FORMATS FOR 2012 ISSUES IN WHITE ACE COMMEMORATIVE SUPPLEMENTS

(January 2013)

This compilation is being published to assist in collecting currently available issues in advance of publication of the 2012 White Ace album supplements. A printed copy of this guide is available, by mail, at no charge to collectors who accompany their request with a self-addressed envelope stamped with 66¢ postage. Any subsequent updates to this guide, as well as the guide to the White Ace Regular Issue Supplements, will be available on the Washington Press Website at www.washpress.com. Please note that while the formats herein listed are believed to be accurate as of this date, we assume no responsiblity for any changes made before publication of these albums.

The supplements summarized here will be released in March 2013, and thereafter, and may be purchased from your local White Ace dealer, or by mail order directly from the Washington Press. Information on supplement prices and availability will be sent, in early March 2013, to collectors who receive the Washington Press Bulletin mailings, or who have requested by e-mail or USPS-mail, that we send further information. (You can ensure that you receive this mailing by sending us a request from our Contact Page when you are done browsing here).

The Commemorative Singles SIMPLIFIED pages are intended to simplify the collector's stamp purchasing requirements, and are thus an ideal choice for a beginning collector. Released for the first time by White Ace for the 1996 issues, they have been continued for each subsequent year's issues and will continue to be published, in the same format, for the 2012 issues. These pages will generally seek to show each face different stamp only once. For stamps issued in se-tenant format - i.e. more than one stamp design in a pane - the smallest intact unit will be shown that contains all designs. This will usually be a strip, block or full booklet pane. All face different versions of each commemorative issue will be included and will thus enable the collector to assemble a complete commemorative collection.

The Commemorative Singles (complete) pages will continue to be published in their original format for collectors wishing to assemble a more detailed and comprehensive collection. For se-tenant issues, these pages will show a set of singles and a strip or block as in the past. Other stamp formats will continue to be shown in a manner consistent with prior printings of this album.

COMMEMORATIVE ALBUMS

NEW MEXICO STATEHOOD (01/06/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


DOGS AT WORK (01/20/12)

 -Singles – 4 singles and a block of 4

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 block of 4

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 2 plate blocks of 4 - one upper & one lower
 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


65¢ WEDDING CAKE (01/20/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


LUNAR NEW YEAR - YEAR OF THE DRAGON (01/23/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 full sheet of 12 (there are no plate numbers)

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 full sheet of 12 (there are no plate numbers)


BONSAI CONVERTIBLE BOOKLET OF 20 (01/23/12)

 -Singles – 5 singles and 1 full pane of 20

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 full pane of 20

 -Blocks – 1 full pane of 20

 -Plate Blocks – 1 full pane of 20

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 full pane of 20

 -Booklet Panes – 1 full booklet pane of 20


JOHN H. JOHNSON (01/31/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


HEART HEALTH (02/09/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


ARIZONA STATEHOOD (02/14/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


LOVE RIBBONS (02/14/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


DANNY THOMAS (02/16/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


CHERRY BLOSSOM CENTENNIAL (02/24/12)

 -Singles – 2 singles & 1 pair

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 pair

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 2 plate blocks of 4 - one left & one right

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


WILLIAM H. JOHNSON (04/11/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


TWENTIETH CENTURY POETS (04/21/12)

 -Singles – 10 singles & 1 block of 10

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 block of 10

 -Blocks – 1 block of 10

 -Plate Blocks – 1 full sheet of 20

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 10


CIVIL WAR: 1862 (04/24/12)

 -Singles – 2 singles, 1 pair & 1 souvenir sheet

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 souvenir sheet

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4 & 1 souvenir sheet

 -Plate Blocks – 1 souvenir sheet (there are no plate numbers)

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 souvenir sheet (there are no plate numbers)


LOUISIANA STATEHOOD (04/30/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


GREAT FILM DIRECTORS (05/23/12)

 -Singles – 4 singles and a block of 4

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 block of 4

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 2 plate blocks of 4 - one left and one right

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


MAIL A SMILE - PIXAR FILMS (06/01/12)

 -Singles – 5 singles & strip of 5

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 strip of 5

 -Blocks – 1 block of 10

 -Plate Blocks – 1 full sheet

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 10

 

BICYCLING (06/07/12)

 -Singles – 4 singles & 1 strip 4

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 strip of 4

 -Blocks – 1 block of 8

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 8

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 8


CELEBRATE SCOUTING (06/09/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


MILES DAVIS & EDITH PIAF (06/12/12)

 -Singles – 2 singles, 1 pair & 1 full sheet

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 pair

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4 & 1 full sheet

 -Plate Blocks – 2 plate blocks of 5 - one right & one left, & 1 full sheet

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 5


MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS - 1 SHEET OF 4 SE-TENANT DESIGNS (07/20/12)

 -Singles – 4 singles from se-tenant or single design sheets and 1 se-tenant block of four

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 se-tenant block of 4

 -Blocks – 1 se-tenant block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 2 se-tenant plate blocks of 4 - one left and one right

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 se-tenant plate block of 4


MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ALL-STARS - 4 SINGLE-DESIGN SHEETS (07/21/12)

 -Singles – see above

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – see above

 -Blocks – 4 different blocks of 4, each having a single stamp design

 -Plate Blocks – 4 different plate blocks of 4, each having a single stamp single design

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – see above - no single design plate blocks


INNOVATIVE CHOREOGRAPHERS (07/28/12)

 -Singles – 1 set of 4 singles & 1 vertical strip of 4

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 vertical strip of 4

 -Blocks – 1 vertical block of 8

 -Plate Blocks – 1 vertical plate block of 8

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 vertical plate block of 8


FLAGS OF OUR NATION - SET #6 (08/16/12)

 -Singles – 10 singles & 2 strips of 5

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 2 strips of 5

 -Blocks – 2 strips of 5

 -Plate Blocks – 2 strips of 5 - one with plate number

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 2 strips of 5 - one with plate number


EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS (08/17/12)

 -Singles – 1 single
 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4


WAR OF 1812 (08/18/12)

 -Singles – 1 single & full sheet

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4 & 1 full sheet

 -Plate Blocks – 1 full souvenir sheet (there are no plate numbers)

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 full souvenir sheet (there are no plate numbers)


O. HENRY (09/11/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 block of 4

 -Plate Blocks – 1 plate block of 4

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 plate block of 4

 

EARTHSCAPES  (10/01/12)

 -Singles – 15 singles & full sheet of 15

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 full sheet of 15

 -Blocks – 1 full sheet of 15

 -Plate Blocks – 1 full sheet of 15

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 full sheet of 15

 

CHRISTMAS HOLY FAMILY (10/10/12)

 -Singles – 1 single

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 single

 -Blocks – 1 full pane of 20

 -Plate Blocks – 1 full pane of 20

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 full pane of 20

 -Booklet Panes – 1 full booklet pane of 20


SANTA & SLEIGH CONVERTIBLE BOOKLET OF 20 (10/13/12)

 -Singles – 4 singles and 1 full pane of 20

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 full pane of 20

 -Blocks – 1 full pane of 20

 -Plate Blocks – 1 full pane of 20

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 full pane of 20

 -Booklet Panes – 1 full booklet pane of 20


LADY BIRD JOHNSON (11/30/12)

 -Singles – 6 singles & 1 souvenir sheet of 6

 -Singles SIMPLIFIED – 1 souvenir sheet of 6

 -Blocks – 1 souvenir sheet of 6

 -Plate Blocks – 1 souvenir sheet of 6

 -Plate Blocks SIMPLIFIED – 1 souvenir sheet of 6

 

 

Many of the 2012 commemorative issues listed are unexceptional and follow formats long established for each of the albums listed. For those which are not common or do not fit established patterns, we offer the following explanations.


The Civil War sheet has relatively unusual layout, but is similar to Jamestown Settlement (2007). There is one stamp of each of the sheet's two stamp designs on one side—which we consider to be the front of the sheet and which categorizes it as a souvenir sheet. The remaining ten stamps are in se-tenant format on the other side—which we consider to be the back. Accordingly, in our Singles Complete pages we show two different singles, a se-tenant pair and a full sheet—which is similar to what we did with Jamestown, and the same as we showed the first issue of this series in 2011.


As most users of White Ace Commemorative pages are aware, we showed a full pane of the Legends of Hollywood series issuewith a large illustrated area of selvage on one side of the sheetin all of our Commemorative albums except for the Singles Simplified, Plate Blocks Simplified, and Copyright Singles or Blocks.  Including a full sheet when it has this layout, began with the Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe issues in the early 1990s, and  has continued for issues having similar format ever since.  For example, refer to Frida Kahlo (2001), Daffy Duck (1999), Andy Warhol (2002), etc.  In our 2012 pages, we will follow this pattern by including a full sheet of Miles Davis & Edith Piaf .


In 2008, we included the first and second sets of the Flags of our Nation Coil series and after publication discovered that some collectors took exception to the sequence in which we displayed these stamps. On this coil, the USPS placed the plate number on the first stamp of  the roll, and on every subsequent tenth stamp. However, unlike prior se-tenant coils, the subsequent nine stamp designs on the first set and all ten stamps on the second set were arranged alphabetically.


In the White Ace plate block albums, we have always shown a plate number coil with the plate number at the center of the strip for an odd number of stamps (Tropical Fruit 2008 for example); or with the plate number on the stamp whose position is half of the total for an even number of stamps (Fruit Berries 1999 for example).We are aware that our sequence places the stamps out of alphabetical order, which some collectors have found objectionable. On the other hand, we do not recall anyone advising that the Fruit Berries or Crops of the Americas stamps were out of alphabetical order.


In planning our album layout for Flags of our Nation we choose retain our usual placement of the plate number. Thus, for the five-stamp strip of the Flags of our Nation that contained the plate number, we displayed it with the plate number on the center stamp; to complete the set of ten stamps we showed the remaining five stamps as a strip without plate number. In our singles pages, we showed the same two five-stamp strips. We will continue to use this arrangement for the 2012 coil which is the final release in this series. Finally, one should note that the collector is free to break up the coil in any sequence desired and mount it in the space provided.

In the White Ace Plate Block Albums, a plate block is considered the smallest block (of 4 or more stamps) that can be taken from the margin of the sheet, that contains all stamp designs, and has attached selvage bearing a plate number. If more than one such block can be removed from a sheet and the plate number is adjacent to a different stamp design in any of these, then each such example is shown in our Plate Blocks Complete pages. In our Plate Blocks Simplified pages, any such plate position can be collected. In most cases, there will be two rows or columns of stamps opposite the plate number. (This definition may vary somewhat where there is a particularly attractive header or illustrated selvage or where there is more than one plate number along the same margin of the sheet).


The Mail a Smile and Bicycling sheets place each stamp design in its own column, resulting in 5 and 4 different columns respectively. In order to include all designs in the plate block, two full width rows of stamps with a plate number at one or both ends are required. Similar logic applies to Innovative Choreographers for which each stamp is placed in its own row. Prior issues of this sort are Sunday Funnies (2010), Abraham Lincoln (2009), and Thanksgiving (2009).


Both the Twentieth Century Poets issue requires 10 different designs in each plate block, and a top plate block has plate numbers next to different stamps than the bottom plate block. Because of this, we have to show both top and bottom plate blocks in Plate Blocks Complete pages, so we just show an unbroken sheet. A case similar to this was the Garden of Love (2011) issue.


Dogs at Work, Cherry Blossom Centennial, Great Film Directors and Major League Baseball All-stars require left & right plate blocks because on each of these plate numbers are adjacent to different stamps. Previous issues with this configuration are Cowboys of the Silver Screen (2010), Negro Leagues Baseball (2010) and numerous prior issues.


With alternate rows offset horizontally, the Miles Davis & Edith Piaf sheet has a totally new layout. However, a plate block of 5 from the bottom left hand corner of the sheet, 3 columns wide by 2 rows high, contains all of the stamps and has a plate number in the left hand corner. The same applies to the 5 stamps at the upper right (3 columns wide x 2 rows high). Additionally, because of the illustrations at the upper left and lower right, this sheet is essentially the same as Gregory Peck, and Merchant Marine, although it is arranged differently. For this reason, we also show a full sheet in our Singles Complete, Blocks and Plate Blocks Complete albums.


Sometimes, issues having souvenir sheet or booklet formats have either no plate number, or have plate numbers on the back of the pane. Our practice has been, and continues to be, to include examples of such issues in our plate block pages as souvenir sheets. Issues of this sort for 2012 are Lunar New Year, Civil War, War of 1812 and Lady Bird Johnson and will be treated accordingly.


What the USPS began in 2010 and has continued since, is that copyright markings are either absent or on the back of the sheet for every issue. Because there are no copyright markings on the face of any pane, there will  be no Copyright Singles or Copyright Blocks album pages for 2012.


For other issues for which our format may be puzzling, we direct the interested collector examine our format guides posted on-line for prior issues of similar configuration which may be a precedent.






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