Stamp Announcement 13-05: Wedding Cake Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-05: Wedding Cake Stamp

On January 18, 2013, in Louisville, Kentucky, the Postal Service™ will reissue Wedding Cake, in a 66-cent definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 579700).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 18, 2013.

The Wedding Cake issuance, first introduced in 2009 and sold at the 2-ounce 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, which was created and designed by pastry chef Peter Brett. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp. The Wedding Cake stamp is being released at the 66-cent rate.

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Distribution: Item 579700, 66-cent Wedding Cake Definitive Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of Wedding Cake stamps. 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 these items must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices may preorder these stamps 30 days prior to the first-day-of-issue through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. For the Hawaii and Puerto Rico offices, the Stamps Service System (SSS) is still valid in January. Post Offices should not sell the stamp prior to first-day-of-issue.

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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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
USPS Retail Manager
4500 Annshire Ave
Louisville, KY 40213-9998

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 18, 2013.

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 are seven philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 579706, Press Sheet with die cuts, $132.00 (Print Quantity of 2,500).

n 579708, Press Sheet without die cuts, $132.00 (Print Quantity of 2,500).

n 579710*, Keepsake (Pane of 20 and Digital Postmark Set), $15.95.

n 579716*, First-Day Cover, $1.10.

n 579721*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.81.

n 579731*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 579732*, Stamp Deck Card w/Digital Color Postmark, $2.16.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 bar code from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use bar code series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.



Wedding Cake Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

66-cent Definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

January 18, 2013, Louisville, KY 40231

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Renee Comet, Washington, DC


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

30 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.7553 x 0.8667 in./19.18 x 22.01 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.22 mm

Booklet Size (w x h):

5.425 x 5.635 in./137.80 x 143.13 mm


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 874, PMS 9 (Warm Gray)

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2008 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (579700) in upper right and lower left-hand corners of pane Promotional text