Stamp Announcement 17-24: Strawberries Stamp

Stamp Announcement 17 - 24: Strawberries Stamp

On May 5, 2017, in Acton, MA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the 3-cent Strawberries stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 10,000 stamps (Item 760300). The stamp will go on sale nationwide May 5, 2017.

In 2017, the U.S. Postal Service will issue Strawberries, a new 3-cent definitive stamp featuring an illustration of three ripe, red strawberries surrounded by leaves and hulls, and three smaller green strawberries in various stages of growth. A small white flower from the strawberry plant completes the picture. Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp using an existing illustration by John Burgoyne, created with pen, ink, and watercolor.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 760300, Strawberries, 3-cent Rate, PSA Coil of 10,000 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web at

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 – Strawberries 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 July 5, 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 at, by calling 800-782-6724, or by writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

n 760316*, First-Day Cover, $0.96.

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.



Strawberries Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

3-cent Denominated, Mail Use


Coil of 10,000 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

May 5, 2017, Acton, MA 01720

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Existing Photos:

John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Coil:


Print Quantity:

200,000,000 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