Stamp Announcement 12-32: Bobcat

Stamp Announcement 12-32: Bobcat

On June 1, 2012, in San Marcos, Texas, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue a 1-cent Bobcat definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 3,000 stamps (Item 789100).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 1, 2012.

The U.S. Postal Service® will issue a 1-cent stamp fea­turing a bobcat (Lynx rufus), a member of the feline family found across America. The stamp art is a highly stylized, digital image of a bobcat with golden eyes, pink nose, and fur in shades of brown. Nancy Stahl illustrated the stamp, under the direction of Carl T. Herrman.

Distribution: Item 789100, One-cent Bobcat Definitive PSA Coil of 3,000 Stamps ($30.00 value)

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs)/stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will not make a subsequent automatic dis­tribution to Post Offices of this stamp issue. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 789100 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs requiring these stamps must order them from the appropriate SDC using PS Form 17. SDOs must not distribute this stamp to Post Offices before May 18, 2012.

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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

Bobcat Stamp
301 N. Guadalupe Street
San Marcos, TX 78666-9998

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 August 1, 2012.

How to Order First Day Covers

The Postal Service 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, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There is one philatelic product available for this stamp issue:

n 789162*, First Day Cover (1 Bobcat, 1- $0.44 U.S. Flag), $0.89.

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.




Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

1-cent Definitive, Non-Profit Organization


Coil of 3,000 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

June 1, 2012, San Marcos, TX 78666 (Field Event)


Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV


Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV


Nancy Stahl, New York, NY


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Coil:


Print Quantity:

30 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.87x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm

Coil Size (w x h):

10,000.00 x 0.98 in./254,000 x
24.89 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Plate Size:

594 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Plate Number Frequency:

Plate block number on first stamp of the form below stamp

Coil Back Number Frequency:

Sequential numbering in increments of 10 located behind every 10th stamp throughout the coil

Marginal Markings:



Packaging barcode (07891001)