Although stamp collecting isn't the hobby it once was, it can still be fun to see and collect the latest automotive stamps from the U.S. Postal Service.
Below are a number of examples of car-related postage stamps that you may find of interest.
The 1960s was a unique era in automotive manufacturing. Detroit discovered performance sells, so to stimulate car sales the Detroit auto makers began installing more and more powerful engines in special limited edition models. The public loved it, leading to the era of Pony cars and Muscle cars that lasted until the mid-1970s. Many of these vehicles today have become highly sought after collectibles, fetching big bucks at some of the more popular auctions.
The U.S. Post Office's latest batch of car stamps is called the "Pony Car" set in honor of some of the popular muscle cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The stamps depict examples of the 1969 Mustang Boss 302, 1969 Camaro Z/28, 1969 AMC Javelin SST, 1970 Challenger R/T and 1967 Mercury Cougar XR-7 GT. The price of these stamps is 60 cents each, but they are also "Forever" stamps and will be accepted for First Class postage no matter how high the post office has to jack up their rates down the road.
The cars included in this set are the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona (the one with the big wing on the back), 1970 Chevy Chevelle SS, 1966 Pontiac GTO, 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, and 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda.
Here is a link to the USPS website that provides more details about the Muscle Car Stamps: Muscle Car Stamps.
Here is a link to the renowned motorsports artist who designed the stamps, Tom Fritz: fritzart.com
What I like about these stamps is that they represent the performance cars I grew up with. I never owned any of these cars, unfortunately, but I did get to drive most of them at one time or another.
Commemorative stamps like these remind us of our automotive heritage and where we came from.
The initial print run of these stamps was 30 million. But they proved to be so popular that the post office printed another 60 million stamps to meet the demand of collectors.
Continuing with the automotive theme, the post office released two stamps commemorating the early days of hot rodding. The stamps depict two 1932 Ford (Deuce) roadsters, a black 1932 Ford with orange flames running down the car's body and a red 1932 Ford.
To meet the anticipated demand, the post office printed 100 million of these stamps. Long live snail mail with cool stamps like these!
Check out Jay Leno's Garage to see his video about why these particular hotrods were chosen for the stamps, and his test drive of the red '32 Ford.
The post office released four stamps honoring pickup trucks of the past: a 1938 International Harvester D-2, 1953 Chevrolet pickup, 1948 Ford Pickup, and 1965 Ford F-100. These are all "forever" stamps (issue value 49 cents).
To honor 50 years of Hot Wheels, the U.S. postal service cam out with these Hot Wheel stamps (issue date Sept 29).