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

 

 DECEMBER, 2016

HOW TO ORDER:
       THESE "MONTHLY" MAILINGS ARE CONNECTED, VIA LINKS, TO MY REGULAR WEBSITE, www.stevelevinestamps-plus.com.

     Thru these links you can access my full-feature shopping cart, which accepts orders online, including payment by credit card or PayPal.  It also has a feature where you can place the ORDER online, and then indicate that you will be sending in payment by check, if that's what you prefer.
     I PREFER that you use the shopping cart.....BUT...
...IF YOU SEE SOMETHING WHICH GRABS YOUR ATTENTION AND YOU WANT TO PHONE ME, ASK ME A QUESTION OR 2, AND MAYBE PLACE AN ORDER BY PHONE THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY, THAT'S FINE WITH ME.
     "Business Hours" are flexible.  If I'm not in, 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 Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Winter Solstice, Happy New Year, and a Happy whatever else comes around this time of year.  I'm covering many bases, because as I type this, I have only a vague idea when I'm actually going to post it...

     That's because TIME hasn't exactly been my friend over the past few years.  I'm either the luckiest, or maybe the UNluckiest man on the face of the earth.  By my count, I've been in both the hospital and the E.R. 11 times over the past 8 years.  Most of these occasions have been "reactions" to drugs or procedures which were performed to fix MINOR problems.  I've dodged 4 bullets during this time, including a burst appendix, a 180-beat-per minute arrhythmia, a nasty case of sepsis, and recently, a bleeding ulcer.  THREE of these 4 situations were bad reactions to either drugs or medical procedures.

     Yet here I am, albeit a bit beaten up, and things are looking better than ever.  I haven't picked up too much new material lately, but I've put that downtime to use buidling my NEW website, transferring listings from the OLD dinosaur website.  This mailing, I have a LOT of such items...plus, of course, a few new & interesting goodies.

     Everytime I hit the ER or Hospital, I try to use my favorite and most appropriate line on the Doctors and Nurses.  You know...the quote by W.C. Fields: "On the whole, I'd rather be in Philadelphia."  Trouble is, it only works on the older ones.  The kids straight out of Medical School have no idea who W.C. Fields was.  Such is fame.

     And now, let's get down to business.


 NEW INVENTORY!!

     Roughly speaking, about 700 new items have been added to my website over the past few months.... and except for about 100 of them, they're ALL U.S. Postal Stationery.  These items will remain separate, in the "NEW INVENTORY" section of my website, for a month or so, for your convenience, after which time I'll integrate them into the regular sections.


CIRCULAR DIES BY UPSS NUMBER
     This is by far the most difficult area of the UPSS list to work on.  Many different watermarks, many different knives, and enough Return Addresses to choke a horse.  There are over 150 Envelopes up there now, and I'm just warming up.

    
Click here to access the U420-45, U529-31 section of my UPSS list.



RECENT ENVELOPES BY UPSS NUMBER
     I've been promising this for a long time.  This is all the issues from U649 thru U668.  Now, there are no more watermarks... but in terms of complexity, they have been replaced by LOGO Varieties on the back.  This makes it all the more interesting... and difficult.

     Click here to access the U649-68, section of my UPSS list.


PRIORITY & EXPRESS MAIL ENVELOPES
     I've picked up a few items in this area, including the Star Wars Express mail set, although overall, this is one of the weaker areas of my inventory.  This is one of those nasty areas that dealers seemed to avoid.  NOTE...these are complete envelopes, even though I'm only showing the Cut Square area.

     Click here to access the Priority & Express Mail section of my listings.



AIR LETTER SHEETS - NOW INCLUDING UNFOLDED
     Nothing really new here in terms of material... except now, I'm offering the Air Letter Sheets, where I have them, in UNFOLDED CONDITION as well as folded.

     Click here to access the AIR LETTER SHEETS section of my listings.



NEW POSTAL CARDS... INCL. NEW ISSUES
     Some new P.C. issues are now in stock, mostly from the past few years (2012-13) plus a few really nice UX35s.  I've sold a few of these over the years, but never had enough to keep in stock for any length of time.


     Click here to access the NEW U.S. POSTAL CARDS I have in stock.


MINT FACE P.C.

    MINT FACE cards have finally been transferred from my old list to the new one.  If you're not fimiliar with these cards, I'll spare you the explanation here; it's on my list.

     Click here to access the MINT FACE POSTAL CARDS I have in stock.


UNUSED (Preprinted) POSTAL CARDS

UNUSED (Preprinted) Postal Cards cards have also been transferred from my old list to the new one, though not completely.  SCOTT calls them Preprinted; UPSS calls them UNUSED.  THEY ARE...what you see in the scan at the left.

     Click here to access the UNUSED (Preprinted) POSTAL CARDS I have in stock.


UX14 PLATE VARIETIES

      NOT true Die Varieties (produced during engraving), but caused mostly by wear or accidents, these varieties are mentioned in the UPSS Postal Card Catalog.  I first listed these a few years ago in my "Monthly", but never got around to making them a permanent part of my website. 

Click here to access the UX14 Plate Varieties which I have in stock.


PRESS SHEET FIRST DAY COVERS

     About 18 years ago I created some FDCs from Press Sheet pieces.
     Personally, I thought it was a terrific product... but the cost of the covers was high  and the USPS began churning out too many Press Sheets.
     Facing a bad inventory situation, I discontinued the series after about a year.
     This series includes some good Sports issues... but the #1 seller for me has always been the American Ballet.  I couldn't tell you why if my life depended on it.

   Click here to access the Press Sheet FDCs which I have in stock.


DIGITAL COLORIZED POSTMARKS

     Longer ago than I want to think about, the USPS very openly promised FDC makers that they (the USPS) wouldn't go into the cachet business.
     Circa 2005 the USPS broke that promise, more or less, sneaking in the back door by creating the Digital Colorized Postmark.
     Looks like a Cachet, Smells like a cachet, Walks like a cachet, Quacks like a cachet.  You get the picture.

                       Click here to access the Digital Colorized Postmark FDCs which I have in stock.


DECEMBER OFFERINGS!

      I hope you didn't think I was finished!  It's been awhile since my last mailing, and a lot of material has built up on the shelves.  The listings you just saw above will become permanent parts of my list.  Now, it's time for the "TRANSIENT" items.... items in small quantity.... some of which will later be integrated into my lists, and some of which will probably sell out quickly.  ALL OF THE ITEMS LISTED BELOW ARE ON MY WEBSITE, IN THE "DECEMBER, 2016" SUB-SECTION OF THE "NEW INVENTORY" SECTION.


  SOME MISC. ENVELOPES BY UPSS #

      Nothing spectacular here, just about 20 misc. envelopes by UPSS #.  Some older, some more recent.  Price range, 60c - $16.00.

      Click here to access the DECEMBER, 2016 sub-section of my NEW INVENTORY!! section.


BAVARIAN RAILWAY REVENUES

      10 different Bavarian Railway Revenues.  All NH.  I can't tell you much about these, as I have no catalog for these issues.  By an internet check, they are parts of 2 different sets, and about 100 years old.... some pre-WW1, some post-WW1.  Clean, colorful, and inexpensive, they'd make a nice page in your album.

     Price for a set of 10 is just $10.00.

       Click here to access the DECEMBER, 2016 sub-section of my NEW INVENTORY!! section.



THE 1943 JENKINS CAMDEN DISPATCH REPRINT "PROOFS"
    
The Jenkins Camden Dispatch was a local post which operated in Camden, New Jersey in the 1850s.  Now, these "Cinderellas" are not really "Proofs" in ANY sense of the word.  They were made in 1943 by the Association of South Jersey Stamp Clubs for SOJEX '43, using original Electrotypes loaned to them by Eugene Klein of Philadelphia.... arguably, the most famous stamp dealer who ever lived, who at one time owned the entire sheet of C3a, the inverted Jenny.  These Reprints were made to look like proofs.... and technically, they aren't reprints, either, as the "reprinting" was not done by the issuing entity.  They're Cinderellas.

Price for one of these sets of 5 is $55.00.

Click here to access the DECEMBER, 2016 sub-section of my NEW INVENTORY!! section.


POSTAL BUDDY #1 IN 30 DIFFERENT LOCATIONS

     The Postal Buddy cards hit the Washington D.C. area as a test in 1990 at 30 locations.  They proved to be popular, eventually expanding into other areas (183 locations).  By 1993 They were scheduled to expand to 700 locations when the USPS unexpectedly shut down the program.  It was claimed that the volume just wasn't there, though I suspect the truth was more political than philatelic.  Although it IS possible, inasmuch as these cards were sold to the public at double face, that people just weren't buying.  One of the major dealers in this area at the time was Michael M. Karen, Inc. and thru his network of contacts, Hank was able to accumulate stock from all 30 of the original locations.  This stock was offered thru his pricelists.  Now, the following must be noted:
     1.  The 30 ORIGINAL locations were functioning by 8/28/90.  This offering is COMPLETE for the original group.
     2.  NOT ALL locations are of equal value.  9 of the machines had been taken out of service after March, 1991, and some locations were difficult to begin with.  Some of these machines were available at Post Offices, some were available at Safeway Super Markets, one was available at a Kinko Printers, and one, the rarest, was available at the Pentagon.
     3.  In the scan at the right...the first number, 10030, represents the MACHINE NUMBER.  This is the Pentagon machine.  The second number, 90, represents the year, 1990.  The third number, 345, represents the date...the 345th day of the year, i.e., December 11th.  The 4th number, 052, is the "Sheet Purchase" number.
     4.  All First Day Covers, which are postmarked July 5, are from machine 10001, and are dated 186.  If you bought a Postal Buddy Card from the Philatelic Agency, it was from machine 10001.  99%+ of the Postal Buddy #1 Cards in circulation are from machine 10001.

     Much of Hank Karen's stock of these issues was sold long ago.  Not many sets are left.  I have a few, and am able to offer them at $175.00, each.

        Click here to access the DECEMBER, 2016 sub-section of my NEW INVENTORY!! section.


      To quote Yoda, "More material I have, more time I don't", so I'm ending this monthly mailing now.  What I haven't listed are some interesting stamps, both U.S. and Worldwide, and many, many "Cinderella" items (including ASDA Stamp show labels from the early years, 1949 thru 1956.
     Plus, though I've put up a LOT of Postal Stationery in the past few months, there's still much more to go.  Reply Cards, Wrappers, USED Postal Cards, and of course, many more Envelopes by UPSS #.  In the FAR distant future, I plan to list Precancelled Envelopes & Cut Squares by City, and maybe even USED Cut Squares (though I haven't made up my mind about Used Envelopes.)
     I'm experimenting, this month, with a larger and bolder type font.  A few of you have mentioned to me that you wouldn't mind seeing larger type, and I hear you & agree, since I'm getting up there in age with you.  I have to read this list too.

     Best Regards,

                         

RETURN TO HOME PAGE


Dinosaur on the NetSteve Levine
P.O. Box 951
Linden Hill Station
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-939-5788
email:steve@stevelevinestamps.com
2016 Empire State Philateics, Inc.