Stamp Announcement 16-33: Star Trek Stamps

Stamp Announcement 16-33: Star Trek Stamps

On September 2, 2016, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Star Trek stamps (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 474000). The Star Trek pane of 20 stamps ($9.40) may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

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

In 2016, the Postal Service™ celebrates the television show Star Trek on the 50th anniversary of its premiere. Four new stamps showcase four digital illustrations inspired by elements of the classic program: the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet insignia against a gold background, the silhouette of a crewman in a transporter against a red background, the silhouette of the Enterprise from above against a green background, and the Enterprise inside the outline of the Vulcan salute (Spock’s iconic hand gesture) against a blue background. The words “SPACE...THE FINAL FRONTIER,” from Captain Kirk’s famous voice-over, appear beneath the stamps against a background of stars. The Heads of State designed the stamps and created the artwork. Antonio Alcalá was the project’s art director.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 474000, $9.40 Star Trek First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 47 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane 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 are 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.

Special Dedication Postmarks

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

Guidelines for Finalizing Star Trek Stamps Pictorial Postmark Art

Pictorial Postmark Art

Pictorial Postmark Art

To finalize the Star Trek stamps 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 event using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announcement⁄Report. To get a copy of the form, go to http:⁄⁄⁄formmgmt⁄forms⁄ps413.pdf.

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:

Star Trek Stamps
Special Events Coordinator
380 West 33rd Street
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. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by November 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 seven philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 474006, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $56.40.

n 474010*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake
(Set of 4), $15.95.

n 474016*, First-Day Cover (Set of 4), $3.64.

n 474021*, Digital Color Postmark (Set of 4), $6.48.

n 474024*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 474030*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 474033*, Panel, $10.95.

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.



Star Trek Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail®, Forever


Pane of 20



Issue Date & City:

September 2, 2016, New York,
NY 10199


The Heads of State, Philadelphia, PA

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


The Heads of State, Philadelphia, PA


The Heads of State, Philadelphia, PA


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

80 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 7577C Orange, PMS 124C Orange, PMS 1565C Yellow, PMS 7499C Yellow

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):

6.00 x 8.00 in⁄152.40 x 203.20 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

12.13 x 24.25 in⁄307.98 x 615.95 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by eight (8) digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: Star Trek • Other: Space…The Final Frontier


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