forever stamp, double-sided pane of 20; New York, NY.

*Oct. 6?, Hanukkah. One (47¢) special forever stamp, pane of 20; New York, NY.

*Oct. 7, Wonder Woman. Four (47¢) commemorative forever stamps: golden age, silver age, bronze age, modern age depictions of Wonder Woman; pane of 20; New York, NY 10199; BCA; USPS item No. 474104 (pane) 474116 (FDC set of four at $3.64), 474121 (digital color postmark FDC set of four at $6.48), 474106 (press sheet with die cuts at $84.60).

*Oct. 11, Florentine Madonna and Child. One (47¢) special forever stamp, double-sided pane of 20; Washington, DC 20002; AP; USPS item No. 681304 (double-sided pane of 20); 681316 (FDC at 91), 681321 (digital color postmark FDC at $6.48), 681306 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20).

*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.), BCA (Banknote Corporation of America) and SSP (Sennett Security Products).

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

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 7247, Philadelphia, PA 19101-9014. 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.

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 the Scott editors 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.