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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.
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The Operation Desert Shield envelope was NOT an official envelope of the
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Footnote on page 12 of the UPSS Postal Card Catalog, under the
listing for S17 (aka Scott #UX14):
TWO UX39 CARDS with FAVOR SURCHARGES
"(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.
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 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
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