Stamp Announcement 19-13: Marvin Gaye Stamp

Marvin Gaye Stamp

On April 2, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Marvin Gaye stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 16 stamps (item 586100). The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 2, 2019, and must not be sold or cancelled before the first-day-of-issue. The Marvin Gaye pane of 16 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

With this new stamp in the Music Icons series, the U.S. Postal Service® honors Marvin Gaye (1939–1984), one of the most influential music performers of his generation. The stamp design features a portrait of the “Prince of Soul” inspired by historic photographs. The stamp pane is designed to resemble a vintage, 45-rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes the stamps, brief text about Gaye’s legacy, and the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of the sleeve. Another portrait of Gaye, also inspired by historic photographs, appears on the reverse along with the Music Icons series logo. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp pane with original art by Kadir Nelson.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 586100, Marvin Gaye (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) Commemorative Pane of 16 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 Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web; offices must also check the amount they will receive in their automatic push distribution.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Marvin Gaye stamp. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station. Use of any image other than the following special pictorial image is prohibited.

Guidelines for Finalizing Marvin Gaye Stamp Pictorial Postmark Art



To finalize the Marvin Gaye stamp 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 4 weeks before the event using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announcement/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ or at The Postal Store® website at They must 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 – Marvin Gaye 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 August 2, 2019.

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 USA Philatelic publication and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic publication online at

Locally produced items are not authorized. Only merchandise that has been approved and assigned an item number by Headquarters Retail Marketing may be produced and sold.



Marvin Gaye Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever®


Pane of 16 (1 design)


Music Icons

Issue Date & City:

April 2, 2019, Los Angels, CA 90052

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Kadir Nelson, Los Angeles, CA


Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

40,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.085 x 1.085 in./27.559 x 27.559 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.225 x 1.225 in./31.115 x 31.115 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7 x 7 in./177.8 x 177.8 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

21.25 x 21.25 in./539.75 x 539.75 mm

Plate Size:

144 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


©2018 USPS • USPS logo • Barcode (586100) in lower right corner of pane • Promotional text • Biography brief


• “Marvin Gaye” • Music Icons logo