Defect found in 5% of Jack-o’-lanterns stamps

Banknote Corporation of America (BCA) has been a stamp supplier to the U.S. Postal Service since 1995. BCA employs advanced manufacturing methodology utilizing inline inspection systems in conjunction with a skilled workforce to deliver billions of stamps annually to the Postal Service.

In August 2016, BCA produced 50 million stamps of the Jack-o’-lanterns double sided books.

jackA manufacturing defect in the die cuts was recently discovered after initial distribution of these stamps. BCA was contacted, and Sandra Lane, BCA’s vice president prepared the following statement, “Stamps with out of register die cuts have been identified as being shipped to the USPS. Out of register die cut is part of the normal process variation and requires segregation. Unfortunately, not all the material was segregated correctly. We estimate approximately 5% of the 50 million Jack-o’-lantern stamps delivered to the USPS may be affected by the out of register die cut.

Everything we do at Banknote Corporation of America is focused on making products with the highest standards. We apologize for this oversight in our quality control process. We remain committed to provide the highest level of quality and service and look forward to our continued partnership for product innovation.”

First Day of Issuance for these stamps is scheduled on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. The Postal Service acknowledges this occurrence, ample supply has been distributed nationwide and will meet customer needs — no special orders will be taken. The Postal Service will continue with our original plan to distribute and sell these stamps. These stamps are valid for paying postage on letters and packages. We apologize for any inconvenience.