The 10 Best Postage Stamps

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This wiki has been updated 15 times since it was first published in July of 2020. Aside from their obvious value as a requirement for sending postage, stamps have long been prized for the beauty of their art. Balancing practicality with aesthetic value, we've limited this selection to Forever stamps, which are manufactured by the United States Postal Service and can be used to mail a one-ounce letter no matter when they are used or how prices change in the future. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Military Working Dogs

2. Winter Berries

3. Generic Frogs

Editor's Notes

October 14, 2020:

Since all Forever stamps perform the same function, a consumer's decision to use one particular stamp rather than another is more or less a matter of taste. We've featured a roughly equal number of stamps depicting plants, animals, and abstract designs in order to satisfy a wide range of aesthetic preferences, although practically all of these choices have enough general appeal to affix to any postage you plan to send.

One consideration that complicates the search for the right stamps is whether or not you need them for a particular occasion. In such cases, more specific images are desirable, like the Sparkling Holidays for a Christmas card or the Celebration Boutonniere for weddings, graduation ceremonies, or other festive gatherings.

Of course, you may also want to hold onto some of your stamps or even begin a collection. If you're looking for an attractive way to store them, check out at the best photo albums or our selection of archival photo binders for ideas.

Special Honors

USPS First Class Roll Subscription This service allows customers to buy in bulk without paying the premium often charged for shipped stamps. A roll of one hundred first-class stamps will be delivered to your home over the course of six or twelve months, once or twice per month according to your preferences.

APS Stamp Store The largest nonprofit stamp collecting foundation in the world, the American Philatelic Society boasts an enormous selection of rare and antique stamps that are available for purchase from their store. It's worth noting, though, that these stamps cannot be used for postage, and their worth lies exclusively in their value to collectors.

4. Celebration Boutonniere

5. Hearts Blossom

6. The U.S. Flag

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7. Cactus Flowers

8. Made of Hearts

9. Sparkling Holidays

10. Songbirds in Snow

Luke Perrotta
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