Posted on January 27, 2016
Each year the USPS releases limited run commemorative stamps. The 2016 roster has been released. A thorough listing of all stamps to be released can be found here. In addition to images of the stamps, the historical background of how the stamp was created is also included.
Traditionally, these are a limited release. Most post offices will carry a small number of most of the new releases. If you would like to order any in volume for a specific mailing, we can assist you with this. But, it can take a few weeks, so planning early is important. Also, because these are printed in short runs (and not reprinted), the earlier you order them the better. The USPS does not reprint them. Once they are sold out, they are no longer available. The majority of the releases are FOREVER stamps, so will be good for a 1st Class Letter (under 1 ounce) from issuance until they are used up. They do not expire even if the cost of mailing a first class letter, 1 ounce goes up. So, if one is of special interest to your organization, you can purchase as many as you might think you will and they will be valid for First Class, 1 ounce Letter Mail, no matter what the postage rate is.
Some of the 2016 releases include:
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the television premiere, the new Star Trek Forever stamps showcase four digital illustrations inspired by classic elements of the television program:
– the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia against a gold background;
– the silhouette of a crewman in a transporter against a red background;
– the silhouette of the Enterprise from above against a green background; and,
– the Enterprise inside the outline of the Vulcan salute (Spock’s iconic hand gesture) against a blue background
The words “SPACE… THE FINAL FRONTIER,” from Captain Kirk’s famous voice-over appear beneath the stamps against a background of stars.
Views of Our Planets
With this pane of 16 Forever stamps, the Postal Service showcases some of the more visually compelling full-disk images of the planets obtained during this era. Eight new colorful Forever stamps, each shown twice, feature Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Some show the planets’ “true color” — what we might see if traveling through space. Others use colors to represent and visualize certain features of a planet based in imaging data. Still others use the near-infrared spectrum to show things that cannot be seen by the human eye invisible light.
The verso text, or text on the back of the stamp pane, explains what these images reveal and identifies the spacecrafts and powerful telescopes that helped obtain them. Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA, was the art director and designer of the stamps. The stamps will be dedicated between May 28 and June 4 at the World Stamp Show – NY 2016 at the Jacob Javits Center.
Celebrating the rugged and reliable work vehicles that Americans have driven for nearly a century, each of these four new Forever stamps features on of the following iconic models.
– The strong, sturdy, 1938 International Harvester D-2 had a distinct barrel-shaped grille and its elegant styling mirrored the look of luxury automobiles of the era.
– The 1953 Chevrolet featured large windshields and provided drivers with excellent visibility, a distinctive curvy grille that bulged in the middle and a six-cylinder engine.
– The 1948 Ford F-1 included features like the roomy “Million Dollar Cab,” a sharp horizontal five-bar grille and a six cylinder engine.
– The 1965 Ford F-100 had a new grille that featured 18 small rectangular openings. It also featured what Ford dubbed “Twin-I-Beam” independent front suspension.
Other stamps include, but are not limited to: