Israel is issuing a Chabad postage stamp. The Jerusalem Post reports:
A new Israeli stamp depicting the red-brick Brooklyn house of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, will be released soon by the Israel Postal Authority’s Philatelic Service. The New York house – known widely by its address, 770 Eastern Parkway – is accompanied on the face of the stamp by two Jewish symbols – Shabbat candles and tefillin.
Many Orthodox and haredi groups have opposed dedicating postage stamps to the memory of great rabbis and sages because the glue on the back is licked to affix them to envelopes – an act of disrespect. But showing "770" avoids the problem that would exist if the Rebbe’s face were shown on the stamp. In addition, the "messianic" faction of Lubavitch hassidism refuses to admit that Schneerson, the seventh Chabad Rebbe, died nearly 12 years ago.
Sam Malamud, president of Inter-Governmental Postal Consultants (IGPC) group (the Official Postal Agency in the US for the Postal Authority) said: "We anticipate an immediate sellout of this issue worldwide. Considering the fact that the Rebbe has and continues to touch the hearts and minds of more people then any other Jewish figure in modern history, everyone whose lives have been affected by the Rebbe will want to collect this historic postage stamp. The global admiration and respect associated with the Rebbe and Chabad may possibly make this the most sought-after Israeli stamp ever issued," he said.
What the Post fails to mention is that Sam Malamud is a prominent Chabad follower and, as head of IGPC, has the power to make his prediction come true, no matter the actual demand. That being said, I’m sure the stamp will be a huge seller, even without Malamud’s help.