Stamp Announcement 17-12: Grapes Stamp

Grapes Stamp

On February 24, 2017, in Grapevine, TX, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the 5-cent denominated Grapes stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 111400).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 24, 2017.

Originally issued in 2016, in a coil format, Grapes, a 5-cent definitive stamp, will be available in 2017, in panes of 20. The stamp art features two clusters of deep-purple Pinot noir grapes growing on vines among several green leaves. The illustrations were created with pen and ink and watercolor. Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp with an existing illustration by John Burgoyne.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 111400 5-cent Grapes PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web.

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 First-Class Mail® requirements. 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:

FDOI – Grapes Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

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 April 24, 2017.

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 111416*, First-Day Cover, $0.98.

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.



Grapes Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

5-cent Denominated, Mail Use


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

February 24, 2017, Grapevine, TX 76051

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Existing Art:

John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint – “USPS”


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

30,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 7667 C Purple, PMS Warm Gray 4 C

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.73 x 0.84 in/18.54 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.87 x 0.98 in/22.10 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.35 x 4.93 in/135.89 x 125.22 mm

Plate Size:

400 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by six (6) digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate number in 4 corners


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