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2018 U.S. Stamp Program

February 19, 2018 08:50 AM

  • The United States Postal Service plans to issue a forever stamp in 2018 to honor astronaut Sally Ride.

The 2018 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 1¢, to 50¢, effective Jan. 21.

Jan. 11, Year of the Dog. One (49¢) forever commemorative stamp, pane of 12; BCA; Lunar New Year series; Honolulu, HI 96820; Linn’s, Jan. 8, page 14; USPS item No. 564804 (pane of 12), 564816 (FDC at 93¢), 564821 (color postmark FDC at $1.64), 564806 (press sheet at $35.28).

Jan. 18, Love Flourishes. One (49¢) forever special stamp, pane of 20; BCA; Phoenix, AZ 85026; Linn’s, Jan. 22, page 19. USPS item No. 564704 (pane of 20); 564716 (FDC at 93¢), 564721 (color postmark FDC at $1.64), 564706 (press sheet at $78.40).

Jan. 19, Lemon. One 2¢ definitive stamp, coil of 10,000; BCA; Kenner, LA 70062; Linn’s, Jan. 22, page 14; USPS item No. 760415 (strip of 500), 760404 (coil of 10,000); 760416 (first-day cover at 95¢).

Jan. 21, Byodo-In Temple. One $6.70 Priority Mail flat-rate stamped envelope; American Landmarks series; Kansas City, MO 64108;  Linn’s, Feb. 12, page 13; USPS item No. 232805 (pack of five), 232816 (FDC at $7.14).

Jan. 21, Byodo-In Temple. One $6.70 Priority Mail definitive stamp, pane of four; AP;  American Landmarks series; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s, Jan. 22, page 10; USPS item No. 114104 (pane of four), 114116 (FDC at $7.14), 114121 (color postmark FDC at $7.85).

Jan. 21, Sleeping Bear Dunes. One $24.70 Priority Mail Express definitive stamp, pane of four; AP; American Landmarks series; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s, Jan. 22, page 10; USPS item No. 119804 (pane of four), 119816 (FDC at $25.14), 119821 (color postmark FDC at $25.85).

Jan. 30, Lena Horne. One (50¢) forever commemorative stamp, pane of 20; BCA; Black Heritage series; New York, NY; Linn’s, Jan. 29, page 1; USPS item No. 476904 (pane of 20), 476916 (FDC at 94¢), 476921 (color postmark FDC at $1.65), 476906 (press sheet at $60).

Feb. 9, U.S. Flag. Four (50¢) forever definitive stamps in two double-sided panes of 20 and two coils of 100; Fort Lauderdale, FL 33310; Linn’s, Feb. 5, page 1; USPS item No. 678202 (BCA pane), 678204 (AP pane), 749702 (BCA coil), 749704 (AP coil).

*Feb. 22, Bioluminescent Life. Ten (50¢) forever commemorative stamps picturing deep-ocean octopus, midwater jellyfish, deep-sea comb jelly, mushroom, firefly, bamboo coral, white marine worm, crown jellyfish, pale blue marine worm, sea pen; pane of 20; BCA; Fort Pierce, FL 34950; Linn’s, Feb. 26, page 1; USPS item No. 475704 (pane of 20), 475716 (FDC set of 10 at $9.40), 475721 (color postmark FDC set of 10 at $16.50), 475706 (press sheet at $90).

*March 5, Illinois Statehood. One (50¢) forever commemorative stamp, pane of 20; BCA; Springfield, IL 62703; Linn’s, March 5, page 8; USPS item No. 477104 (pane of 20), 477116 (FDC at 94¢), 477121 (color postmark FDC at $1.65), 477106 (press sheet at $60).

*March 23, Mister Rogers. One (50¢) forever commemorative stamp, pane of 20; BCA; Pittsburgh, PA 15290; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1. USPS item No. 477204 (pane of 20), 477216 (FDC at 94¢), 477221 (color postmark FDC at $1.65), 477206 (press sheet at $60).

?, California Dogface Butterfly. One (71¢) nonmachineable surcharge-rate definitive stamp; pane of 20.

?, STEM Education. Four (50¢) forever commemorative stamps; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

?, Peace Rose. One (50¢) forever definitive stamp; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

?, Sally Ride. One (50¢) forever commemorative stamp; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

?, Flag Act of 1818. One (50¢) forever commemorative stamp; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

?, Frozen Treats. Ten (50¢) forever stamps; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

?, O Beautiful. Twenty (50¢) forever commemorative stamps; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

?, World War I: Turning the Tide. One (50¢) forever commemorative stamp; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

?, Dragons. Four (50¢) forever stamps; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

?, Birds in Winter. Four (50¢) forever stamps; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

?, John Lennon. One (50¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 16; Music Icons series; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

?, The Art of Magic. Five (50¢) forever stamps, pane of 20; Linn’s, Jan. 1, page 1.

*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.), and BCA (Banknote Corporation of America).

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 44¢ 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 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 $1.25 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. The fee is $1.75 for standard orders totaling more than $50. A $2 fee 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 49¢ the minimum purchase is a full pane.

For stamps with face values of 50¢ to $1.15 the minimum purchase is either a full pane or block per the catalog listing. For stamps with face values of $1.16 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.