The 2011 US artist-signed federal duck stamp is scheduled for release on June 24. This year, the rules have reverted to earlier rules -- no limits and no pre-orders. While the quantities now are much higher than the debacle associated with the 2005 issue (see Rod's pic of the 2005 pane above; there were also 2 different signature colors), it should be interesting to see if a few dealers might attempt to corner the market.
Recently, pre-orders were limited to 1 pane per person and 2 people per address. As a result, those who wanted the artist-signed panes were able to get them at original price, but the panes did not sell out in the past 3 years. In fact, 2009 and 2010 artist signed panes are STILL available. Given that they didn't sell out, I can understand why they wanted to revise the rules.
I assume the artist will sign 10,000 of them, as in past years. While 10x more than the 2005 issue, it is still a relatively small quantity. At $25 each (plus shipping), it is not out of the reach of a few dealers to attempt to corner the market on the first day of sale.
I don't collect these duck stamps, but it should be interesting to see how the sales unfold...