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|NEW STAMP ON SALE 2 DAYS EARLY
collector buys sheets of new Elvis Presley stamps
August 12, 2015 / Commercial Appeal / Tony Stuchbury / Elvis Express Radio
We here at E.E.R have a feeling EPE and the U.S. Post Office are rather angry today after a Memphis stamp collector visited his local post office and walked out with the new Elvis
stamp sets TWO DAYS PRIOR to the official date of issue and the launch day at Graceland.
The following article was reported in the Memphis newspaper, The Commercial Appeal.
Two days before the issue date of the new Elvis Presley postage stamp, a collector from Memphis managed to purchase three first-day covers from a rural West Tennessee post
David Saks, a lifelong philatelist who in 1993 was first in line at Graceland to pick up the U.S. Postal Service’s original Elvis stamp, bought the three 16-stamp sheets Monday from a
post office in Mason. The covers, designed to look like the sleeve of a 45 rpm vinyl record, are dotted with circular cancellation marks bearing the date Aug. 10. Saks also received
a receipt for his $23.52 purchase that bears the same date stamp.
“I thought, just as a lark, one of the satellite stations throughout Shelby County, Tipton or Fayette might have some,” Saks said. “So I called the Macon post office ... . The postal
clerk answered the phone, and I said, ‘I’m just calling to see if you have any of the Elvis stamps.’ And she said, ‘Well, yes, sir, I have three sheets.’ I said, ‘Will you hold them for
me?’ And, man, I just threw on these junky clothes, drove 70 miles to get there. Walked in and she sold those to me, and canceled them.”
Errors in cancellation dates (such as a date that precedes the day of issue) are highly prized by collectors. Saks estimates his canceled first-day covers could sell for as much as
$15,000 to $20,000, if they’re the only ones that leaked early.
Saks said he called at least a half-dozen post offices to ask about the stamps. “They said, ‘No, sir, we are absolutely not authorized, we cannot sell them, it is forbidden. They are
not to be seen until Wednesday morning.’”
A dedication ceremony for the new stamp, set for 8 a.m. Wednesday at Graceland, is among the highlights of this year’s Elvis Week activities. Priscilla Presley is to join Postmaster
General Megan J. Brennan for the event. The 1993 Elvis stamp was the best-selling stamp in the history of the Postal Service.
Elvis Presley Enterprises CEO Jack Soden and a media contact from the USPS could not be reached for comment Monday evening.