1998 32¢ Sylvester and Tweety
Issue Date: April 27, 1998
City: New York, NY
Printed By: Avery Dennison
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 11.1
In addition to the 40 million panes of Sylvester and Tweety stamps produced to normal specifications, 500,000 were created specially die cut with the 10th stamp, the one in the panel, imperforate.
These panes were purchased enthusiastically and sold out within three and a half weeks. Because this sellout predated the issue of the USPS sales catalogue, many collectors complained they were not given a chance to purchase the special panes. In response, the Postal Service issued approximately 150,000 additional panes, available five per customer, through Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City.
This not only made the imperforate pane available to even more collectors, it also angered some stamp dealers who were in the process of large campaigns, advertising the “sold out” Sylvester and Tweety pane.