Stamp Announcement 13-10: Sealed With Love Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-10: Sealed With Love


On January 30, 2013, in Loveland, Colorado, the Postal Service™ will issue a Sealed With Love First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 46 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 578700).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 30, 2013.

Evoking the romance of handwritten love letters, this year’s Love stamp, Sealed With Love, recalls the elegance of a bygone era. The stamp art features an envelope flap fastened with a red-waxed seal, embossed with hearts encircled by delicate filigree. Louise Fili designed the stamp, illustrated by Jessica Hische. Derry Noyes was the art director.

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Distribution: Item 578700, Sealed With Love First-Class Mail (Forever stamp priced at 46 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of Sealed With Love stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 40,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic distribution will be posted, by finance number and unit id, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at 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. 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

Sealed With Love Stamp
PO Box 9998
Loveland, CO 80538-9998

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 30, 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 nine philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 578706*, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $55.20 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 578708*, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $55.20 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 578710*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set), $10.95.

n 578716*, First-Day Cover, $0.90.

n 578721*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.61.

n 578723, Notecards Set of 8, $13.95

n 578730*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 578731*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 578732*, Stamp Deck Card w/Digital Color Postmark, $1.96.

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.



Sealed With Love Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

January 30, 2013, Loveland, CO 80538 (No Ceremony)


Louise Fili, New York, NY

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Louise Fili, New York, NY


Jessica Hische




Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

311 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


877 (Silver), 485 (Lt. Red), 1807 (Dk. Red), Black, 4 (Cool Gray)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.05 x 0.77 in./26.67 x 19.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.19 x 0.91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.75 x 5.50 in./146.05 x 139.70 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


©2012 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (578700) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Promotional text