The United States Postal Service's request for a 2¢ increase in letter-rate postage was rejected by the Postal Regulatory Commission on Sept. 30.
Additional U.S. definitive stamps had been expected in December, ahead of the planned January 2011 increase.
However, since the increase request was rejected, the 44¢ holiday stamps that go on sale Oct. 21 might be the final U.S. issues of 2010.
It is possible that Priority and Express mail rates will increase in early 2011, but that has yet to be announced. If those expedited delivery rates do go up,Linn's has learned that the designs of the stamps to meet the new rates will likely feature bridges.
A 44¢ Kansas Statehood stamp is scheduled to be issued in January, marking the state's 150th anniversary. The design for the stamp was revealed by the Postal Service in mid-September.
A 44¢ Year of the Rabbit stamp is also planned for January. A stamp commemorating Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (1936-96) might be issued early in the year as well.
Look for additional information about these stamps and other new issues each week in the pages of Linn's Stamp News.
— Jay Bigalke, Linn's online editor and Postmark Pursuit columnist