USPS To Issue 'Star Trek' Stamps To Celebrate 50 Year History

Jeffrey Totey

Today the United States Postal Service announced that they will be celebrating 50 years of Star Trek with new "forever" stamps issued this fall. The official dedication ceremony for the stamps will take place at the Star Trek: Mission New York conference held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Friday, September 2, 2016.

The new Star Trek stamps, under license by CBS Consumer Products, features four different digital illustrations inspired by the classic show which premiered on September 8, 1966. They were designed by Heads of State of Philadelphia, under the art direction of Antonio Alcalá of Alexandria, VA. The four stamps offered are the following.

— Star Trek (@StarTrek) June 22, 2016

The "First Day of Issue Ceremony" for the Star Trek stamps will include officials from the USPS as well as a special guest speaker. Then, fans will have the opportunity to purchase the stamps, as well as other USPS merchandise, at the USPS booth. Fans unable to make the trip to New York will be able to pre-order stamps during the first week of August at usps.com/shop, with delivery happening shortly after September 2. Other special USPS stamp collections offered later this year include "Soda Fountain Favorites," a tribute to Jaime Escalante, "Pickup Trucks" and "Pets."

The Star Trek stamp announcement comes just days after news that actor Anton Yelchin, who played the role of Chekov in the upcoming movie, Star Trek: Beyond, died in a freak auto accident at his home in San Fernando Valley. The 27-year-old was pinned under his five-ton Jeep Cherokee vehicle. It is said that Star Trek Beyond will be dedicated to the actor when it premieres in theaters on July 22. Beyond is the third in the current re-boot of the movie series. All in all, there have been 13 Star Trek movies that wouldn't have been made possible without the original TV show.

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"Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love Star Trek to enjoy," said Fuller.

"And it is only fitting that Rod Roddenberry and Roddenberry Entertainment join our new Trek adventure to ensure that his father's legacy of hope for the future and infinite diversity in infinite combinations runs through our tales as Gene Roddenberry intended."
"While I will always be humbled by its legacy and the legions of fans who are its guardians, it's a genuine honor to be joining a team of imaginative and incredibly capable individuals whose endeavor it is to uphold the tenets of Star Trek's legacy while bringing it to audiences in a new era and on a contemporary platform."

[Image via United States Postal Service]

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