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.
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.
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.
The People’s Favourite, He Is
I 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.
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.
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.