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Stamp Announcement 13-26: Johnny Cash Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-26: Johnny Cash Stamp

On June 5, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee, at the Grand Ole Opry Ryman Auditorium, the Postal Service™ will issue a Johnny Cash (Forever® priced at 46 cents) com­memorative First-Class mail® stamp in one design in a pres­sure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps (Item 579400). The $7.36 Johnny Cash pane of 16 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 5, 2013.

The U.S. Postal Service® honors music visionary Johnny Cash, best remembered internationally as a coun­try music artist, though his influence can be felt in many genres — from rock and folk to blues and gospel. The stamp, part of the Music Icons series, features a photo­graph taken by Frank Bez during a photo session for Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1963). The square stamp and pane resemble the appearance of a 45 rpm record sleeve. The reverse side of the pane includes a larger ver­sion of the photograph featured on the stamp as well as the logo for the Music Icons series. Greg Breeding served as the art director and designer.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 579400, $7.36, Johnny Cash (Forever® priced at 46 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 16 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane of 16 stamps. Distribu­tions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 2,000 panes. The stamps will be shipped and sold as a pane of 16 ($7.36).

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 may preorder these stamps 30 days prior to first-day-of-issue through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. How­ever, offices should first check the website to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push prior to placing a preorder. 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

Johnny Cash Stamp
901 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37202-9998

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 up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by August 5, 2013.

Special Dedication Postmarks

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

Guidelines for Finalizing Johnny Cash Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

Finalizing Johnny Cash Stamp, Pictorial Postmark Art

Finalizing Johnny Cash Stamp, Pictorial Postmark Art

To finalize the Johnny Cash 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 4 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 four 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 10 philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 579406*, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $58.88 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 579408*, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $58.88 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 579410*, Keepsake (Pane and Digital Color Post­mark), $9.00.

n 579416*, First-Day Cover, $0.90.

n 579418*, First-Day Cover (Full Pane), $9.86.

n 579419*, First-Day Cancelled (Full Pane), $9.86.

n 579421*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.61.

n 579430*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 579424, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 579425*, Poster, $9.95.

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.



Johnny Cash

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Forever Commemorative


Pane of 16 (1 design)


Music Icons

Issue Date & City:

June 5, 2013, Nashville, TN 37230


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Existing Photo:

Frank Bez




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:

60 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II, Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


7575 (Brown), 7 (Warm Gray), 7497 (Gray), Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.085 x 1.085 in./27.55 x 27.55 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.225 x 1.225 in./31.12 x 31.12 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.00 x 7.00 in./177.80 x 177.80 mm

Plate Size:

128 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


Header: “JOHNNY CASH” Verso Text ©2013 USPS USPS Logo
Barcode (579400) in lower right corner of pane Promotional text
Proprietary Notice