The latest announcement from Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA has been a deal with USPS to release a limited set of Disney stamps featuring 10 iconic villains. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan has said in a statement that these stamps will highlight the Disney Villains and the spirit of the Disney Ink and Paint Department that did an amazing job at bringing these characters to life.
Availability of the New Disney Postage Stamps
These Disney stamps can be purchased at any US Post Office with a price of $9.80 per sheet of 20 and have been available since they were issued on July 15th. High demand for the stamps after the announcement at D23 have made them a considerable collector’s item for many Disney fans.
Each stamp will also be available individually as a USPS Forever Stamp, which is always valued at the current price of first-class letter postage, currently $0.49 cents.
In the past, other Disney characters have been honored with Forever stamps, including Darth Vader, Captain America, Peter Pan, WALL-E and Mickey Mouse. Most recent was a set of five stamps featuring Pixar characters issued on June 1st, 2012.
In addition to these Disney stamps, collectors can also pick up First Day Covers or framed artwork of the Disney villains including the characters.
Each collectible pane includes two copies of the 10 famous Disney villains from the hand drawn era of animation. You’ll find Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Honest John from Pinocchio, Cruella De Vil from One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Lady Tremaine from Cinderella, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, the Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, and Scar from The Lion King.
The stamps are self-adhesive and featuring high-quality offset printing. Each individual stamp is 1.225 inches by 1.56 inches and can be used as any other US postage stamp.
Of special note is that Gaston and Scar, although hand drawn onto animation cells, were scanned and digitally painted for the films. The USPS chose to recreate the look and feel of traditional ink and paint techniques for the coloring of their respective stamps. This additional attention to detail adds a level of authenticity not commonly seen in commemorative stamps.
The reverse side of the full page, per USPS’s product description, will include quotes from each character, including fan favorites such as “Off with their heads!” and You poor simple fools! Thinking you could defeat me, me, the Mistress of All Evil.”
For collectors wanting to frame and show off each side, it is recommended to buy two or more. For the collector wanting to request a first-day cancel, these requests must be postmarked by September 15th. If you’re a collector, you might also be interested in the new Star Trek stamps or the thermochromic eclipse stamps released this year.
Stamp collectors may have met their match when it comes to Disney, so if your interest in these stamps is high you should be out looking immediately. The affordability of the full sheet of Disney stamps complements its amazing design and backdrop, provided by art director Derry Noyes, is perfectly suited for either framing or gift giving. What’s your favorite Disney villains stamp?