US Stamps

By Jay Bigalke

Eleven forever stamp issues and others to go off sale June 30

May 01, 2014 06:55 AM

  • The United States Modern Art in America forever stamp pane of 12 is scheduled to go off sale June 30. This stamp set is one of 11 forever stamp issues slated to be removed from sale on that date.

Eleven United States forever stamp issues, one forever postal card and five denominated stamps are scheduled to go off sale June 30.

The “last chance” announcement for stamps sold through Stamp Fulfillment Services was included in the second-quarter edition of the U.S. Postal Service’s USA Philatelic catalog for stamp collectors published in mid-April.

Most of the forever stamp issues are from 2011 and 2012.

However, the Modern Art in America forever stamp pane of 12 stamps and the Vintage Seed Packets double-sided booklet pane of 12, both issued in 2013, are also included on the list.

It is possible that quantities for some of these issues are low.

Others might be removed from sale because of lagging sales.

Lagging sales seem likely for the Sailboats forever postal card issued in a sheet of four format in June 2012.

This sheet format will be removed from sale in addition to the single-card format.

The definitive stamps being removed from sale are all at now-obsolete postage rates.

The 2011 commemorative stamp issues going off sale are the Year of the Rabbit, Go Green, Ronald Reagan and Send a Hello showing characters from Disney-Pixar Films.

The 2012 issues are New Mexico Statehood, Louisiana Statehood, Year of the Dragon, Lady Bird Johnson and the Four Flags stamps issued in multiple formats.

The denominated stamps included are the 86¢ Tufted Puffins, the 66¢ Wedding Cake, the 66¢ Yes I Do, the 66¢ Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly, and the $19.95 Grand Central Terminal stamp.

The USA Philatelic catalog only provided item numbers for the full panes of each stamp, not for press sheets, first-day covers and so on.

It is possible that those additional products will also go off sale, but that was not clearly stated in the catalog.