Stamp Announcement 08-12: Frank Sinatra

42-cent Frank Sinatra stamp.

On May 13, 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and New York, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue a 42-cent, Frank Sinatra commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 463200). The stamp, designed by Richard Sheaff of Scotts­dale, Arizona, goes on sale nationwide May 13, 2008.

With this stamp, the Postal Service honors Frank Sinatra, an Oscar-winning actor and a supreme interpreter of American popular song. Art director Richard Sheaff and stamp artist Kazuhiko Sano of Mill Valley, California, have chosen to present this iconic figure in a portrait based on a photograph by an unknown photographer.

Special Dedication Postmark

Due to a contractual agreement with the Frank Sinatra™ Sheffield Enterprises of Los Angeles, Cali­fornia, only the pictorial postmark shown here is permit­ted. Post Offices planning events are prohibited from designing their own special pictorial postmark. The word “station” or the



Frank Sinatra

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

42-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date:

May 13, 2008


Las Vegas, NV 89199


New York, NY 10199


Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ

Art Director:

Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Kazuhiko Sano, Mill Valley, CA




Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprinting, “USPS”


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller Martini, A 76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

120 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.336 x 36.068 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.892 x 39.624 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.95 x 7.24 in./151.13 x 183.896 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2007 USPS • Plate position
diagram • Price • Four plate


Proprietary notice • Barcodes
“463200” in two positions
• USPS logo • Verso-text

abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Frank Sinatra postmark.

To finalize the Frank Sinatra 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 inch.

How to Order 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® Web site 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:

1001 E Sunset RD RM 1006B
lAS vEGAS nv 89199-9998

new york ny 10199-9998

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 July 12, 2008.

How to Order First Day Covers

Stamp Fulfillment Services 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. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:

DEPT 6270
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are eight philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

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.

Hallmark will send the first keepsake to postal units using the retail item number 23190094. Stamp Products and Exhibitions will provide a quantity for SDO distribution through Minnesota Diversified Industries (MDI) using Item Number 463299. Postal units will be instructed to order additional quantities of the keepsakes through their servicing SDO using Item Number 463299. SDOs will be instructed to fill orders based on request in lieu of an auto­matic distribution. First day of issue information, including product information, should be published in the Postal Bulletin.

Distribution: Item 463200, 42-cent Frank Sinatra PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 100 to 110 percent of their full standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (40,000 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices of their full standard automatic distribution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before May 6, 2008.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 463200 from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional stamps must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the New York and San Francisco APDs will each receive 7,200,000 additional stamps; the Memphis and Chicago APDs will each receive 6,560,000 additional stamps; and the Denver APD will receive 2,040,000 additional stamps. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive 2,400,000 additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from the APDs.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices must acquire and maintain a supply of each new commemorative stamp as long as customer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder additional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.