Stamp Announcement 15-37: Spectrum Eagle Stamps

Stamp Announcement 15-37: Spectrum Eagle Stamps

On September 2, 2015, in Eagleville, MO, the U.S. Postal Service® will reissue the Spectrum Eagle Presort First-Class Mail® nondenominated stamp (priced at 25 cents), in six designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 10,000 (Item 788500).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide September 2, 2015.

The Spectrum Eagle Presorted First-Class Mail issuance celebrates the grandeur of the bald eagle with an artist’s rendering of this magnificent bird. Originally issued in 2012, these stamps are being reprinted in 2015. The eagle’s profile is depicted in white, set against a sequence of six varying shades of reds, yellows, greens, and blues. Each color blends with the one following, resulting in a gradual spectrum from left to right across the six stamps. Illustrator Michael Osborne worked with art director Ethel Kessler to create the stamp art.

Distribution: Item 788500, Spectrum Eagle, Non-Denominated (priced at 25 cents) Presorted First-Class PSA Coil of 10,000

Initial Supply to Post Offices

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may order stamps through SFSWeb prior to the 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. Each cover must have sufficient postage to meet the First-Class Mail requirement. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at or by calling 800-782-6724. 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:

Spectrum Eagle Stamps
Cancellation Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-0001

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 1, 2015.

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 is one philatelic product for this stamp issue:

n 788517, First-Day Cover (set of 6), $5.64.

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.



Spectrum Eagle Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

Presorted First-Class Mail


Coil of 10,000, 6 designs



Issue Date & City:

September 2, 2015, Eagleville, MO 64442

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Michael Osborne, San Francisco, CA


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Coil:


Print Quantity:

150 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm

Plate Size:

594 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Coil Number Frequency:

Plate numbers every 27th stamp below stamp image