Valley/Peak.  Click on the scan for a larger image.

Peak/Valley.  Click on the scan for a larger image.

The bottom image is a strip of eleven with the plate number stamp centered.  This is the format which many collectors will save.

27¢ Tropical Fruit
(Avery Dennison)
Self Adhesive Coil of 100 - 5 designs
Scott # 4258
Scott # 4259
Scott # 4260
Scott # 4261
Scott # 4262
Scott # 4262a
Pomegranate - Plate Number on this stamp
Star fruit
Strip of 5, Plate # V1111111, on the Pomegranate stamp.
Series USPS - NA ~ PNC3 - Plants and Animals
Issue Date & City April 25, 2008, Burlingame, CA, (WESTPEX Stamp Show-No ceremony)
Nationwide Sale April 25, 2008
Designer Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Art Director Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Artist Sergio Badarat, New York, NY
Modeler Avery Dennison, SPD
Engraver WRE/ColorTech
To Press / Initial Quantity Spring 2008 / 5 Million stamps
Coil Size 100
Printer Avery Dennison, (AVR)
Press Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)
Process Gravure
Where Printed AVR, Clinton, SC
Where Processed AVR, Clinton, SC
Plate Size & Interval 480 stamps per revolution / plate # every 40 stamps
Paper Type Prephosphored, Type II, Surface Coated
Adhesive Type Pressure Sensitive
Tagging Type Prephosphored, Smooth appearance
Die Cut Gauge Serpentine Die Cuts - 8.5 Vertically.
Die Cut Varieties Both PV/VP & VP/PV die cuts are known.
Colors Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, Black, PMS 7418 (Red), PMS 5473 (Teal), PMS 390 (Light Green)
Image Size (w x h) 0.730 x 0.840 in./18.542 x 21.336 mm
Overall Size (w x h) 0.870 x 0.982 in./22.098 x 24.942 mm
Back Numbers None
Earliest Known Use April 25, 2008
USPS Order Numbers 786340 Full Coil of 100 - $27.00
786363 First Day Cover - Set of 5 - $4.60 (2 stamps same design)
Official Announcement On April 25, 2008, in Burlingame, California, the Postal Service™ will issue 27-cent, Tropical Fruit definitive stamps in five designs. Designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Maryland, the stamps go on sale nationwide April 25, 2008.

The stamps will be available in the following formats:

  • Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA), pane of 20 (Item 105100).
  • PSA coil of 100 (Item 786300).

Illustrator Sergio Baradat of New York, New York, created art that visually slices or halves five tropical fruits:

  • Pomegranate (Punica granatum).
  • Star Fruit (Averrhoa carambola).
  • Kiwi (Actinidia deliciosa).
  • Papaya (Carica papaya).
  • Guava (Psidium guajava).
Note Click here for a scan of a cancelled PNC courtesy of Mark Mangum
How to Order First Day of Issue Postmark
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™, at The Postal Store® Web site at or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
Tropical Fruit Stamps
1630 South Delaware St
San Mateo CA 94402-9998
After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by June 24, 2008.
How to Order First Day Covers
Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first day of issue postmark. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:
DEPT 6270
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014
Philatelic Products
There are three philatelic products available for this stamp issue:
  • Item 105163*, First Day Cover (set of 5), two stamps same design, $4.60.
  • Item 105193*, Keepsake with set of 5, $10.00.
  • Item 786363*, First Day Cover (set of 5), two stamps same design, $4.60.
Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.
Distribution: Item 786300, $27.00 Tropical Fruit, PSA Coil of 100
All SDOs will receive automatic distributions of $27.00 Tropical Fruit, PSA coil of 100. Distributions will be in multiple waves. Wave 1 shipments, which began March 25, 2008, will be completed by April 9, 2008. Wave 2 shipments, which begin April 21, 2008, will be completed by May 28, 2008. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (800 coils).
Initial Supply for Post Offices
SDOs will not make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices. All Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 786300 must order them from their designated SDO using a separate PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute coils to Post Offices before April 18, 2008.
Additional Supply
Post Offices requiring additional coils must requisition Item 786300 from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional coils must order them from the appropriate APD using PS Form 17.
Following the second automatic distribution to SDOs, the New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Memphis, APDs will each receive 57,600 additional coils; the Denver APD will receive 19,200 additional coils for fulfilling supplemental orders from the SDOs. The Kansas City SSC will receive 153,600 additional coils for fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs.
Additional quantities of this definitive stamp will also be made available to SDOs via future automatic distributions, shipped directly from the supplier to the SDOs.