Stamps: Star Wars

This is one of the more unusual stamp series in my collection: the 30th anniversary of Star Wars.

United States Postal Service (USPS) issued 15 stamps in this series, featuring characters (and space vehicles) from episodes I to VI. No Jabba the Hut, though.

USPS 2007 Star Wars Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

USPS 2007 Star Wars Princess Leia and R2D2

Princess Leia and R2-D2

USPS 2007 Star Wars C3PO

C-3PO

USPS 2007 Star Wars Chewbacca and Han Solo

Chewbacca and Han Solo

USPS 2007 Star Wars Millenium Falcon

The Millenium Falcon

USPS 2007 Star Wars X-wing

X-Wing Starfighter

USPS 2007 Star Wars Obi Wan Kenobi

Obi-Wan Kenobi

USPS 2007 Star Wars Yoda

Master Yoda

USPS 2007 Star Wars Darth Vader

Darth Vader

USPS 2007 Star Wars Anakin Skywalker and Obi Wan Kenobi

Anakin Skywalker vs Obi-Wan Kenobi

USPS 2007 Star Wars Stormtroopers

Imperial Stormtroopers

USPS 2007 Star Wars Boba Fett

Boba Fett

USPS 2007 Star Wars Darth Maul

Darth Maul

USPS 2007 Star Wars Emperor Palpatine

Emperor Palpatine

USPS 2007 Star Wars Queen Padme

Queen Padme Amidala

Country: United States of America
Issue Date: 25th May 2007

Star Wars Day

May 25th is considered by Hollywood as “Star Wars Day”; Star Wars (episode IV) premiered on 25th May 1977. However, all Star Wars fans know that Star Wars Day is May 4th. Click here for some background and theories about Star Wars Day. I seriously doubt the “May Fourth Movement” connection though, I mean, come on.

Commemorative Sheet

The stamps are available together on a commemorative sheet (below left). The back of the sheet provides a brief intro to the movie franchise and a short “bio” of each character (below right). Click the images to zoom in.

USPS 2007 Star Wars 1600px

Commemorative sheet

USPS 2007 Star Wars back 1600px

Issue details on the back of the sheet

The People’s Favourite, He Is

USPS 2007 Star Wars Yoda stamp from sheetI think that if you wanted to buy these stamps in 2007 (they are no longer on sale from USPS), you could only buy them on this sheet (or maybe individually over the counter). Only one of these stamps was issued on a regular stamp sheet: After a competition run by USPS, the American public voted Yoda their favourite character from this series, and so USPS honoured the Jedi Master with his own stamp sheet. Here is one of the Yoda “sheet” stamps. As you can see, the image is the same but the design is slightly different.

Postcards

In my collection, I also have a set of USPS stamped postcards of this issue. In true Star Wars figurine style, they are in their original packaging.

USPS Postcards Star Wars 2007

USPS Star Wars stamped postcards

USPS Postcards Star Wars 2007 back

Back of the pack

The back of the pack states: “Package Not Suitable for Philatelic Archiving”. Fair enough. However, with the humidity here, the whole of Thailand is probably not suitable for philatelic archiving. I try to keep my collection climate-controlled. I just hope it doesn’t turn to dust and mould in years to come.

2 comments

  1. Do your best to protect them, they look magnificent!

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    1. Thanks, will do! I keep a lot of them in airtight food-type boxes. Not the greatest way to display them, but anyway.

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