Stamp Announcement 13-07: Tufted Puffins Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-07: Tufted Puffins Stamp

On January 23, 2013, in Seward, Alaska, the Postal Service™ will issue an 86-cent Tufted Puffins definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 115000).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 23, 2013.

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the Tufted Puffins. Found along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Alaska, this unmistakable bird is named for the striking tufts of long, yellow feathers that grow from the sides of its head during breeding season. The stamp art features a colorful painting of two tufted puffins by Robert Giusti. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

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Distribution: Item 115000, 86-cent Tufted Puffins Definitive PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of Tufted Puffins 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 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

Tufted Puffins Stamp

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 23, 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 115006, Press Sheet with die cuts, $103.20 (Print Quantity of 2,500).

n 115008, Press Shjeet without die cuts, $103.20 (Print Quantity of 2,500).

n 115010*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Postmark Set), $19.95.

n 115016*, First-Day Cover, $1.30.

n 115021*, Digital Color Postmark, $2.01.

n 115031*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 115032*, Stamp Deck Card w/Digital Color Postmark, $2.36.

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.



Tufted Puffins Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

86-cent Definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

January 23, 2013, Seward, AK 99664


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Robert Giusti, Bridgewater, CT


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Stevens, Vari-Size Security Press

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

30 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

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):

0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.35 x 4.93 in./135.89 x 125.22 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 7417 (Orange

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2012 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (115000) at top right and bottom left corner of pane
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