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Stamp Announcement 14-3: Love: Cut Paper Heart Stamp

Stamp Announcement 14-3: Love: Cut paper Heart Stamp

On January 21, 2014, in New York, New York, at the Time Warner Center, the Postal Service™ will issue the Love: Cut Paper Heart First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 46 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 587200).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 21, 2014.

The 2014 Love stamp, Cut Paper Heart, takes its inspiration from the papercutting tradition, particularly the tradition brought to America in the 18th and 19th centuries by German immigrants. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp, which features an illustration by Q. Cassetti.

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Distribution: Item 587200, Love: Cut Paper Heart 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 standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane of 20 stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 40,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs and SDCs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 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

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional Item 587200 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first-day-of-issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices may order these stamps through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog.

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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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. Post Offices should not sell the stamp prior to first-day-of-issue.

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:

Love: Cut Paper Heart Stamp
Special Events Coordinator
380 West 33rd Street, Room 4032
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 up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by March 28, 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

Philatelic Products

There are nine philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 587206, Press Sheet w/Die Cuts, $55.20 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 587208, Press Sheet w/o Die Cuts, $55.20 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 587210*, Keepsake (Pane and DCP Set), $10.95.

n 587216*, First-Day Cover, $0.90.

n 587221*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.61.

n 587224, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 587230*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 587231*, Stamp Deck Card, $0. 95.

n 587232*, Stamp Deck Card w/DCP, $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.



Cut Paper Heart Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

January 21, 2014, New York, NY 10199


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Q. Cassetti, Trumansburg, NY




CCL Label, Inc.

Manufacturing Process:



CCL Label, Inc.

Printed at:

Clinton, SC 29325

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

50 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type I

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

CCL Label, Inc., Clinton, SC


032 (Red), 211 (Pink), 1807 (Dk. Red)

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:

“C” followed by three (3) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2013 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (587200) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Promotional text