Stamp Announcement 12-9: Wedding Cake

Stamp Announcement 12-9: Wedding Cake

On January 20, 2012, in Alexandria, Virginia, the Postal Service™ will issue a 65-cent definitive Wedding Cake stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 577500).

The Wedding Cake issuance, first introduced in 2009 and sold at the 2-ounce stamp rate, accommodates the heavier weight of an invitation, as well as other mailings such as over­size cards or small gifts that require extra postage. The stamp art features a photograph taken by Renee Comet of a three-tier wedding cake topped with white flowers. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 20, 2012.

Distribution: Item 577500, 65-cent Wedding Cake PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

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

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will not make any automatic distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 577500 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices may preorder from SDOs/SDCs through the Stamp Services System beginning 30 days prior to the first day of issue. For Post Offices that have placed orders, ini­tial supplies to the Post Offices will be shipped as stamps are received at the SDCs from the stamp printers.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder addi­tional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.

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:

Wedding Cake Stamp
1100 Wythe Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-9998

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 March 20, 2012.

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 three philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 577561*, First Day Cover, $1.09.

n 577565*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 577599*, Digital Color Postmark 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.

(Note: Technical details table information is not avail­able.)