Stamp Announcement 08-26: Olympic Games

Olympic Games Stamp.

On June 19, 2008, in Philadelphia, PA, the Postal Service™ will issue a 42-cent Olympic Games com­memorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 462900). Designed by Clarence Lee of Honolulu, Hawaii, the stamp goes on sale nationwide June 19, 2008.

With the issuance of this stamp, the Postal Service con­tinues its tradition of honoring the spirit of athleticism and international unity inspired by the Olympic Games. The stamp will be issued to coincide with the games of the XXIX Olympiad, which will be held from August 8 until August 24, 2008, in Beijing, China.

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™, or 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:


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 August 20, 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 three 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.

Distribution: Item 462900, 42-Cent Olympic Games PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 30 percent to 35 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 one-fourth their full standard automatic dis­tribution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before June 13, 2008.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 462900 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.



Olympic Games

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

42-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)

Issue Date & City:

June 19, 2008,
Philadelphia, PA 19104




Clarence Lee, Honolulu, HI


Katie Doka, Honolulu, HI



Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprinting, “USPS”


Sennett Security Products/
Banknote Corporation of

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

40 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black,
PMS 2602 (Purple), PMS 185

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.40 x 0.82 in./35.56 x 20.82

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.14 x 5.75 in./181.36 x 146.05 mm

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2007 USPS • Price • Plate
numbers in four corners of pane
• Plate position diagram
• Proprietary notice


USPS logo • Barcodes (462900) in
four corners of pane

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the Chicago, New York, Memphis, and San Francisco APDs will each receive 2,000,000 additional stamps; and the Denver APD will receive 600,000 additional stamps.

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.