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2017 U.S. Stamp Program

August 14, 2017 09:15 AM

  • The United States Postal Service will issue a pane of 12 stamps honoring Andrew Wyeth July 12.

The 2017 U.S. stamp program is tentative. Stamp subjects, issue dates, formats and locations might change. The United States Postal Service increased the cost of a forever stamp by 2¢, to 49¢, effective Jan. 22.

January (USPS reports Nov. 3, 2016, issue date), Northern Cardinal. One (47¢) forever stamped envelope, No. 10 size; AP; Linn’s, Jan. 23, page 1; USPS item No. 882105 (pack of 12); Scott U694.

Jan. 5, Year of the Rooster. One (47¢) forever commemorative stamp, pane of 12; BCA; Lunar New Year series; Seattle, WA 98134; Linn’s Dec. 26, 2016, page 1; USPS item No. 552004 (pane of 12), 552016 (FDC at 91¢), 552021 (color postmark FDC at $1.62), 552006 (press sheet with die cuts at $33.84); Scott 5154.

Jan. 7, Love Skywriting. One (47¢) forever special stamp, pane of 20; BCA; Chino, CA 91710; Linn’s, Jan. 2, page 12; USPS item No. 561604 (pane of 20), 561616 (FDC at 91¢), 561621 (color postmark FDC at $1.62), 561606 (press sheet with die cuts at $75.20); Scott 5155.

Jan. 22, Liliuokalani Gardens. One $6.65 Priority Mail flat-rate stamped envelope, American Landmarks series; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s, March 13, page 15; USPS item No. 232705 (pack of five at $33.25), 232716 (FDC at $7.09).

Jan. 22, Liliuokalani Gardens. One $6.65 Priority Mail definitive stamp, pane of four, American Landmarks series, AP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s, Feb. 6, page 16; USPS item No. 119904 (pane of four), 119916 (FDC at $7.09), 119921 (color postmark FDC at $7.80); Scott 5156.

Jan. 22, Gateway Arch. One $23.75 Priority Mail Express definitive stamp, pane of four, AP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s, Feb. 6, page 16; USPS item No. 111304 (pane of four), 111316 (FDC at $24.19), 111321 (color postmark FDC at $24.90); Scott 5157.

*Jan. 27, U.S. Flag. Five (49¢) definitive forever stamps (single design); pane of 10 (BCA), double-sided pane of 20 (AP, BCA), coil of 100 (AP, BCA), ATM pane of 18 (AP); Norcross, GA 30071; Linn’s, Jan. 23, page 22; USPS item No. 674704 (pane of 10), 672002 (BCA double-sided pane of 20); 672004 (AP double-sided pane of 20), 749802 (BCA coil of 100); 749804 (AP coil of 100), sold out (ATM pane of 18), 672016 (FDC from pane of 20 at 93¢), 749816 (FDC from coil at 93¢); Scott 5158 (BCA coil), 5159 (AP coil), 5160 (BCA pane), 5161 (AP pane), 5162 (AP ATM pane).

Jan. 28, Seashells. Eight (34¢) definitive postcard-rate stamps: Queen Conch (Scott 5163 pane, 5169 coil), Pacific Calico Scallop (5164 pane, 5170 coil), Alphabet Cone (5165 pane, 5167 coil), Zebra Nerite (5166 pane, 5168 coil); pane of 20, coil of 100; AP; San Diego, CA 92199; Linn’s, Jan. 23, page 10; USPS item No. 119604 (pane), 749900 (coil), 119616 (two-stamp FDC, set of four from pane at $4.48), 749916 (two-stamp FDC, set of four from coil at $4.48).

Feb. 1, Dorothy Height. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 20, Black Heritage series; AP; Washington, DC 20005; Linn’s, Jan. 30, page 1; USPS item No. 474304 (pane of 20), 474316 (FDC at 93¢), 474321 (color postmark FDC at $1.64), 474306 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80); Scott 5171.

Feb. 10, USA Star. One (5¢) Nonprofit mail stamp in coils of 3,000 and 10,000; AP; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310; Linn’s, Feb. 6, page 10; USPS item No. 755103 (strip of 25 at $1.25), 755104 (coil of 3,000), 760204 (coil of 10,000); Scott 5172.

Feb. 16, Oscar de la Renta. Eleven (49¢) commemorative forever stamps, pane of 11; Oscar de la Renta signature and: photo of de la Renta (Scott 5173a), dark pink fabric with silver vine pattern and no pleats (5173b), green fabric dress (5173c), silver pattern on black fabric (5173d), red fabric dress (5173e), floral pattern on green background (5173f), dark blue fabric (5173g), floral pattern on white background (5173h), yellow fabric dress (5173i), dark pink with silver flower pattern and pleats at bottom (5173j), pink fabric with no pattern (5173k); AP; New York, NY 10199; Linn’s, Feb. 13, page 14; USPS item No. 562704 (pane), 562716 (FDC set of 11 at $10.23), 562721 (color postmark FDC set of 11 at $18.04), 562706 (press sheet with die cuts at $48.51).

Feb. 18, Uncle Sam’s Hat. One (21¢) definitive additional ounce-rate stamp; pane of 20; BCA; Mesa, AZ 85201; Linn’s, Feb. 13, page 10; USPS item No. 119704 (pane), 119716 (FDC at $1.14); Scott 5174.

Feb. 20, John F. Kennedy. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 12; BCA; Boston, MA 02205; Linn’s, Feb. 13, page 12; USPS item No. 474604 (pane), 474616 (FDC at 93¢), 474621 (color postmark FDC at $1.64); 474606 (press sheet with die cuts at $47.04); Scott 5175.

Feb. 24, Grapes. One 5¢ definitive stamp, pane of 20; AP; Grapevine, TX 76051; Linn’s, Feb. 27, page 17; USPS item No. 111404 (pane), 111416 (FDC at 98¢); Scott 5177.

March 1, Nebraska Statehood. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 20; AP; Lincoln, NE 68501; Linn’s, Feb. 27, page 10; USPS item No. 474404 (pane), 474416 (FDC at 93¢), 474421 (color postmark FDC at $1.64); 474406 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80); Scott 5179.

March 3, Barn Swallow. One (49¢) definitive stamped envelope; multiple formats; AP; Reno, NV 89510; Linn’s, Feb. 27, page 21; USPS item Nos. (moisture-activated adhesive flap) 291504 (No. 10), 291604 (No. 10 window), 291104 (No. 9), 291204 (No. 9 window), 280704 (No. 6¾), 280804 (No. 6¾ window); (self-adhesive flap) 291304 (No. 10), 291404 (No. 10 window), 290904 (No. 9), 291004 (No. 9 window), 280504 (No. 6¾), 280604 (No. 6¾ window); (moisture-activated adhesive flap, all first-day covers at 73¢) 291516 (No. 10 FDC), 291616 (No. 10 window FDC), 291116 (No. 9 FDC), 291216 (No. 9 window FDC), 280716 (No. 6¾ FDC), 280816 (No. 6¾ window FDC); (self-adhesive flap) 291316 (No. 10 FDC), 291416 (No. 10 window FDC), 290916 (No. 9 FDC), 291016 (No. 9 window FDC), 280516 (No. 6¾ FDC), 280616 (No. 6¾ window FDC); Scott U696.

March 7, WPA Posters. Ten (49¢) commemorative forever stamps, double-sided pane of 20: See America (Scott 5180), Work Pays (5181), Field Day (5182), Puerto Rico (5183), Municipal AIrports (5184), Foreign Trade Zone (5185), Visit the Zoo (5186), Work with Care (5187), The National Parks (5188), Hiking (5189); AP; Hyde Park, NY 12538; Linn’s, March 6, page 1; USPS item No. 674604 (pane), 674616 (FDC set of 10 at $9.30), 674621 (color postmark FDC set of 10 at $16.40), 674606 (press sheet with die cuts at $78.40).

March 23, Pears. One 10¢ definitive stamp, pane of 20; BCA; Cleveland, OH 44101; Linn’s, March 13, page 10; USPS item No. 111504 (pane of 20), 111516 (FDC at $1.03); Scott 5178.

March 31, Mississippi Statehood. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 20; AP; Gulfport, MS 39503; Linn’s, March 27, page 12; USPS item No. 474804 (pane), 474816 (FDC at 93¢), 474821 (color postmark FDC at $1.64); 474806 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80); Scott 5190.

April 11, Robert Panara. One (70¢) 2-ounce rate stamp, pane of 20; BCA; Rochester, NY 14692; Linn’s, April 3, page 1; USPS item No. 114004 (pane), 114016 (FDC at $1.14), 114021 (color postmark FDC at $1.85); Scott 5191.

April 20, Delicioso. Six (49¢) forever stamps showing tamales (Scott 5192), flan (5193), sancocho (5194), empanadas (5195), chile relleno (5196), ceviche (5197); double-sided pane of 20; BCA; Albuquerque, NM 87101; Linn’s, April 10, page 1; USPS item No. 672704 (pane), 672716 (FDC set of six at $5.58), 672721 (color postmark FDC set of six at $9.84), 672706 (press sheet with die cuts at $78.40).

April 28, Green Succulent. One ($1.15) global forever stamp depicting echeveria plant, pane of 10; AP; San Francisco, CA 94188; Linn’s, April 24, page 1; May 1, page 15; USPS item No. 564504 (pane), 564516 (FDC at $1.59), 564521 (color postmark FDC at $2.30); Scott 5198.

May 2, Boutonniere. One (49¢) forever stamp; pane of 20; BCA; St. Louis, MO 63155; Linn’s, May 1, page 16; USPS item No. 563304 (pane), 563316 (FDC at 93¢), 563321 (color postmark FDC at $1.64); Scott 5199.

May 2, Corsage. One (70¢) 2-ounce rate stamp, pane of 20; BCA; St. Louis, MO 63155; Linn’s, May 1, page 16; USPS item No. 563004 (pane), 563016 (FDC at $1.14), 563021 (color postmark FDC at $1.85); Scott 5200.

May 5, Strawberries. One 3¢ stamp, coil of 10,000; AP; Acton, MA 01720; Linn’s, May 1, page 10; USPS item No. 760316 (FDC at 96¢); Scott 5201.

May 23, Henry David Thoreau. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 20; BCA; Concord, MA 01742; Linn’s, May 8, page 10; USPS item No. 475104 (pane), 475116 (FDC at 93¢), 475121 (color postmark FDC at $1.64), 475106 (press sheet with die cuts at $88.20); Scott 5202.

June 14, Sports Balls. Eight (49¢) round forever stamps showing football (Scott 5203), volleyball (5204), soccer ball (5205), golf ball (5206), baseball (5207), basketball (5208), tennis ball (5209), kickball (5210); AP; Hartford, WI 53027; Linn’s, June 5, page 1; USPS item No. 474904 (pane), 474916 (FDC set of eight at $7.44), 474921 (color postmark FDC set of eight at $13.12), 474906 (press sheet with die cuts at $62.72).

June 20, Total Solar Eclipse. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 16; Laramie, WY 82072; Linn’s, May 22, page 1; June 12, page 10; USPS item No. 475304 (pane), 475316 (FDC at 93¢), 475321 (color postmark FDC at $1.64), 475306 (press sheet with die cuts at $62.72); Scott 5211.

June 26, Canada Geese. Two $25 federal migratory waterfowl hunting and conservation stamps issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, moisture-activated pane of 20 (Scott RW84) and self-adhesive pane of one (RW84A); AP; Little Rock, AR 72210; Linn’s, June 26, page 10; USPS item No. 335601 (moisture activated single stamp), 335604 (pane of 20), 335704 (pane of one), 335606 (pane of 20 press sheet at $1,950), 335706 (pane of one press sheet at $585). 

July 12, Andrew Wyeth. Twelve (49¢) commemorative forever stamps, pane of 12; AP; Chadds Ford, PA 19317; Linn’s, July 3, page 1; USPS item No. 475004 (pane), 475016 (FDC set of 12 at $11.16), 475021 (color postmark FDC set of 12 at $19.68), 475006 (press sheet with die cuts at $52.92).

July 15, Disney Villains. Ten (49¢) commemorative forever stamps, showing the Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Honest John, Lady Tremaine, the Queen of Hearts, Captain Hook, Maleficent, Cruella De Vil, Ursula, Gaston, and Scar; pane of 20; Anaheim, CA 92803; Linn’s, July 10, page 1; July 24, page 11; USPS item No. 475404 (pane), 475416 (FDC set of 10 at $9.30), 475421 (color postmark FDC set of 10 at $16.40), 475406 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80).

July 26, Sharks. Five (49¢) commemorative forever stamps showing shortfin mako shark, pelagic thresher shark; great white shark; whale shark; scalloped hammerhead shark; pane of 20; BCA; Newport, KY 41071; Linn’s, July 24, page 1; USPS item No. 474504 (pane), 474516 (FDC set of five at $4.65), 4745021 (color postmark FDC set of five at $8.20), 474506 (press sheet with die cuts at $88.20).

Aug. 3, Protect Pollinators. Five (49¢) forever stamps showing monarch butterfly on purple flower, Western honeybee on yellow flower, monarch butterfly on red flower, Western honeybee on purple flower, monarch butterfly on yellow flowering plant; pane of 20; AP; Richmond, VA 23232; Linn’s, July 31, page 1; USPS item No. 475204 (pane), 475216 (FDC set of five at $4.65), 475221 (color postmark FDC set of five at $8.20), 475206 (press sheet with die cuts at $88.20).

Aug. 11, Azulillo Chilean Blue Crocus. One (34¢) forever postal card and (68¢) double reply postal card; AP; Independence, OH 44131; Linn’s, Aug. 7, page 1; USPS item No. 250004 (single at 38¢), 250400 (double at 76¢), 250500 (uncut sheet of 40 single cards at $15.20); 250016 (single FDC at 50¢); 250416 (double FDC at 88¢).

Aug. 16, Flowers from the Garden. Four (49¢) definitive forever stamps showing red camellias, white hydrangeas with roses, peonies, blue hydrangeas; double-sided pane of 20, coils of 3,000 and 10,000; BCA; Sioux Falls, SD 57104; Linn’s, Aug. 14, page 1; USPS item No. 672104 (double-sided pane); 760104 (coil of 10,000); 755004 (coil of 3,000); 755015 (strip of 500); 755003 (strip of 25 with plate No.); 672116 (pane FDC set of four at $3.72), 672121 (pane color postmark FDC set of four at $6.56), 672106 (press sheet with die cuts at $78.40); 760116 (coil FDC set of four at $3.72), 760121 (coil color postmark FDC set of four at $6.56).

*Sept. 1, Father Ted Hesburgh. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 20, coil of 50; AP; Notre Dame, IN 46556; Linn’s, Aug. 28, page 1; USPS item No. 474704 (pane), 474716 (pane FDC at 93¢), 474721 (pane color postmark FDC at $1.64), 799404 (coil of 50), 799416 (coil FDC at 93¢), 799421 (coil color postmark FDC at $1.64), 475106 (press sheet with die cuts at $88.20).

*Sept. 24, National Museum of African American History and Culture. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 20; BCA; Washington, DC 20005; USPS item No. 474204 (pane), 474216 (pane FDC at 93¢), 474221 (color postmark FDC at $1.64), 474206 (press sheet with die cuts at $88.20).

*Fall?, California Dogface Butterfly. One (70¢) definitive nonmachineable surcharge-rate stamp; pane of 20.

Oct. 4, The Snowy Day. Four (49¢) forever stamps showing little boy Peter near door, sliding down hill, making snow angel, looking at footprints; Brooklyn, NY.

Oct. 5, Christmas Carols. Four (49¢) forever stamps showing Christmas cookies, sleeping lamb, horse, Santa Claus and child; New York, NY.

Date TBA, Semipostal. Subject to be announced.

*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 19101-7097. 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 U.S. Postal Service, USA Philatelic Request, Box 219014, Kansas City, MO 64121-9014. 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 FDOI — (name of stamp issue), USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services, 8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300, Kansas City, MO 64144-9900. 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.