STEVE LEVINE

Postal Stationery
and Stamps

UX1 Postal Card

Steve Levine
P.O. Box 951
Linden Hill Station

Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-939-5788

 email:steve@stevelevinestamps.com

 

FEBRUARY, 2016

HOW TO ORDER:
1.  DINOSAUR STYLE 
If ordering Dinosaur Style (thru the mail), you can print out this sheet, then circle the price of what you want and mail it in with your payment.  PLEASE circle with a fine colored marker; any color will do.
2.  ONLINE  Sorry, this is not a full-function interactive website with a shopping cart and card processing ability.  It's Dinosaur-style; it only has listings.  Still, we can improvise!
    
You can
send me an e-mail and type out what you want and the price.
     OR, you can cut & paste the item with its description and price.
IF the item exists in several conditions or forms (such as f-vf or vf for stamps, or as Cut Squares or Full Corners) please indicate which you want.
     OR you can cut & paste large portions of the list and
HIGHLIGHT whatever you want.  Green (the 00-80-00 shade for the techs out there) works well, as does Red (the FF-00-00 shade).
     I accept VISA, Master Card, and American Express.  I also accept PAY PAL,
at my e-mail address of "slwarking@erols.com".
3.  PHONE  IF your order is relatively simple or if you have a few questions, you can phone me at 718-939-5788.  For me, "business hours" are flexible.  I'm usually in, and if I'm not, you get the answering machine.  Leave your #; I'll get back to you.


TERMS OF PURCHASE:  Items from this list may be combined with items from my other lists for a MINIMUM ORDER of $15.  ALL ORDERS will be shipped via Insured or Registered mail, for your protection.  Please add $2 for postage and insurance to all orders.  Smaller orders will carry private insurance and will have NO USPS markings.    There's no "handling" fee; just actual postage expenses.  This is for U.S. orders only.  Overseas shipments, please e-mail me in advance for shipping information.
     New York State Residents, please add the appropriate Sales tax.  VISA, Master Card and American Express are accepted: please include all information which appears in raised print,
PLUS the 3 digit security code which appears on the back.  PayPal accepted.
          
       
SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED ON ALL ORDERS


Dear Friends & Collectors,

     First, I'd like to wish you all a Happy & Healthy New Year...even if it isn't quite so new anymore.  NYC just had its second snowfall of the Winter. The fisrt one (circa 2 weeks ago) dumped a shade over 2 feet of the ugly white stuff on us; this one was more merciful, and only dusted us to the tune of a few inches.  We are now at what I call the "dead of Winter", which means that time-wise, it's half over, and can only get better from here.

     Living as I do in NYC, I find no shortage of merchandise out there which I believe you'll want to see.  It's mostly just a question of getting to it; clear roads and longer days
make this both easier and more pleasant.

     Where the element of LUCK comes into play is when something interesting pops up at auction, OR when one of my fellow Stationery dealers cashes in his chips.  This past month I had a little bit of both kinds come my way.  Frankly, I've been expecting this for several months, and have hinted to you about this in some of my past mailings.

     I've been promising you some interesting material, and delivery-time begins with this mailing.  Some of this material is listed below; some of it is 1-of-a-kind, and more suitable for my ebay auctions.  My last Ebay auction, which focused on scarce used modern Official Envelopes, was very well received; in fact, it will result in some changes being made to the current UPSS 20th/21st Century Envelope catalog.  You have my guarantee that my next one, in a few weeks, will be almost as good.

    
This month, I'm experimenting with connecting this e-mailing to my regular website, SteveLevineStamps - Plus.  It's my hope that this will improve my inventory control, which I'll certainly need in the upcoming years ahead, as I expand my business into other areas, especially Worldwide Stamps and Poster Stamps.


     CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THIS MONTH'S LISTINGS ON THE SHOPPING CART.

     And now, let's get down to what I hope will be just the tip of the upcoming iceberg....


2 ELVIS BALLOTS ON UX153, 2 DIFFERENT TYPES
UX153 ELVIS BALLOTUX153 Elvis Ballot 2 Types     Of all the various forms of the 1992 "Elvis ballot", the printing on the back of UX153 is the scarcest.  Compare with the NAJUBRIA Card (73,580 cards, $6.00) or the LUPOSTA cards (3,000 cards, $10.00).  The Elvis ballot remains UNPRICED by UPSS.  Maybe that's because it's not a USPS-issued overprint, but a LOCALLY-issued overprint.  Or maybe it's because nobody has a clue as to what it's worth.  And now, let's complicate matters a bit... 

     On Page 87 of the 2015 UPSS Postal Card Catalog, the isting for UX153 mentions the following: "N.B. Approximately 1500 cards were locally printed for Elvis balloting by the Postmster at Deland, FL, and placed on sale between April 13th and April 26th, 1992."
     What it DOESN'T mention is that there are 2 types.  Check out the scan at the right which compares them.  The left card is more heavily inked than the right (see Elvis' face!), and the number "29" on the right card is outlined.  There's a bit more: If you flip the left card like the page of a book, the UX153 card is at the lower right.  If you flip the right card, the UX153 card is at the upper left.

     IDEALLY, there are only 750 of each type.  But since I only have about a handful of each, I can't speak to this issue.  ONE of these types may be scarcer, but I have no idea which it might be!  These cards are MINT and in excellent condition.

     PRICE FOR A SET OF BOTH CARDS; $30.00.

          After the dust settles, I'll consider selling individual cards to those of you who are lucky enough to already have one of them!  But for now, I have equal quantities, and I want to keep it that way.


DESERT SHIELD ENVELOPE

Operation Desert Shield Envelope     The Operation Desert Shield envelope was NOT an official envelope of the USPS. 
     It was privately printed by the Fayetteville, NC Post Office for the use of people who were corresponding with military personnel stationed in the Desert Storm theater in the Middle East during 1990-1.
     It's NOT a piece of Postal Stationery, since it requires a stamp to be added, but it's more a piee of Military Postal History, somewhat in the same category as the V-Mail issued during WW2.

     This envelope is MINT, and in excellent condition.
 
      Price for an Envelope is $7.50.


UX56/S75a DAMAGED "M" in WOMEN

UX56/S75a Damaged "M" in Women     During the late 1980s my friend, John DeStafanis, an auctioneer, found a brick (250) of this variety.  This was the only such group found so far.  They were first listed in the 1990 UPSS Postal Card Catalog at $40.00.  John & I worked out a consignment situation and I listed these in my monthly mailing sometime around 1990.
     The years have passed, and no additional finds were made; thus the Catalog has increased a bit to $50.00.
     I wouldn't call this one "visually striking"; if you weren't looking for it, you might not spot it.  Once you see it, however, you can't blow the call.  Clearly, there's a piece of foreign matter on the plate which is preventing most of the M from touching the card.

     These cards are MINT and in exellent condition.

     I sold these cards for $40.00 in 1990 and I'm selling them for $40.00 now.



CONFEDERATE STATES FACSIMILES BOOKLET

Confederate States FacsimilesConfederate States Facsimile Stamps

     During the 1930s H.E. Macintosh, d.b.a. Tatham Stamp Company of Springfield, MA, printed facsimiles of 14 Confederate stamps using drawings made by August Dietz in 1919.  In 1941 he put together booklets containing the 14 Facsimiles, with descriptions of each, and much information about their printing and usage.  These 8-page booklets also contain info about Civil War Patriotic covers, including the fact that as of 1941, more than 11,000 different varieties of Patriotic Envelopes were known.
     These booklets once flooded the Philatelic Market (Tatham went out of business in 1950) but these days, are difficult to find.  The only thing I could find on the Internet was a bookstore asking $28.00.

Price for one of these 75-year-old booklets is $15.00.


UX11 PLATE VARIETY - "PUNCTURED PORTRAIT"

UX11 Punctured Portrait Plate Variety     There are enough plate varietes of UX11 to choke a horse; however, most of them are found on the WORDS and DESIGN part of the card.  Not too many are found on the picture.

     The best known of the PICTURE Plate Varieties is the "Picture Hanger".  It's easy to spot and is listed (S12e) in the UPSS Postal Card Catalog at $400.00.

     Of equal scarcity, and almost as easy to spot is the "Punctured Portrait" variety, scanned at the right.  It's GROUPED, along with a dozen other plate varieties, as S12x, priced at only $60.00, and described (on page 10 of the UPSS PC Cat.) as one of "Two notable plate varieties".

     WHY is this "notable plate variety" priced so much lower than the Picture Hanger variety?  I don't know.  Sometimes a variety just develops a life of its own.

     These cards are MINT and in excellent condition.

     You can own one of these underpriced Punctured Portrait varieties for just $50.00.


HERST?/OESTERLING? SET OF 8 COVERS, 1957-9

HERST/OESTERLING COVERS     An interesting set of 8 Covers, created betwen 1957 and 1959.  I'd like to tell you who created them... but that's not so easy.  They were cancelled in Shrub Oak, which was the home of Herman Herst for many years.  But his name appears nowhere on these.

     The name that appears is Oesterling, and the address Bridgeton, N.J..  But I find no record of a cachet maker or dealer in this area.

     The Covers are for: Lincoln's Birthday, Valentine's Day, Washington's Birthday, St. Patrick's Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.  Cancels are on the appropriate dates, mostly machine.  Overall very clean, with only an occasional minor crease.  These cachets have a definite "50's" look to them, and were probably done at that time.
     Price for a set of 8 covers is $15.00.


ANOTHER UX14 PLATE DAMAGE

UX14 Plate Variety     Footnote on page 12 of the UPSS Postal Card Catalog, under the listing for S17 (aka Scott #UX14):

          "(c) This card, produced by contractor Albert Daggett, is poorly printed.  Plate damage, causing missing or deformed letters or ornaments, is fairly common.  The many inking flaws found on S17 can be traced to the cheap, fast-drying ink and high speed presses (See Postal Stationery: MarApr 1963, pg 8). This card is found with damaged and recut plate positions too numerous to list, including mini-dents in portrait frame top. However, these varieties are very interesting and collectable."

     This card can't really be called a Plate "Variety"; it's actually a DAMAGED plate.  The scan at the right shows 4 cards, with the damaged area highlighted.  It's not the most visually striking freak I've ever seen.  It is, however, a constant variety (I have about a dozen in stock and they all look the same).

     AND, it doesn't cost an arm-and-a-leg.  These plate varieties/flaws (S17x)catalog $45 versus $40 for the regular card.

     These cards are MINT and in excellent condition.

Price for one of these plate flaws is $37.50.
    
NOTE: In March, 2013 I offered a bunch of MINT FACE UX14s with Plate Flaws.  You might want to take a look at those listings. 
CLICK HERE!


TWO UX39 CARDS with FAVOR SURCHARGES

    In 1952, for the new 2c Postal Card rate, nearly 400 million UX27 Cards were surcharged in a number of different cities.  MOST of these surchargings went according to script.  SOME of them produced very interetsing errors and freaks.  And, as often happens in situations like these, A FEW people managed to gain access to the surcharging machines and create some really bizarre favor items.
   
     Now, SOME of these unusual items are "printer's waste", produced when the machine operators tested out the machines for either alignment or inking.  And SOME of them, like the 2 above are obviously favor items.  You know they're favor items because they involve both horizontal AND vertical surcharges... and that's something that just doesn't happen by accident!

     These cards are MINT, and in excellent condition.

Price for "Favor Surcharge #1", the card at the left, is $15.00.
Price for "Favor Surcharge #2", the card at the right, is $15.00.


UX24 "FAVOR" SURCHARGE  

UX24 Favor Surcharge      In 1920 the P.O.D. kept its promise by reducing the postage rates which it had raised during WW1.  As there were many 3c Envelopes and 2c Cards on hand, it was decided to re-value them by overprinting.  This overprinting was conducted in many different cities (roughly 46), producing the City Types of UX32, UX33, and UY9, as well as the press-printed Cards UX3, UX35 and UY10... along with a few rarities (UX31 and 36).
     This was the first major re-valuing of Postal Stationery, and the methods were primitive.  Many legitimate errors were produced, including double surcharges, triple surcharges, shifts, inverts, and combinations of the above.
     And, of course, there were favor items... certain cards which were not supposed to be overprinted, but were.  This is one of them.  The UPSS Postal Card Catalog references these items on page xxxi of the Foreward section.
     The UX24, with Chicago Overprint, was once listed in Scott.  Also listed was a UX6.  These were delisted some time ago.  The UX6 is actually quite scarce; the UX24 is merely very difficult.
     Despite its status as a "favor" item, the UX24 Surcharge has always been a popular item and has increased in price steadily over the years.  I remember selling these in the ballpark of $50 during the mid-1980s.  There are currrently 2 of these offered on Ebay.  One is at $200, and the other is at $120.  I think the $200 is a little high, and the $120 is maybe a smidge too low...
     The cards I have are MINT, and in excellent condition.

MY Price for one of these very difficult cards is $100.00.


A COUPLE OF MINT STAMP EFOs

1460 Cylinder Flaw 2400 Missing Curlique     A few small, but interesting EFO items.  Scott doesn't assign numbers to these items, just brief descriptions and moderate prices.

     1.  1460, 6c Olympics, with Cylinder Flaw (Broken Red Ring) in a block of 9.  2016 Scott Catalog Value $10.00.

     2.  2400, 25c Sleigh & Village Scene, with Cylinder Flaw (Missing Curlique on Sleigh Runner) in a block of 9.  2016 Scott Catalog Value $15.00.



1.  Price for a 1460 block of 9 with Cylinder Flaw is $7.50.
2.  Price for a 2400 block of 9 with Missing Curlique is $12.00.


     That's all for now.  This month, I'm experimenting with connecting this Monthly Mailing to my regular website, SteveLevineStamps-Plus. 
     CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THIS MONTH'S LISTINGS ON THE SHOPPING CART.

     There was a joke of sorts in Hollywood some years ago; "Steve Allen has written over 10,000 songs.  Name two of them."  Nobody ever could.  But most people could name one; "This Could be the Start of Something big."  Let's hope so.

               Best Regards,

                         

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P.O. Box 951
Linden Hill Station
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-939-5788
email:steve@stevelevinestamps.com
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