2011 Stamp Yearbook and The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps — 38th Edition

2011 Stamp Yearbook

The Postal Service guide to U.S. Stamps - 38th Edition

The 2011 Stamp Yearbook and The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps 38th Edition will soon be available for sale as follows:

n In retail at designated Post Office™ locations.

n By mail from Stamp Fulfillment Services (via the USA Philatelic catalog).

n By telephone from Stamp Fulfillment Services at 800-782-6724 (800 STAMP-24).

n Online from Stamp Fulfillment Services via The Postal Store® website at www.usps.com.

In the 2011 Stamp Yearbook, the U.S. Postal Service® highlights the icons, heritage, and visionaries celebrated on 2011’s stamps. From entertainment icons such as Gregory Peck and Helen Hayes, to heritage topics like The Civil War and the U.S. Merchant Marine, to visionaries such as Ronald Reagan and Barbara Jordan, this year’s honorees again represent our nation at its best. Their stories, retold on stamps and in the 72 pages of this hardcover book, are sure to fascinate and inspire.

This gorgeous keepsake is full of all the features you’ve come to appreciate in past editions, organized into an exciting design that showcases the 2011 stamp program. And for the third year in a row, we’ve included a special section specifically designated for collecting mail-use stamps.

The yearbook comes with 75 stamps plus mounts and sells for $59.95 (Item No. 991100). Anyone interested in the additional 43 mail-use stamps featured in the second sec­tion of the book can order them online from The Postal Store website at www.usps.com, via the USA Philatelic catalog, or by calling 800-STAMP-24 (Mail-Use Stamp Packet, Item No. 991104, $22.50).

In an easy-to-use, oversize format, The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps 38th Edition (Item No. 891100, $19.95), is just the delivery you’ve been waiting for! The only fully illustrated, four-color guide to U.S. stamps, this official publication provides the most comprehensive infor­mation available about the U.S. stamp program. Beginning with the first stamps issued in 1847, The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps covers more than 4,000 stamps issued up to the present, and also includes the following:

n An updated Stamp Series section that lists the stamps issued in each official series, such as Leg­ends of Hollywood, Black Heritage, and Nature of America.

n Every category of U.S. stamps: Definitive, commem­orative, airmail, and duck stamps, stamped enve­lopes, and more are all organized into easy-to-use, color-coded sections for quick access.

n Detailed listings for each stamp, with color illustra­tions, Scott catalog numbers, dates of issue, used and unused prices, quantities (when known), and separate listings for design variations.

n The complete 2011 stamp program with first day of issue details.

n Advice on how to start your own stamp collection.

n A resource section, a glossary of important terms, and much more.

Initial Supply to Designated Post Offices

Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI) will ship supplies of the 2011 Stamp Yearbook to approximately 4,168 desig­nated Post Office locations. About 2,638 offices will receive supplies of The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps 38th Edition. Both books are to be sold upon receipt in mid October. Offices currently selling the 2010 Stamp Year­book and The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps 37th Edition and those that ordered the books this past year will receive automatic shipments of the newer publications. Quantities sent to each unit will be based on past sales and will include nonaccountable sample books for display pur­poses.

POS ONE offices must reflect stamp yearbooks and stamp guides (not including display samples) along with all philatelic products in Retail Floor Stock to ensure inventory detection and accurate replenishment. Failure to do so will trigger additional shipments of unwanted products causing unnecessary accountability inflation.

Offices that currently receive the quarterly full philatelic product assortment will receive the remainder of their Quarter 1, Fiscal Year 2011 philatelic products in a sepa­rate shipment in mid October. Upon receipt, offices should display the philatelic products and sample books on their “Featured Items” section of slatwall. The 2010 Stamp Year­book should be removed from display but may still be sold until it is officially withdrawn from sale.

Ordering Instructions for All Other Post Offices

Offices not receiving automatic shipments of the 2011 Stamp Yearbook (Item #991100), and The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps 38th Edition (Item #891100), can order the books from their assigned Stamp Distribution Center (SDC) or Stamp Distribution Office (SDO) via the Stamp Services System online ordering system. Use PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return, and provide the appropriate item number(s) when placing orders. Sales of the stamp yearbook and stamp guide must be reported in AIC 092, Philatelic Product Sales.

The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps — 37th Edition (Last Year’s Edition)

As the 38th edition of The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps becomes available, Post Offices must withhold all remaining copies of the 37th edition (Item 891000) from sale. Actions should be taken as described below:

1. Retail Outlets. Collect remaining copies of the 37th edition of the guide from stamp credits and immedi­ately return them to main stock using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

2. Post Offices. Consolidate all remaining copies of the 37th edition of the guide, if any, into the unit reserve stock. Prepare all 37th editions of the guide in accor­dance with procedures established for disposing of obsolete and redeemed stock, and submit according to local district quarterly stamp destruction or return schedules.

3. Local Office Philatelic Programs. Submit PS Form 17 to the local SDO or SDC for the number of 37th edi­tions of the guide (Item 891000) needed for philatelic/promotional programs. One or more copies may be donated to local schools, libraries, student groups, stamp clubs, and retirement homes.

4. Stamp Distribution Offices/Centers. Stamp all copies of the guide used in promoting philatelic programs “NOT FOR RESALE.” The SDO/SDC custodian of ac­countable paper must verify that each item is stamped and prepare a PS Form 17, endorsed “PHILATELIC PRODUCTS GIVEN TO PHILATELIC PROGRAMS.” Program coordinators must acknowl­edge receipt of Item 891000 and be responsible for its control.

Note: The instructions for providing obsolete editions of the guide for philatelic and promotional purposes are an exception to general guidelines for destruction of account­able items, especially regarding obsolete (withdrawn from sale) items. In this instance, it is Postal Service policy not to destroy copies of the previous year’s edition of the guide when they can be used for valid promotional and/or educa­tional purposes.

Disposition of Excess Guides

Dispose of all remaining copies of the 37th edition of The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps (Item 891000) in accordance with Handbook F-1, Accounting and Reporting Policy, 45, Destroying Stamp Stock. Because disposition instructions are issued annually for past issues of the guide, your office should have only the new 38th edition in inventory after completing the above procedures. If previ­ous editions are on hand, dispose of them immediately, in accordance with Handbook F-1, 4-11.6.

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