U.S. Stamp Series and Sets

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2016 Commemorative Year Set

Get all the 2016 U.S. commemorative and regular issue stamps you need for your collection with Mystic’s money-saving sets.

These convenient sets let you add an entire year’s worth of U.S. stamps to your album in one simple step.  Plus you’ll save time and money compared to ordering individual stamps!

 

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America’s First Inverts

119b copy

The rare #119b – Click for a high-res view!

Nearly 150 years ago, officials unveiled a revolutionary stamp series produced by the National Bank Note Company. For the first time in American postal history, designs other than portraits of national leaders were pictured on a U.S. stamp. The Pictorial Series also featured the first bi-color U.S. stamps.

The public was underwhelmed by the stamps and criticized the designs as being frivolous.  But 19th-century collectors soon found a reason to love them…

Bi-color printing was done in two steps. The central design (vignette) was printed first. The stamp sheet was then placed back on the flat press and the frame was added. In a few cases, human error led to the sheet being placed on the press backwards. The result – the first inverted stamps in U.S. history! Continue reading

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Martín Ramírez First Day of Issue Ceremony

The Fleetwood First Day Covers were hand-stamped with a pictorial cancel at the First Day of Issue ceremony.  Each guest who attended received a program in a commemorative First Day Cover.

The Fleetwood First Day Covers were hand-stamped with a pictorial cancel at the First Day of Issue ceremony. Each guest who attended received a program in a commemorative First Day Cover.

On March 26, 2015, New York City’s Ricco/Maresca Gallery hosted the First Day of Issue dedication ceremony for five stamps.  The ceremony corresponded with the opening of a new exhibit of the artist’s work, titled Martín Ramírez: Forever. Continue reading

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1869 Pictorial Issues

The 1869 Pictorials were historic.  They were the first U.S. stamps to feature something other than the bust or head of a famous American leader.  They were also the first bi-color stamps.

As precursors of today’s commemorative stamps, the Pictorials were revolutionary for their time.  Never before had stamps featured paintings, horses and locomotives.  Never before had stamps attempted such artistic creativity… yet Americans rejected them as frivolous and inappropriate!  Today, the Pictorials are among the most desirable of all U.S. issues. Continue reading

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Series of 1902-03

This series is an extreme example of officials deliberately using postage stamps as learning tools. Included within the ornate frames of each stamp are symbols relating to the honored American’s legacy, along with biographical information about him or her. These design details were added to help new immigrants learn American history easily – an important lesson carried throughout the mail system, costing only pennies apiece.

The ornate new designs, however, were not the only addition to the 1902 series. The 13-cent denomination was added, and two new faces were introduced – Benjamin Harrison and Admiral David Farragut. For the first time in postal history, an American woman was honored.

A slight change was also made in the format. Each stamp in this series bears the inscription, “Series 1902.” This caused some concern abroad, as many European philatelists wondered whether the U.S. was planning on issuing new stamps each year.  Many of the stamps, however, did not even reach post offices until 1903, and the next general issues were not produced until 1908.  Imperforate 1¢, 2¢ and 5¢ stamps were also issued. Continue reading

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Celebrate the Century

On February 3rd, 1998, the Postal Service released the first sheets of Celebrate the Century stamps. Prompted by the upcoming Millennium celebration, this  series recognizes those people, places, and events that shaped the twentieth century.  Each sheet contains 15 stamps – click on the enlarged stamps to discover more about each subject.

US #3182 Celebrate the Century – 1900s

US #3182
Celebrate the Century – 1900s

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