Stamp Announcement 13-11: Grand Central Terminal Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-11: Grand Central Terminal Stamp

On February 1, 2013, in New York, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue a $19.95 Grand Central Terminal (Express Mail) definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 116000).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 1, 2013.

The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the 100th anniversary of a beloved New York City landmark with the issuance of the Grand Central Terminal Express Mail stamp. The artwork features a colorful, graphic illustration of the terminal’s main concourse. Designed by art director Phil Jordan, this stamp features the work of illustrator Dan Cosgrove.

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Distribution: Item 116000, $19.95 Grand Central Terminal (Express Mail) Definitive PSA Pane of 10 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of Grand Central Terminal (Express Mail) stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 20,000 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. 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

Grand Central Terminal Stamp
421 Eighth Ave., Rm. 2029B
New York, NY 10199-9998

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 April 1, 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 four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 116010*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set), $220.95.

n 116016*, First-Day Cover, $20.39.

n 116021*, Digital Color Postmark, $21.10.

n 116031*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

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.



Grand Central Terminal Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

$19.95 Definitive


Pane of 10 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

February 1, 2013, New York, NY 10199


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL




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:

3 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.420 x 1.085 in./36.06 x 27.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.560 x 1.225 in./39.62 x 31.12 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

4.125 x 7.25 in./104.78 x 184.15 mm

Plate Size:

100 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: “GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL CENTENNIAL” Plate number at bottom right of pane


©2012 USPS USPS Logo Plate position diagram Barcode (116000) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Promotional text Proprietary notice