Friday, May 25, 2007

Bigger than Elvis?

Today is the big day for Star Wars fans throughout the galaxy...or at least in your hometown.

USPS is releasing 15 different Star Wars commemorative stamps that feature images from all six movies. Approximately 30 million sheets, which each contains the 15 stamps, have been printed.

The Defiance Crescent News in Defiance, OH quotes Steve Gorka, Defiance postmaster as saying "I think, personally, with the large base of Star Wars fans out there, it might be one of the largest single interest stamp events we've ever seen. There are rumors it might surpass the Elvis Presley stamp."

"They really are an attractive group of stamps," Gorka said in the article by Lisa Nicely.

Gorka added that the presale of the stamps via the national postal service website have hit a record with approximately 183,000 sheets sold. Pre-orders started 30 days in advance of the general sales and are not shipped until sales begin.

According to Gorka, the display and posters promoting the stamps cannot be given out afterward. "We've had customers and employees ask for any of that memorabilia including the display, but because of the licensing agreement with Lucas Films all of those materials must be destroyed at end of the display period."

One Star Wars stamp, voted on by the public as the favorite stamp, will be also be announced today. It will be issued as a single stamp later on in addition to inclusion in the Star Wars stamp set.

As of Wednesday, the postal service said it has received more than a half a million voters. The top two vote getters were Yoda and Darth Vader, with Yoda having had a slight lead earlier this week.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM