WESTPEX® 2017

Stamp Show

Post Office

The United States Post Office will be at WESTPEX.  Besides a wide selection on stamps and postal products, the Post Office will be selling WESTPEX 2008 cacheted covers.  Please do not send money to the show as the show does not sell these covers.

There will be a ceremony for the first day of the new post card rate Tropical Fruit stamps.  Details of the ceremony have not been released. 

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The new 27-cent, Tropical Fruit definitive stamps in five designs will be dedicated and issued at the 2008 WESTPEX Stamp Show, on April 25 at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Hotel in Burlingame. The special ceremony, which coincides with the stamp show's opening day, will take place at 1 p.m. in the Anaheim Room.

Five definitive stamps picture tropical fruit that look good enough to eat. Illustrator Sergio Baradat created art that visually slices or halves five tropical fruits – pomegranate, kiwi, star fruit, papaya and guava - depicting them in eye-catching and mouth watering color. Designed by Ethel Kessler of Bethesda, Md., the stamps go on sale nationwide April 25, 2008 in Post Offices, on usps.com and by calling 800-STAMP-24.

These stamps will be available in the following formats:

  • Pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) Pane of 20.
  • PSA Coil of 100.
  • Customers can conveniently use these stamps to mail postcards at the new 27-cent postcard price that takes effect May 12, 2008.

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USPS press release 27c Tropical Fruit stamps

Sergio Baradat

Illustrator of 27c Tropical Fruit stamps

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He will attend the first day ceremory and sign covers and programs.

Cuban born with Catalan roots and raised in the United States, Mr. Baradat was educated at the prestigious Parsons School of Design, New York. Mr. Baradat has received awards of excellence and honors from the American Institute of Graphic Artist (AIGA) and the Art Director's Club of Los Angeles and New York to highlight but a few. Mr. Baradat has been featured in Print Magazine, Communication Arts, American Illustration and the Society of Illustrators, Los Angeles.

Mr. Baradat is a creative intellectual who sees the world as his canvas. A versatile and accomplished artist, Mr. Baradat takes any subject matter and creates a powerful expression with his unique signature. A few of Mr. Baradat's world-class clients include Sony, Arista, Tufts University, Chivas Regal, Coors, The Academy Awards, The American Music Awards, AmFar, Harper Collins, the US Postal Service, Au Bon Pain and Simon & Shuster.

Mr. Baradat has created large scale commissions for public spaces and private collections through out the world. Committed to beauty and order, Mr. Baradat's original art ranges from home furnishings to product design, conceptual illustrations, book covers to promotional and institutional graphics. Mr. Baradat is in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, New York and The Postal Museum in Washington DC.  

Mr. Baradat resides in Miami and New York City. The artist describes his work as 'Tokyo meets Hermes.'