Stamp Announcement 20-02: Big Bend Stamp


On January 18, 2020, in Big Bend National Park, TX, the United States Postal Service® will issue the $7.75 Big Bend Priority Mail® stamp in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of four stamps (Item 120800). The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 18, 2020, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

With this Priority Mail stamp, the United States Postal Service celebrates the beauty of the Big Bend region in West Texas, where river, mountain, and desert ecosystems coexist in its vast expanses. The stamp art depicts the Rio Grande flowing between the sheer limestone cliffs of Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 120800, $7.75 Big Bend Priority Mail PSA Pane of Four Stamps

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

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 – Big Bend 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 May 18, 2020.

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.



Big Bend Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

$7.75 Priority Mail Rate


Pane of 4 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

January 18, 2019, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

6,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 1.085 in/36.068 x 27.559 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 1.225 in/39.624 x 31.115 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

4.12 x 3.45 in/104.648 x 87.63 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate number in two corners of pane


©2019 USPS • USPS logo • Four barcodes (120800) • Plate position diagram (5) • Promotional text