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First Day Covers (FDC) 2021 Ordering Calendar

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FDOI – Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII - color cancel
Digital Color Pictorial

Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII 
Issue date June 3, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII" 2021 Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline October 3, 2021

FDOI – Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII - Black and White Cancel
Black and White Pictorial

Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII 
Issue date June 3, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WWII" 2021 Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline October 3, 2021

USPS, Frist Day of Issue, Color Cancel, Emilio Sanchez, 2021
Digital Color Pictorial

Emilio Sanchez
Issue date June 10, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Emilio Sanchez" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline October 10, 2021

USPS First Day of Issue, Emilio Sanchez, Color Cancel, 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Emilio Sanchez
Issue date June 10, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Emilio Sanchez" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline October 10, 2021

USPS Sun Science Color Cancel, 2021 - First Day of Issue
Digital Color Pictorial

Sun Science
Issue date June 18, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Sun Science" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline October 18, 2021

USPS Sun Science Black and White Cancel, 2021 - First Day of Issue
Black and White Pictorial

Sun Science
Issue date June 18, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Sun Science" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline October 18, 2021


Digital Color Pictorial

Yogi Berra
Issue date June 24, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Yogi Berra" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline October 24, 2021

USPS, Yogi Berra First Day Cancel in Black and White 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Yogi Berra
Issue date June 24, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Yogi Berra" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline October 24, 2021


Digital Color Pictorial

Tap Dance
Issue date July 10, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Tap Dance" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline November 10, 2021

USPS Sun Science Black and White Cancel, 2021 - First Day of Issue
Black and White Pictorial

Tap Dance
Issue date July 10, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Tap Dance" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline November 10, 2021

USPS Mystery Message Cancel in Color, 2021
Digital Color Pictorial

Mystery Message
Issue date July 14, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Mystery Message" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline November 14, 2021

USPS Mystery Message Cancel in Black and White, 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Mystery Message
Issue date July 14, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Mystery Message" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline November 14, 2021

USPS, Western Wear Cancel in Color, 2021
Digital Color Pictorial

Western Wear
Issue date July 23, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Western Wear" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline November 23, 2021

USPS, Western Wear Cancel in Black and White, 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Western Wear
Issue date July 23, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Western Wear" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline November 23, 2021

USPS, Ursula K. Le Guin cancel in color, 2021
Digital Color Pictorial

Ursula K. Le Guin
Issue date July 27, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Ursula K. Le Guin" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline November 27, 2021

USPS, Ursula K. Le Guin cancel in black and white, 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Ursula K. Le Guin
Issue date July 27, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Ursula K. Le Guin" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline November 27, 2021

USPS, Raven Story cancel in color, 2021
Digital Color Pictorial

Raven Story
Issue date July 30, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Raven Story" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline November 30, 2021

USPS, Raven Story cancel in black and white, 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Raven Story
Issue date July 30, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Raven Story" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline November 30, 2021

USPS, Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses, 2021
Digital Color Pictorial

Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses
Issue date August 6, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline December 6, 2021

USPS, Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses in black and white, 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses
Issue date August 6, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Mid-Atlantic Lighthouses" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline December 6, 2021

USPS, Missouri Statehood cancel in color, 2021
Digital Color Pictorial

Missouri Statehood
Issue date August 10, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Missouri Statehood" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline December 10, 2021

USPS, Missouri Statehood in black and white, 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Missouri Statehood
Issue date August 10, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Missouri Statehood" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline December 10, 2021

USPS, Backyard Games cancel in color, 2021
Digital Color Pictorial

Backyard Games
Issue date August 12, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Backyard Games" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline December 12, 2021

USPS, Backyard Games cancel in black and white, 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Backyard Games
Issue date August 12, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Backyard Games" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline December 12, 2021

USPS, Happy Birthday, 2021
Digital Color Pictorial

Happy Birthday 
Issue date September 9, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Happy Birthday" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline January 9, 2022

USPS, Happy Birthday cancel in black and white, 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Happy Birthday 
Issue date September 9, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Happy Birthday" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline January 9, 2022

USPS, Message Monsters cancel in color, 2021
Digital Color Pictorial

Message Monsters
Issue date September 24, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Message Monsters" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline January 24, 2022

USPS, Message Monsters cancel in black and white, 2021
Black and White Pictorial

Message Monsters 
Issue date September 24, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Message Monsters" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline January 24, 2022

Day of the Dead First Day of Issue in color
Digital Color Pictorial

Day of the Dead 
Issue date September 30, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Day of the Dead" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline January 30, 2022

Day of the Dead First Day of Issue black and white cancel
Black and White Pictorial

Day of the Dead 
Issue date September 30, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Day of the Dead" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline January 30, 2022

A Visit from St. Nick cancel in color
Digital Color Pictorial

A Visit from St. Nick 
Issue date October 7, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "A Visit from St. Nick" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline February 7, 2022

A Visit from St. Nick cancel in black and white
Black and White Pictorial

A Visit from St. Nick 
Issue date October 7, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "A Visit from St. Nick" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline February 7, 2022

Otters in the Snow cancel in color
Digital Color Pictorial

Otters in the Snow
Issue date October 12, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Otters in the Snow" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline February 12, 2022

Otters in the Snow cancel in black and white
Black and White Pictorial

Otters in the Snow
Issue date October 12, 2021.
FDCs to:
FDOI — "Otters in the Snow" Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900
FDC deadline February 12, 2022

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What Are First Day Covers?

First Day Covers are envelopes that bear a stamp cancelled on the first day it was issued.

Over the years the form that these covers take has changed. Covers that come down to us from the 19th century would have been those that happened to be commercially used—that is not prepared by collectors—on the first day the stamp was issued.

In many instances, even into the 20th Century for some stamps, the precise date of issue is not known, so Earliest Known, or Documented, Usages become the next best thing to FDCs.

As they were not intended to be collectibles, those early FDCs do not bear the First Day Cancellation that we see today. Instead, we see whatever cancel happened to be used where the cover was processed.

Those covers also would have come from whatever city the stamp might have been available, as opposed to the “Official First Day of Issue” sites that have become customary for most issues.

(Even today, some collectors who prefer postally used FDCs seek commercially used covers instead of those with the USPS First Day Cancellation.)

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Collecting First Day Covers

As FDCs became a popular collecting area, the Post Office Department began producing special First Day of Issue cancellations, and arranged for collectors to send in their covers to receive the FDOI cancel. Those early FDOI cancels did not bear an illustration; today, the cancellation incorporates a design that is related to the stamp subject.

At first, collectors were required to send in the covers before the stamp was actually issued. Those rules were later relaxed so that today for most stamps, collectors have 60 days after the date of issue in which to submit their requests. However, those covers must bear the stamp(s) to which the FDOI cancel is to be applied.

The U.S. Postal Service also now sells its own FDCs for a modest premium over the face value of the stamp(s); however, those covers are blanks, and do not have the cachets—that is the designs printed or painted on the left side of, or all over, the cover—that most collectors prefer. Such cacheted covers may be obtained from Stamp News First Day Cover advertisers.

Another wrinkle added by the USPS are digital color cancels. For an extra $1.50 collectors can have a specially designed color cancel instead of the standard, free, black cancel that most collectors still use.

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How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Digital Color or Traditional Postmarks

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmarks by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™, by telephone at 800-STAMP-24, or at The Postal Store® website at www.usps.com/shop.

Traditional Postmarks
Customers should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address them to themselves or others, or provide a self-addressed return envelope with sufficient postage large enough to accommodate the canceled item. Mail the request to the address provided by the Postal Service as provided in our First Day Cover Ordering Calendar. There is no charge for the first 50 postmarks. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. For more than 50 postmarks, customers should submit a check, money order, or credit card for payment. After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes to the customer by U.S. Mail. (Note that you can provide a postpaid envelope in which your covers can be returned.)

Digital Color Postmarks
Only select stamp issues offer a digital color postmark. Customers may submit #6 or #10 envelopes with stamps affixed. The envelopes should be constructed of paper rated as "laser safe." The Postal Service recommends envelopes of 80-pound Accent Opaque, acid-free, 9/16" side seams with no glue on the flap. The maximum size of all digital color postmarks is 2" high x 4" long. Allow sufficient space on the envelope to accommodate the postmark. Do not use self-adhesive labels for addresses on the envelope. Two test envelopes must be included. There is a minimum of 10 envelopes at 50 cents per postmark required at the time of servicing. Customers should submit a check, money order, or credit card for payment.

The Postal Service reserves the right to not accept hand-painted and other cachet envelopes that are not compatible with their digital color postmark equipment. The Postal Service also reserves the right to substitute traditional black rubber postmarks if use of non-specified envelopes results in poor image quality or damage to equipment.

Tips for Collectors Seeking FDC Requests
To send the cover to the address to which it must be sent for the FDOI cancel, your FDCs should be sent in an outer envelope.Covers will need an address to which they should be returned. Since unaddressed covers are the standard collecting form for FDCs, a peelable label is the suggested form for black and white postmarks. For color postmarks, labels are not allowed. Nowadays, to prevent an additional cancellation's being applied in transit, or other damage to the cover, some collectors send along another return-addressed envelope in which the FDC can be returned by the USPS. 

If a cover is damaged, or if you do not receive all of your covers, submit a full description of your request to Stamp Fulfillment Services, Cancellation Services, P.O. BOX 499992, Kansas City, MO 64144-9992. The description should include the stamp issue, a description of the envelope, the number and placement of stamps, quantity of covers, and any other information that may assist in locating or replacing your covers. Requests for exchanges or claims must be received within six months of the issue date. 

Covers sent for cancellation must bear sufficient postage to cover the First Class rate. This is important for stamps with a denomination less than that First Class rate.

In addition to the new issue for which the FD cancel is being sought, you can place other stamps adjacent to that stamp. Even used or foreign stamps are acceptable, as long as there is sufficient unused postage to cover the First Class rate, and those used or foreign stamps are affixed in such a way that they will not be cancelled by the FDOI cancellation.

Each cover must have inside a filler card of index or postal card thickness, with the envelope either sealed or with the flap tucked in—the latter being the preferred collecting format.

The addresses to which covers should be sent are supplied by the U.S. Postal Service. They are published in Mekeel’s & Stamps as they are received, and they are posted to our online: USPS New Issues Calendar.

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