Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 22-22: Mariachi Stamps


On July 15, 2022, in Albuquerque, NM, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Mariachi stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 482300). These stamps will go on sale nationwide July 15, 2022, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue. The Mariachi pane of 20 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

Mariachi stamps celebrate the unique traditional music of Mexico that has become deeply rooted in the United States. Each of the five new stamps in this pane of 20 features a musician, dressed in traje de charro, the traditional outfit of mariachi performers, playing one of five iconic mariachi instruments: guitar, guitarrón, vihuela, violin, and trumpet. The geometric shapes in the background of each stamp are a nod to Mexican villages, where mariachi music originated. Rafael López designed the stamps and created the art. Derry Noyes served as art director for the project.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 482300, Mariachi (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) Pane of 20 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. Each cover must have sufficient postage to meet First-Class Mail requirements.

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 – Mariachi Stamps
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 November 15, 2022.

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



Mariachi Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (5 designs)



Issue Date & City:

July 15, 2022 Albuquerque, NM 87101

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Rafael López, San Diego, CA


Rafael López, San Diego, CA


Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Gallus RCS

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

18,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.336 x 36.068 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.892 x 39.624 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.92 x 7.775 in./150.368 x 197.485 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

11.84 x 23.325 in./300.736 x 592.455 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by four (4) single digits in two corners

Marginal Markings:


Header: “MARIACHI” • Plate number in bottom two corners


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