Stamp Announcement 10-05: Distinguished Sailors

Stamp Announcement 10-05: Distinguished Sailors

On February 4, 2010, in Washington, DC, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue a 44-cent, Distinguished Sailors commem­orative stamp in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 465800). The stamp, designed by Phil Jordan of Falls Church, Virginia, goes on sale nationwide February 4, 2010.

With the issuance of the Distinguished Sailors stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® honors a tradition of excellence in the U.S. Navy that began with the authorization for two warships by the Continental Congress on October 13, 1775. These stamps commemorate four sailors who served with bravery and distinction during the 20th Century: Will­iam S. Sims, Arleigh A. Burke, John McCloy, and Doris Miller. The stamp pane identifies the four sailors, the approximate date of each photograph, and a ship named in honor of each sailor.

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:

Distinguished Sailors Stamp
Special Cancellations
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. All orders must be postmarked by April 6, 2010.



Distinguished Sailors

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

44-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (4 designs)

Issue Date & City:

February 4, 2010, Washington, DC 20066


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA




Avery Dennison, SPD

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

25 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Black, Cyan,

PMS 7409 (Dark Yellow), PMS 534 (Dark Blue)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.420 x 1.085 in./36.068 x 27.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 1.225 in./39.62 x 31.11mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.25 x 7.5 in./184.15 x 190.5 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:



Header: “DISTINGUISHED SAILORS” • Each sailor’s name and vessel named after them under header of pane • Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2009 USPS • Plate block position diagram • Barcodes “465800” in two corners of pane • USPS logo • Price: “.44 x 20 = $8.80”

How to Order First Day Covers

First Day of Issue Distinguished Sailors

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:

Information Fulfillment
Dept. 6270
U.S. Postal Service
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 465863*, First Day Cover/Set of 4, $3.28.

n 465868*, Digital Color Postmark/Set of 4, $6.00.

n 465891*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 465899*, Digital Color Postmark/Set of 4 w/Full Pane Keepsake, $14.95.

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.

Distribution: Item 465800, 44-cent Distinguished Sailors, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 20 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. SDO distributions begin on January 4, 2010, and will be complete on January 12, 2010. 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 of 20 percent of their full standard automatic distribution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before January 26, 2010.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 465800 from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional stamps must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) or stamp distribution center (SDC) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the New York and San Francisco APDs, as well as Kansas City and Dulles SDCs will receive additional stamps.