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Stamp Announcement 14-47: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Stamps

Stamp Announcement 14-47: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Stamps

On November 6, 2014, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps (Forever priced at 49 cents), in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive (PSA) Booklet of 20 stamps (Item 689600).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide November 6, 2014.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the holiday season with four stamps featuring characters from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the longest-running and highest-rated Christmas special in TV history. The art for each stamp is a still frame from the animated special, created by Rankin/Bass Productions. Rudolph, Santa, and the Abominable Snowman star on stamps of their own, while a fourth stamp features Hermey the elf, touching Rudolph’s red nose. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 689600, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer First-Class Mail (Forever stamp priced at 49 cents) $9.80 PSA Booklet of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services 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 are available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web. 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 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Stamps Pictorial Postmark Art

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

To finalize the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stamps 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 inch.

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:

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Stamps
Special Events
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282

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 January 5, 2015.

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 for this stamp issue:

n 689606, Press Sheet with Die cuts, $58.80
(print quantity 1,000).

n 689608, Press Sheet without Die cuts, $58.80
(print quantity 1,500).

n 689610*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $16.95.

n 689616*, First-Day Cover (set of 4), $3.72.

n 689621*, Digital Color Postmark (set of 4), $6.56.

n 689624*, Framed Art, $19.95.

n 689630*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 689631*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

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.



Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 designs)


Holiday Celebrations

Issue Date:

November 6, 2014, Washington,
DC 20066

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


CCL Label, Inc.

Manufacturing Process:





CCL Label, Inc.

Printed at:

Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

500 Million Stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored Paper, Type II

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.05 x 0.77 in./26.67 x 19.56 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

1.19 x 0.91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm

Full Booklet Size (w x h):

2.38 x 5.75 in./60.45 x 146.05mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

14.28 x 5.75 in./ 362.71 x 146.05 mm


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black,
1795 Red

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“C” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:

Title • Plate numbers in peel strip area
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