Forever Stamps for Mailing and Collecting

In the past, when the U.S. Postal Service announced it was raising the cost of stamps, users and collectors raced to use or gather the postage before the official change. In April 2007, the Postal Service created Forever Stamps, which cost the same as regular postage stamps and can be used for 1-ounce, first-class mail regardless of future price changes from year to year. eBay features hundreds of listings for Forever Stamps in various amounts and designs; some are in collectible condition and may be worth more than face value while others are intended for use as postage only.

What forms and amounts are Forever Stamps available in?

You can find a wide assortment of these stamps on eBay, in lots ranging from single collectibles in mint condition to hundreds of stamps to use for postage. Large lots are often offered at considerable savings over the usual price. Units in which this first-class postage may be sold include:

  • Individual stamps
  • Hinged strips of 10
  • Sheets of 10, 12, or 20
  • Booklets of 20
  • Coils of 100
What Forever Stamp designs can you find?

Forever Stamps have come in various designs since their inception. Four-sided ones may be square or display as horizontal or vertical rectangles. There are even round ones honoring various sports. While the Liberty Bell and American flags are the most common for standard mailings, other stamps have featured images of pets, songbirds, national parks, important historic occasions, and various time periods. Other themes include:

  • Holidays - Stamps for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Independence Day
  • Musicians - Stamps honoring artists such as Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin, and Ray Charles
  • Sports - Round stamps with images of baseballs, basketballs, volleyballs, and soccer balls
  • Art and artists - Botanical artwork featuring flowers and plants, as well as images honoring famous artists
  • Television - Stamps commemorating classic shows like Star Trek, Scooby-Doo, and Peanuts
Why is the word Forever crossed out on the stamps?

This is only for display purposes. The reason for the cross-out is to prevent counterfeiters from capturing images of the display stamps and using them as actual postage. Once a user purchases the stamps, the word Forever is clear.

Are Forever Stamps self-adhesive?

Yes. No matter the volume of stamps, they are all self-adhesive.