Stamp Announcement 16-29: Pets Stamps

Stamp Announcement 16-29: Pets Stamps

On August 2, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Pets stamps (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in 20 designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) double-sided booklet of 20 stamps (Item 680700).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 2, 2016.

With this booklet of 20 stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates the animals in our lives that bring us joy, companionship, and love. The stamp art features existing photographs of different animals taken against white backgrounds. Each photograph represents animals from these groups: puppies, betta fish, iguanas, hamsters, goldfish, parrots, guinea pigs, tortoises, rabbits, kittens, corn snakes, mice, hermit crabs, chinchillas, gerbils, dogs, parakeets, horses, cats, and geckos. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps with existing photographs by Eric Isselée.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 680700, $9.40 Pets (47-cent Forever First-Class Rate) Double-sided Booklet of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution will be available by logging on to SFS Web at https:⁄⁄ 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.

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 http:⁄⁄⁄shop, 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:

Pets Stamps
United States Postal Service
Attn: Marilyn Wassell
1001 East Sunset Road, #2009
Las Vegas, NV 89199-9998

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. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by October 2, 2016.

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 http:⁄⁄⁄shop, 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 five philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 680706, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $75.20.

n 680710*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake
(random single), $11.95.

n 680716*, First-Day Cover (Set of 20), $18.20.

n 680721*, Digital Color Postmark (Set of 20), $32.40.

n 680730*, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.

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.



Pets Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Double-Sided Booklet of 20



Issue Date & City:

August 2, 2016, Las Vegas, NV 89119

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Existing Photos:

Eric Isselée


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Booklet:


Print Quantity:

400,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.05 x 0.77 in.⁄26.67 x 19.56 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

1.19 x 0.91 in.⁄30.23 x 23.11 mm

Full Booklet Size (w x h):

2.38 x 5.76 in.⁄60.45 x 146.30 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

23.29 x 4.76 in.⁄ 591.57 x 120.90 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Plate Size:

880 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:

Header. “Pets” • Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • Plate numbers in peel strip area • © 2015 • USPS Logo • Promotional Text in peel strip area