More 2017 U.S. Stamps Revealed

The United States Postal Service announced another grouping of stamps to be issued in 2017. Here is a link to the other 2017 stamps previously revealed. No issue dates have been announced for any of the 2017 stamps as of today.

A slide show of the images is provided along with the USPS press release below.

[USPS Press Release]

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service today announced more subjects that will be featured on Forever stamps in the new year.

“2017 will be an exciting year for the Postal Service’s stamp program,” said Mary-Anne Penner, U.S. Postal Service Director, Stamp Services. “This amazing collection of stamps features beautiful art, distinguished Americans and historic events.”

Here are the latest additions:

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On the Road Course: Damaged, Altered, Repaired Stamps February 16, 2017

The American Philatelic Society will offer a one-day On the Road Course February 16, 2017 titled “Detecting Damaged, Altered, and Repaired Stamps.” The course, taught by Michael Ball and Scott Murphy, takes place just prior to the Aripex at the Mesa Convention Center in Mesa, Arizona.

The course will teach participants how to protect themselves when acquiring stamps. The course will strengthen your collecting know how by helping you answer questions such as:
• Is that mark across the corner of your stamp a repair or was it made by the printer?
• Is your stamp really a used Scott 315 ($1,250 value) or is it a trimmed 304 ($2.25 value)?
• Are the crackled markings on the back of your stamp from being regummed?

The course runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch on your own) and the registration deadline is January 20. Register early because class sizes are limited.

For the full course description, which costs $95 for APS Members and $145 for non-members, visit the APS website. Note that the registration fee does not include housing or meals.

Two Changes Coming for Danish and Swedish Stamps

Swedish Northern Lights stamps issued in November with marginal markings of color circles and a plate number.
Swedish Northern Lights stamps issued in November with marginal markings of color circles and a plate number.

The APS recently received an e-mail from Bo Overgaard-Hoeifeldt, Head of Sales and Marketing for PostNord Stamps, about upcoming changes related to Danish and Swedish stamps affecting stamp soaking and special markings.

“As always, when it comes to the philatelic part of our business, changes in production and postal use of our stamps are always reflected directly in our philatelic products,” said Overgaard-Hoeifeldt.

“The changes are expected to take place within the first half of 2017 when Cartor/Walsall Security Printers (WSP) will print the first stamps for us. As soon as I know which issue will be the first I will inform you. The reason for this uncertainty is, that we try to print as much as possible at our existing print house in Stockholm simply to use all the raw materials we already have in stock there,” said Overgaard-Hoeifeldt.

The changes noted by PostNord specifically included the following for stamp soaking:
“It will no longer be possible to remove the stamps from envelopes and postcards. This change is introduced to reduce fraud, where stamps are being reused. This change is only related to self adhesive stamps — until further notice our minisheet will be printed on gummed paper and thus they will still be removable after soaking.”

And this in regards to special markings:
“There will no more be special markings on sheets and rolls (cylinder numbers, colour markings etc.). This change is made simply because these features are not needed at Cartor/WSP’s production.”

New Holiday Wreath Vended Stamp

Holiday Wreath SSK vended stamp.
Holiday Wreath SSK vended stamp.

A new Holiday Wreath vended stamp was loaded into self-service kiosk vending machines at post office in the United States in early November. The labels temporarily replace the flag design for the holiday season.

The design for the stamp features the Holiday Windows stamp design of a wreath that was created by artist William Low.

These vended stamps are listed by Scott catalog editors in the computer vended postage stamps category. Those interested in learning more about these stamps can visit the Meter Stamp Society, an affiliate of the American Philatelic Society.

On the Road Course: Mastering Postal History January 26, 2017

The American Philatelic Society will offer an On the Road Course January 26, 2017 titled “Mastering Postal History: How to Read and Interpret a Cover” (One Day Course). The course, by instructor Gary Wayne Loew, takes place just prior to the Southeastern Stamp Expo show in Norcross, Georgia (an Atlanta suburb).

The purpose of this course is to enable participants to fully understand their postal history collections.
• What is the story that each cover can tell?
• How to organize your covers into a more meaningful postal history collection.
• How to maximize the value of your covers.
• How to become a more informed buyer and learn what to pay for a cover.

The course runs from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (lunch on your own) and the registration deadline is January 7, 2017. Register early because class sizes are limited.

For the full course description, which costs $65 for APS Members and $105 for Non-members, visit the APS website. Some of the costs for this course are being underwritten by the Southeastern Stamp Expo
Note that the registration fee does not include housing or meals.