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U.S. Postal Service unveils new 'Star Trek' stamps for the show's 50th anniversary

The new
The new "Star Trek" commemorative stamps.
Courtesy U.S. Postal Service

The USS Enterprise is boldly going…to a new set of U.S. postal stamps.

As “Star Trek” commemorated the 50th anniversary of its first TV airing this week, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new set of Forever stamps to celebrate the show. The stamps were unveiled in Hollywood Friday morning with an event featuring several guest stars from the original series.

“We had quite a big turnout, a lot of ‘Star Trek’ fans showed up,” said Richard Maher, a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service, who was at the event. “A lot in costume too. We had some Klingons here.”

Los Angeles Postmaster Ken Snavely presented the new stamps, and four guest stars who appeared in the original series – Bobby Clark, BarBara Luna, Michael Forest and Celeste Yarnall – had a chance to talk about their experience with the show. David Luong, president of the Los Angeles Star Trek Club, also spoke.

The commemorative stamp set features four retro-looking “Star Trek” illustrations – two featuring the Enterprise itself, one with a silhouette of a Federation officer, and one with the starship zooming across an outline of the Vulcan “Live Long and Prosper” hand signal.

Guest actors from the original
Guest actors from the original "Star Trek" series pose with the stamps, along with the Los Angeles postmaster and president of the L.A. Star Trek Club. From left to right: David Luong, Celeste Yarnall, BarBara Luna, Bobby Clark and Michael Forest. Back row: Los Angeles Postmaster Ken Snavely

Before this most recent set, there had only been one “Star Trek” postal stamp. It was a 33-cent stamp released in 1999 as part of the Postal Service’s “Celebrate the Century” series, featuring an image of the starship hurtling toward a glowing “Star Trek” insignia.

Fans can buy the new stamps at any post office in the country, or online at the USPS website. The Postal Service expects them to be available for a few years, Maher said, but since they’re a limited-edition, commemorative set, supplies are limited.

“With so many ‘Star Trek’ fans out there, I’m sure it’ll be a brisk seller,” he said.