Stamp Announcement 10-19: Sunday Funnies

Stamp Announcement 10-19: Sunday Funnies

On July 16, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue a 44-cent, Sunday Funnies commemora­tive stamp in five designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 465500). The stamp pane, designed by Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, Maryland, goes on sale nationwide July 16, 2010.

The Sunday Funnies stamp pane honors five of our most beloved comic strips: Archie, Beetle Bailey, Dennis the Menace, Garfield, and Calvin and Hobbes. Art director Ethel Kessler selected the images that appear on the stamps.

The Beetle Bailey stamp features Beetle, smiling calmly while Sarge loses his cool.

The Calvin and Hobbes stamp captures the precocious 6-year-old and his tiger pal making scary and ridiculous faces.

The Archie stamp features Archie sharing a chocolate shake with brunette Veronica Lodge on his right and blonde Betty Cooper on his left.

The Garfield stamp features the crabby tabby standing back to back with Odie, a carefree, energetic dog.

The Dennis the Menace stamp features 5-year-old Den­nis, dressed in red overalls and striped shirt, running off to some new adventure.

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™ facility, 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:

Sunday Funnies Stamp
850 Twin Rivers Drive, Retail, Rm. 416
Columbus, OH 43216-9653

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 September 17, 2010.



Sunday Funnies

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

44-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (5 designs)



Issue Date & City:

July 16, 2010, Columbus, OH 43216


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

80 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphored Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.065 x 1.40 in./27.05 x 35.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.225 x 1.56 in./31.12 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.0 x 8.0 in./177.80 x 203.20 mm


Med. Green, Med. Blue, Light Blue, Light Green, PMS 137 (Orange), Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by nine (9) single digits

Marginal Markings:



Header: “SUNDAY FUNNIES” Plate block numbers in two corners of pane


© 2009 USPS USPS logo Barcode (465500) in four corners Plate position diagram Price: “.44 x 20 = $8.80”
Verso text on back of each stamp
Proprietary notice

Special Dedication Postmarks

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

Guidelines for Finalizing Sunday Funnies Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art

To finalize the Sunday Funnies 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 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:

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

Philatelic Products

There are five philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 465563*, First Day Cover Set of 5, $4.10.

n 465568*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 5, $7.50.

n 465584, Uncut Press Sheet, $79.20.

n 465591*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 465599, Cancellation Keepsake ( 5), $16.95.

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 465500, 44-cent Sunday Funnies, PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive approximately 50 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 40,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic distribu­tion to Post Offices of 50 percent of their standard auto­matic distribution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute this commemorative sheet to Post Offices before July 2, 2010.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 465500 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17.

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.