Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The Stamp Professor writes on his website, "The first USPS Commemorative Panel was issued September 20, 1972 for the 8c Wildlife Issue Block of 4 (Scott #1464-67). Since then, over 700 different panels have been produced, one for almost every commemorative stamp for over 30 years."
He goes on to say, "Usually, a panel will bear two or three engravings, more or less related to the subject of the stamps. Most of the engravings are great art work. Along, with these engravings is a text that provides an interesting insight into the stamp's subject. There, is often information about the subject that will be not be found from any other philatelic source. The 8-1/2 x 11-1/4 inch panels are a great addition to a specialized collection. Many are attractively framed and on the walls, of CPAs, War Veterans, and Sports and Animal lovers.
"The Panels are printed on quality heavy white paper stock. The stamps or sheets are mounted in plastic mounts (such as Showgards) to maintain their mint never hinged condition. The Panels are distributed by the USPS in protective sleeves. The sleeve consist of a light cardboard backing and a plastic cover that is usually but not always sealed. Some collectors prefer their panels with the sleeve sealed or in the original condition. Others remove the sleeve for the neat mounting the Panel in an album or frame."
For a comprehensive listing, photos and price list for US Commemorative panels, click here.