Monday Morning Brief | U.S. stamps in 2017

December 23, 2016 10:11 AM

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the first two U.S. first-day ceremonies planned for 2017, and looks at the most recent stamp subjects revealed by the United States Postal Service.

Full video transcript:

We’re just a few days away from the beginning of the new year, and that also means we’ll soon see new United States stamps to add to our collections.

The U.S. Postal Service has announced two first-day ceremonies that will take place during the first week of 2017, and both are planned for locations on the West Coast.

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The Year of the Rooster forever stamp in the Lunar New Year series will start the year off with a first-day ceremony January 5th in Seattle, Washington. The 11:30 a.m. event will take place at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

Two days later, on Saturday January 7, the Love Skywriting forever stamp will issued with a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino Airport in Chino, California. If the weather cooperates, the Postal Service plans to also feature a skywriting demonstration at noon that will replicate the stamp design.

A few weeks ago, the Postal Service also revealed designs for another 40 stamps that will be issued in 2017. These new subjects are in addition to some 38 stamp and postal stationery items that were revealed in late September, including a stamp honoring John F. Kennedy, and another for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The first stamp in this new group is a forever stamp honoring civil rights leader Dorothy Height on the 40th stamp in the nation’s Black Heritage commemorative series. This stamp has an announced issue date of February 1st, with an event scheduled for 11 a.m. at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Most of the remaining stamps that were revealed most recently have not been assigned issue dates or locations yet.

A Nebraska Statehood forever stamp will mark Nebraska’s 150th statehood anniversary with a riverbank scene showing sandhill cranes in flight.

Two stamps designed for use on wedding invitations but valid for any letter mail will be issued with a boutonniere design for the forever stamp, and a corsage design for the two-ounce rate stamp to carry heavier mail.

Mississippi is celebrating its statehood bicentennial in 2017, and the stamp shows a guitar player’s hands in tribute to some of the prominent blues musicians who came from that state.

Robert Panara, a teacher and pioneer in the field of deaf studies, will be honored with a two-ounce rate stamp, the 16th stamp in the Distinguished Americans series.

Eight round forever stamps celebrating sports will each show different sports balls, from a golf ball to a basketball.

Artist Andrew Wyeth will be honored on a pane of 12 forever stamps planned for July 12. Each stamp shows a detail from one of the artist’s paintings. The set will mark the 100th anniversary of Wyeth’s birth in 1917.

Another forever stamp will honor author Henry David Thoreau, who was born 100 years before Wyeth, in 1817. Thoreau is the author of the groundbreaking 1854 book Walden.

Five forever stamps showing bees and butterflies will be issued with the theme of protecting pollinators, to highlight the important roles these insects and others play in successful crop pollination.

A set of four forever stamps featuring scenes from the Ezra Jack Keats story The Snowy Day will be issued in 2017, with scenes of the main character Peter having fun while exploring his world.

Late in the year we can expect four stamps featuring holiday designs with lines from the popular Christmas Carols Jingle Bells, Deck The Halls, Silent Night, and Jolly Old Saint Nicholas.

These stamps and the others revealed earlier this year are all listed in the Linn’s 2017 U.S. Stamp Program published in Linn’s Stamp News and online at

For Linn’s Stamp News and the Scott catalogs, I’m Michael Baadke.