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Elvis Is Still King of Stamps

September 5, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ When it comes to collecting stamps Elvis is still king.

Some 124 million stamps featuring the rock ‘n’ roll star have been purchased and never used to mail a letter, the Postal Service reports.

That means the 29-cent Elvis stamp issued in 1993 made a tidy $36 million profit for the post office.

The post office used surveys to track what it calls stamp retention; that is, stamps that are purchased but never used. Mostly it reflects the purchases of stamp collectors, but on special items like the Elvis or Marilyn Monroe stamps many people who are not normally collectors buy some of the stamps and save them too.

Placing second to Elvis were the 1992 wildflowers stamps, with a retention of 76..2 million, according to figures released by the Postal Service on Thursday.

Third at 75.8 million stamps are the rock ‘n’ roll/rhythm and blues stamps issued in 1993. The 1999 insects and spiders stamps are fourth at 60.9 million followed 53.9 million for Legends of Baseball issued in 2000.

Rounding out the top 10 are Baseball’s Legendary Playing Fields, 2001, 49.0 million; First Moon Landing, 1994, 47.9 million; Civil War, 1995, 46.6 million; Legends of the West, 1994, 46.5 million; Marilyn Monroe, 1995, 46.3 million.


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