New Green Succulent Global Forever Stamp Announced

A new $1.15 Green Succulent global forever international rate stamp will be formally issued April 28 in San Francisco, the U.S. Postal Service said Friday. The stamp had not been previously announced.

The Green Succulent global forever stamp will be valid to send a 1-ounce letter to any country where first-class mail international service is available. The stamp, which features a photograph of an echeveria, a succulent native to the Americas, will be sold in panes of 10.

The stamp release coincides with the Westpex stamp show scheduled for April 28-30 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront Hotel. It is likely that the show will host a first-day ceremony for the stamp.

William J. Gicker was the art director and Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Erika Kirkpatrick.

Stamp Madness Round Two Starts

The public has chosen and Round 2 of 2017 Stamp Madness has begun.

Not surprisingly, the two contestants from the United States — the 1962 Mercury space capsule and 1964 World’s Fair stamps — remain in the running, as do stamps from Japan, India, New Zealand, Canada, Greece, and Laos.

The winners of this round will advance to the first Final Four in the American Philatelic Society’s inaugural contest. Lucky entrants from our Preview contest and from the championship round will win some fun philatelic prizes.

Round 1 victors included two stamps each from the Americas: United States’ World’s Fair and Canada Eastern Farm; and from the Afro-India Division: Greece’s Grapes and Bread and India’s Taj Mahal.

Shockingly, no stamps from Europe survived Round 1 and all four survivors come from the Pacific Division: the Elephant from Laos; New Zealand’s Southern Alps and Chapel; the U.S. Project Mercury; and Suigo Quasi-National Park from Japan.

Vote via Facebook or Twitter. May the best stamp win!

Eight Advance in Stamp Madness Bracket

Eight stamps have advanced to the second round of the 2017 American Philatelic Society’s inaugural 2017 Stamp Madness head-to-head bracket contest.

Matchups for Round 2 will be:

The U.S. Project Mercury stamp (which won the most votes in Round 1) from 1962 against New Zealand’s Southern Alps and Chapel (1946).

Japan’s Suigo Quasi-National Park stamp of 1962 against the 1958 Elephant stamp from Laos.

India’s Taj Mahal stamp of 1949 against the Eastern Farm stamp (1946) from Canada.

The U.S. World’s Fair stamp of 1964 vs. the Greece’s Grapes and Bread stamp of 1953.

The stamps, chosen from the years 1946 to 1970, advanced via public voting on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter. The eventual champion will be crowned via three more rounds of public voting. Round 2 voting begins Friday.

Some fun philatelic prizes based on our pre-tournament Pick the Winner contest and the championship round will be awarded at the end of the tournament.

Mississippi Statehood Stamp March 31

Mississippi Statehood
Mississippi Statehood

The United States Postal Service will honor the 200th anniversary of Mississippi Statehood with a new commemorative forever stamp being issued March 31 in Gulfport, Mississippi and nationwide.

Details on the ceremony in Gulfport and additional information on the stamp are provided in the USPS press release below.

[USPS Press Release]

Postal Service Saluting 200th Anniversary of Mississippi Statehood
New Forever Stamp Debuts at South Mississippi Bicentennial Celebration

What: The U.S. Postal Service commemorates the 200th anniversary of Mississippi becoming the 20th state on December 10, 1817. The Mississippi Statehood Forever stamp features a photograph taken by Lou Bopp in 2009. It shows a close-up of a musician’s hands as he plays his guitar. Mississippi is the birthplace of many legendary blues artists who created a uniquely American genre of music.

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Garfield-Perry March Party, March 23–25

The Garfield-Perry Stamp Club’s March Party stamp exhibition and bourse will be held March 23–35 at the La Villa Conference and Banquet Center, 11500 Brook Park Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44130. Show hours are 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday. Admission and parking are free.

The show will feature:
• 60 dealers.
• 200 frames of exhibits.
• the USPS and UNPA will be present at the show selling current items.
• United Nations First Day of Issue ceremony, International Dance, six mini-sheets, Thursday at 12 p.m.
• U.S. Postal Service First Day of Issue, 10-cent Pear, Thursday at 1 p.m.
• a Garfield-Perry pictorial cancel and show cachet.
• free stamps for kids in our youth and new collector area.

The United States Stamp Society and Ohio Postal History Society will hold their annual meetings at the show. There will be other presentations and events, including a discussion by author James Barron of his book The One-Cent Magenta: Inside the Quest to Own the Most Valuable Stamp in the World at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

All are invited to attend the APS Town Hall meeting with Scott English at the show, Friday March 24 at 11 a.m. APS Ambassadors and Chapter representatives are encouraged to attend to learn about new APS initiatives, programs and other news to take back to your chapter meetings.

More information about the show is available at Garfield-Perry’s website.