8/15/2018 — Wow! Ever hear the slogan “what will they think of next?” … Hot Wheels product is in full force for the 50th Anniversary and now, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is getting in on the fun. Announced today, USPS will offer 20 Hot Wheels stamps of 10 different Hot Wheels castings, later this year. Fans of Orange Track Diecast (OTD) will get a kick out of the fact that the 10 cars featured will be shown racing down that all-too-familiar orange track. Images were shot by photographer Len Rizzi. Project’s Art Director was William J. Gicker and Stamp Designer/Typographer was Greg Breeding.
No official word on when these will be available, but you can look out for a “first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony” to be held at a specific location which will also be announced. I will update this page when that information becomes available. Keep checking back! Also, I will include the online purchase link if/when one becomes available.
UPDATE 8/23/2018 — According to prnewswire.com, the “first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony” will take place at Texas Motor Speedway (Fort Worth, TX) on Saturday, September 29th at 10AM (CDT). The ceremony will occur during the Goodguys 26th Summit Racing Lone Star Nationals Event.
UPDATE 8/24/2018 — Apparently Australia Post has their own set of stamps as well. Special thanks to J.P. Manalo on the OTD Facebook page for pointing it out. LINK IS HERE for my Australian friends.
Per the press release, the Hot Wheels depicted are (from left to right):
- The aptly named #Purple Passion (1990), a super sleek metallic purple and green model. The car remains a favorite of collectors.
- The #Twin Mill (1969) is one of the most iconic Hot Wheels cars of all-time. The speed machine features dual big-block engines.
- Equipped with a roof-mounted rocket, the Rocket-Bye-Baby (1971) is one of the most aggressive racers in Hot Wheels history.
- The distinctive #Bone Shaker (2006) is a hot rod with a fierce-looking skull for a grille. The car has a massive short-block engine made to rattle your bones.
- Perfect for Halloween, the spooky Rigor Motor (1994) is a coffin-shaped hot rod that is powered by a huge engine adorned with two skulls.
- The HW40 (2008), a car introduced to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Hot Wheels, features a jet turbine engine. The space-age vehicle features a futuristic glass hood.
- A spectacularly powerful version of a classic muscle car, the #Rodger Dodger (1974) has a giant engine bursting out of its hood.
- The original surfboard-toting Deora (1968) was included in the first Hot Wheels line. The souped up #Deora II, showcased on the stamp, came out in 2000.
- With a twin turbo V6 hybrid engine and wide front air intakes built to look like a predatory fish, the #Mach Speeder (2018) is a true 21st-century racer.
- The #Sharkruiser (1987) is a carnivore on wheels. The completely unique design features fins, a tail, a sharp-toothed grille, and a roaring V8 engine.