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Stamp Announcement 13-13: Muscle Cars Stamps

Stamp Announcement 13-13: Muscle Cars Stamps

On February 22, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Postal Service™ will issue Muscle Cars commemorative First-Class Mail® stamps (Forever® priced at 46 cents) in five designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 470500).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 22, 2013.

The Muscle Cars stamp issuance celebrates the high-performance vehicles that captured our imagination when they first roared onto our roads in the 1960s. The five cars depicted are the 1966 Pontiac GTO, the 1967 Shelby GT-500, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, the 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, and the 1970 Chevelle SS. Art director Carl T. Herrman designed the stamps, which were created by artist Tom Fritz. This is the third issuance in the America on the Move series.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 470500, Muscle Cars Commemorative First-Class Mail (Forever stamp priced at 46 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of Muscle Cars stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 40,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic distribution will be posted, by finance number and unit id, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at Post Offices requiring these items must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices should not sell the stamp prior to first-day of-issue.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder additional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24.

They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Muscle Cars Stamps
500 Bill France Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-9998

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by April 22, 2013.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Muscle Cars stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing Muscle Cars Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

To finalize the Muscle Cars stamp pictorial postmark art, insert the date, city, state, and ZIP™ Code of the physical location of your event adjacent to the stamp image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed four inches horizontally by 2 inches vertically. Collectors prefer the dimensions 3 1/2 inches by 1.

The Postal Service must make all special postmarks known to collectors through advance publicity in the Postal Bulletin. Therefore, all special dedication cancellations must be reported to Stamp Services 4 weeks before the events using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announcement/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are eight philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 470506*, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $92.00 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 470508*, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $92.00 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 470510*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set of 5), $17.95.

n 470516*, First-Day Cover Set of 5, $4.50.

n 470521*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 5, $8.05.

n 470530*, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.

n 470531*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 470532*, Stamp Deck Card w/Digital Color Postmark (random single), $1.96.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.



Muscle Cars Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (5 designs)


America on the Move

Issue Date & City:

February 22, 2013, Daytona Beach, FL 32114


Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV


Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV


Tom Fritz, Newbury Park, CA




Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

35 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, 8223 (Blue)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in./36.06 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.25 x 6.3 in./184.15 x 167.67 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: “MUSCLE CARS” AMERICA ON THE MOVE Plate number at bottom left and right of pane


©2012 USPS USPS Logo Plate position diagram Barcode (470500) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Fast, powerful, and … spirit.
Short description of each muscle car on back of pane Promotional text
Proprietary notice