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This full sheet of 50 unused 15 cent vintage US postage stamps commemorate the Viking Missions to Mars. They were issued on July 20, 1978 at Hampton, Virginia on the second anniversary of Viking I lander’s descent to the surface of Mars. They were designed by Robert T. McCall.

This stamp shows the lander scooping up soil from Mars. Set on a blue background the silver gray & yellow craft sits on a red Mars. Verbiage in blue at the top reads, “Viking Missions to Mars,” and across the bottom “Expanding Human Knowledge USA 15c”. These stamps were printed on a Giori press.

The two “Missions to Mars” spacecraft, Viking I & Viking II consisted of an orbiter and a landing component. Launched at different times they each took about one year to secure itself to Mar’s orbit.

Each stamp measures 1” tall x 1 1/2” wide (2.5cm x 3.8cm). The entire sheet measures 10 1/4” tall x 9" wide (26.0cm x 22.9cm).

These stamps are “mint” – meaning they have never been used. They have the original glue.

We also have a block of 10 of these Viking Missions stamps available that can be found here:

My grand-aunt collected these. She was not a “true” stamp collector & basically stored them in manila envelopes. Whenever the USPS came out with a new stamp – especially a commemorative one – she purchased at least one sheet & put them away in her envelopes.

These stamps are great for collectors both young and old alike. Additionally, they’d be great for paper crafting & jewelry making or anywhere else your creativity wants to take you. They are also a great gift for someone born on the day the stamps were issued. Frame them and give them as a nice and thoughtful gift – or keep them for yourself.

I do have hundreds of stamps those already listed can be found here: If there is a specific one you’re looking for feel free to contact me and I’ll see if I have the one you need.

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Viking Missions to Mars 1978 15 Cent US Postage Stamps - Sheet of 50 Vintage Unused Stamps

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  • Vintage item from the 1970s
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