US Stamps

By Jay Bigalke

Arizona Memorial, Potter press sheets sold out; others to go off sale

June 03, 2014 06:55 AM

  • The press sheet without die cuts for the United States $19.99 USS Arizona Memorial Priority Mail Express stamp has sold out.

Two recent press sheets issued by the United States Postal Service have sold out.

The press sheet manufactured without die cuts for the United States $19.99 USS Arizona Memorial Priority Mail Express stamp, and the press sheet with die cuts for the Harry Potter commemorative forever stamps, are no longer available from the Postal Service.

The USS Arizona stamp press sheet with die cuts is still available. The Harry Potter press sheet without die cuts sold out shortly after it was issued in November 2013.

Five hundred USS Arizona Memorial press sheets were printed for each of the two varieties (with die cuts and without). Each press sheet comprises three panes of 10 stamps and sold for the face value of $599.70.

The Harry Potter press sheets were printed in a quantity of 2,500 for each variety and consist of six booklets of 20. The sheets sold for the face value of $55.20 when issued at the 46¢ rate, and for $58.80 at the current 49¢ rate.

U.S. Postal Service spokesman Mark Saunders confirmed to Linn’s that both items were removed from sale in May. The item numbers for the two press sheets were included in a Postal Service listing of items being taken off sale June 30.

Other press sheets — both with and without die cuts — slated to go off sale June 30 are the 86¢ Tufted Puffins stamp, the 66¢ Spicebush Swallowtail stamp, the 33¢ Apples stamps, the Lady Bird Johnson forever stamps, the 66¢ Yes I Do stamp, the Where Dreams Blossom forever stamp, and the 66¢ Wedding Cake stamp.

Press sheets of forever stamps with die cuts that will be taken off sale are the Modern Art in America pane, the Pixar Films: Send a Hello stamps, the Ronald Reagan stamp, the Go Green set, and the John H. Johnson stamp.

Press sheets and sheet varieties without die cuts are not assigned separate Scott catalog major numbers by the Scott editors. Instead, they are mentioned and valued in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers in a footnote following the issue listing.