Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 13-48: Harry Potter Stamp

The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the adventures of the extraordinary boy wizard, Harry Potter, and his magical world with a stamp issuance scheduled for release on November 19, 2013, in Orlando, Florida.

Distribution: Item 471100, Harry Potter, $9.20 (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class Mail PSA Booklet of 20 Stamps

This stamp issue will be shipped from the supplier in multiple waves. The first wave will ship, prior to the first-day-of issue, only to Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS). The second and third waves will ship, after the first-day-of-issue, to stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp dis­tribution centers (SDCs). Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 1,250 booklets. The stamps will be shipped and sold as a booklet (folded pane) of 20 ($9.20).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SFS will make a special automatic distribution to a select group of approximately 3,100 premier Post Offices for the first-day-of-issue, as well as to the first-day city. The exact distribution quantities for the automatic distribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID at: http://top­kkssgsht/sites/SDCReports/Lists/StampAutomatics/default.aspx.

Post Offices will not be able to preorder these stamps prior to first-day-of-issue, and they will not be able to order additional stamps through the SDCs and SDOs at this time.

A subsequent automatic distribution to all remaining Post Offices will occur sometime in December; more infor­mation will be in a later announcement. Post Offices will not be able to place orders for this stamp issue until the Janu­ary 2014 distribution to SDCs and SDCs has been com­pleted. Post Offices should not sell the stamp prior to first-day-of-issue.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 90 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:

Harry Potter Stamp
PO Box 620045
Orlando, FL 32862-0045

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 up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by February 19, 2014.

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