Stamp Announcement 14-41: Breast Cancer Research Semipostal Stamp

Stamp Announcement 14-41: Breast Cancer Research Semipostal Stamp

On September 30, 2014, in Sacramento, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will reissue the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp priced at 60 cents, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 553000).

The Breast Cancer Research First-Class® semipostal stamp, is being reissued in 2014. Semipostals are stamps sold at a surcharge to raise money for a particular cause. Originally issued in 1998, the stamp art depicts a woman standing with her right arm raised, reaching behind her head in the position recommended for breast self-examination. The drawing of the woman’s body is set against a background of pastel colors from yellow to violet that cover the entire face of the stamp. Across the top of the stamp are the words “Breast Cancer.” Circling the figure’s right breast are the phrases, in all caps, “FUND THE FIGHT.” and “FIND A CURE.” Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp using original artwork by Whitney Sherman.

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Initial Supply to Post Offices

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™.

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:

Breast Cancer Research Reissue
Customer Relations Coordinator
2000 Royal Oaks Drive
Sacramento, CA 95813-9998

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 November 30, 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 three philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 555306, Press Sheet with Die cuts, $144.00
(print quantity 1,000).

n 555308, Press Sheet without Die cuts, $144.00
(print quantity 1,500).

n 555316*, First-Day Cover, $1.04.

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.



Breast Cancer Research Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

Nondenominated First-Class Mail Semipostal (60 cents)


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

September 30, 2014, Sacramento, CA 95813


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Whitney Sherman, Baltimore, MD




Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America/SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

20 million stamps

Paper Type:

Raflatac, USPS-P-1238

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC


PMS1365 Yellow, PMS322 Light Blue, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.34 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.92 x 7.24 in./150.36 x 183.90 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

21.72 x 23.68 in./ 551.69 x 601.47 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


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