Stamp Announcement 14-46: Batman Stamps

Stamp Announcement 14-46: Batman Stamps

On October 9, 2014, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Batman stamps (Forever® First-Class Mail® priced at 49 cents) in eight designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) souvenir sheet of 20 stamps (Item 588400). The $9.80 Batman souvenir sheet may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 9, 2014.

Showcasing eight unique designs in a pane of 20 stamps, this new issuance from the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the 75th anniversary of Batman. Four versions of the iconic DC Comics super hero are depicted from four eras of comic book history. In addition, there are four circular stamps showcasing the evolution of the Bat-Signal. The background illustration features a silhouette of Batman standing on a bridge with the skyline of Gotham City looming above him. The verso side of the pane features two illustrations of Batman and text about the history of the character. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp pane.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 588400, Batman First-Class Mail (Forever priced at $9.80 and sold as a pane) Commemorative Souvenir Sheet of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make a subsequent automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web. However, offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Batman stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing the Batman Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art


Special Dedication Postmarks

Special Dedication Postmarks

Special Dedication Postmarks

Special Dedication Postmarks

Special Dedication Postmarks

Special Dedication Postmarks

Special Dedication Postmarks

Special Dedication Postmarks

Special Dedication Postmarks

Special Dedication Postmarks

To finalize the Batman stamp pictorial postmark art, insert the date, city, state and ZIP™ Code of the physical location of your event adjacent to the stamp image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed 4 inches horizontally by 2 inches vertically. Collectors prefer the dimensions 3-1/2 inches by 1.

The Postal Service™ must make all special postmarks known to collectors through advance publicity in the Postal Bulletin. Therefore, all special dedication cancellations must be reported to Stamp Services four weeks before the events using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announcement/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

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:

Batman Stamps
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 December 8, 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 for this stamp issue:

n 588406, Press Sheet with Die cut, $88.20
(print quantity 2,500).

n 588408, Press Sheet without Die cut, $88.20
(print quantity 2,500).

n 588410*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (random), $11.95.

n 588416*, First-Day Cover (set of 8), $7.44.

n 588421*, Digital Color Postmark (set of 8), $13.12.

n 588424*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 588430*, Ceremony Program (random), $6.95.

n 588431*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 588432*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color
Postmark, $1.99.

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.

The $9.80 Batman souvenir sheet may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually, and should be tracked in AIC 018 as a Philatelic product.



Batman stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

Forever First-Class Mail


Pane of 20 (8 designs)



Issue Date & City:

October 9, 2014, New York, NY 10199


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America/SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta Model 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

80 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):


0.84 x 1.42 in./21.34 x 36.07 mm

1.04 x 1.04 in/26.42 x 26.42 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.5 x 7.25 in./215.90 x 184.15 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

25.5 x 21.75 in./ 647.70 x 552.45 mm

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


© 2014 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (588400)
• Promotional text • Batman logo and Trademark Information • DC Comics
• Batman images • Batman Story line