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Elvis on Stamps

Updated on October 7, 2012

Elvis - King of Stamps

The most collected and possibly most controversial postage stamp ever issued by the US Postal Service is its Elvis Presley stamp.

The USPS printed 500 million of them - three times the usual print run for a commemorative stamp - and it has become the biggest selling commemorative postage stamp of all time.

First issued on 8th January, 1993 on what would have been Elvis' 58th birthday, by the end of that year alone it had already become the most profitable stamp in the history of the US Postal Service. Consequently the stamp isn't of great monetary value as a collectible item although it remains a must have for any serious Elvis fan or collector of Elvis memorabilia.
Harder to find items such as whole sheets of stamps, first day covers and even covers cancelled with the words Return to Sender are particularly sought after!

The United States, however, is not the only country to have issued Elvis Stamps. In fact, Elvis first appeared on a postage stamp issued in Grenada on the first anniversary of his death in 1978 and has since been featured on international stamps everywhere from Antigua to Zaire.

The Elvis Stamp Ballot

Vintage 1992 Elvis Ballot postcard
Vintage 1992 Elvis Ballot postcard

The image of the young rock 'n' roll Elvis circa 1956 was chosen after a public ballot which saw almost 1.2 million votes cast!

75% of the vote went to choice 'A' the 'young Elvis' water colour by Mark Stutzman beating John Berkey's 1970s jumpsuit era 'old Elvis', choice 'B'. Even Bill Clinton, a huge Elvis fan, publicly endorsed the younger image!

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Lisa Marie Presley at Graceland to receive US Elvis Presley postage stamps - 8 January, 1993

For Elvis' birthday in 1993, he received his own postage stamp. His former wife Priscilla Presley introduces their daughter Lisa Marie, who accepts the award of behalf of Elvis. This was Lisa's first public appearance.

Elvis Presley Stamp Cufflinks - An unusual gift for an Elvis fan!

Elvis Presley Stamp Cufflinks
Elvis Presley Stamp Cufflinks

Approx. 3/4" by 1/4"

Authentic US Postal Stamp

Rhodium Plated Silver

Bullet Back Closure

 

Dutch Elvis Postage Stamp - Issued on 6 June 2006

Dutch Elvis Postage Stamp
Dutch Elvis Postage Stamp

When the Dutch Postal Service issued its first official Elvis stamp a promo CD titled Heartbreak Hotel Collector's Edition was also released at the same time.

Only 500 copies were pressed and the special presentation pack also included four of the Dutch Elvis Stamps - a must have for Elvis fans although limited in number and not easy to track down now!

The CD contains mostly spoken content with Elvis answering a series of questions as well as candid excerpts from studio sessions.

Tracklisting as follows:

1 - Intro 'Heartbreak Hotel'

2-9 - Elvis answers

10 - Behind closed doors / The studio session excerpts - part 1

11-16 - Elvis answers

17 - Behind closed doors / The studio session excerpts - part 2

18-22 - Elvis answers

23 - Behind closed doors / The studio session excerpts - part 3

24-32 - Elvis answers

33 - Softly As I Leave You (spoken live version)

34 - Softly As I Leave You (rehearsal)

35-37 - Elvis Answers

38 - June Carter Talks About Elvis / Elvis Poem (June 4, 1960)

39 - Goodbye

40 - Complete Robert Carlton Brown interview (March 24, 1956)

41 - Complete New York press conference (June 9, 1972).

Elvis Expo and Postal Tribute at the 1998 California State Fair - The opening ceremony featured the unveiling of an Elvis postage stamp sheet issued by the nati

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Copyright notice

US Elvis Stamps ©United States Postal Service. All rights reserved

'Elvis' and 'Elvis Presley' © EPE, Inc.

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    • primarolia profile image

      primarolia 4 years ago

      USPS issued a nice 45RPM like FDC with Elvis! Love it!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Oh, these are awesome stamps! Who wouldn't want to be mailed an Elvis :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      It is great to see Elvis on stamps.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love this lense, I also collect stamps, I do have Elvis stamps too !!! Thanks for sharing your passions !!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Love the Elvis Stamp Cufflinks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I might want to get some of these, but I don't know that I would ever use the. - Very cool stamps. :)

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      These are such fun stamps.

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      sailor_man 4 years ago

      This lens is pretty cool and I'm happy to look at my

    • waihou profile image

      waihou 4 years ago

      Great lens. I like these stamps.

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      I did enjoy this lens and voted with the majority for the younger Elvis.

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      anooptu 5 years ago

      sometimes stamp taking us to past; and a great sign of historical legends

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      Adam Turner 5 years ago

      Thanks, nice lens, Elvis is my idol :)

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      MusicFan57 5 years ago

      I have a couple of sheets of the Elvis stamps, a piece of history.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      I really like elvis and i thought it was pretty cool when they put out a stamp to commerate him.

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Love Elvis! Thanks for sharing!

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago

      There will only ever be one King.....Elvis rocks....

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      Ben Reed 6 years ago

      There will only ever be one King.....Elvis rocks....

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      singaporehosting 8 years ago

      Elvis is King and Stamp Collecting is The Hobby of Kings, and the King of Hobbies