Stamp Announcement 14:18: Jimi Hendrix Stamp

On March 13, 2014, in Austin, Texas, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue a Jimi Hendrix (Forever® priced at 49 cents) commemorative First-Class Mail® stamp in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 16 stamps (Item 588000). The $7.84 Jimi Hendrix pane of 16 stamps may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 13, 2014.

Guitarist, songwriter, and singer Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970) was one of the most important musicians of the 20th century. Combining influences from rock, modern jazz, soul, and the blues with his own innovations, Hendrix created a unique style that influenced musical artists of his era and continues to inspire musicians into the 21st century. This is the fourth issuance in the Music Icons series. The stamp pane, designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, features a painting of Hendrix’s face surrounded by colorful swirls and small icons that refer to song lyrics or aspects of Hendrix’s life. The stamp art shows Hendrix in performance. Text below the stamps briefly describes Hendrix's musical legacy. Rudy Guttierez created original art for the stamp and the stamp pane. Art director Greg Breeding was the designer.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 588000, $7.84, Jimi Hendrix Commemorative First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) 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 (32,000 stamps). The stamps will be shipped and sold as a pane of 16 ($7.84).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at

Post Offices may preorder these stamps prior to first-day-of-issue through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. However, offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

Special Dedication Postmarks

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

Guidelines for Finalizing Jimi Hendrix Pictorial Postmark Art

Jim Hendrix pictorial postmark art

Jim Hendrix pictorial postmark art

To finalize Jimi Hendrix 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 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:

Jimi Hendrix Stamp
8225 Cross Park Drive
Austin, TX 78710-9998

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 May 12, 2014.

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 sixteen philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 588006*, Press sheet with die cuts, $70.56
(print quantity of 2,500).

n 588008*, Press Sheet without die cuts, $70.56
(print quantity of 2,500).

n 588010*, Keepsake (Pane of 16, 1 Digital Color
Postmark), $9.95.

n 588016*, First-Day Cover, $0.93.

n 588018*, Full Pane First-Day Cover, $10.34.

n 588019*, Cancelled Full Pane, $10.34.

n 588021*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.64.

n 588024*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 588025*, Poster with First-Day Cover, $14.95.

n 588026*, T-shirt (med) with First-Day Cover, $17.95.

n 588027*, T-shirt (large) with First-Day Cover, $17.95.

n 588028*, T-shirt (XL) with First-Day Cover, $17.95.

n 588029*, T-shirt (XXL) with First-Day Cover, $17.95.

n 588030*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 588031*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 585032*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark, $1.99.

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.



Jimi Hendrix Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever Commemorative


Pane of 16 (1 design)


Music Icons

Issue Date & City:

March 13, 2014, Austin TX 78710


Greg Breeding

Art Director:

Greg Breeding


Greg Breeding


Rudy Gutierrez


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

60 million stamps

Paper Type:

Overall Prephosphor

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Browns Summit, NC


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.09 x 1.09 in./27.6 x 27.6 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.22 x 1.22 in./31.1 x 31.1 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.0 x 7.0 in./177.9 x 177.9 mm

Plate Size:

108 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:

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