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mikelaw
Looking forward to the 2020 cards. Wonder what topics we can expect ? Women’s voting rights. 19th Amendment issues. Any thoughts ?
Mike
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GregAlex
The three-card series will honor the 75th anniversary of WWII. There will also be a stand-alone card for Womens Suffrage. On the last day of the Chicago ANA show we learned that the WWII stamps that the BEP had planned to use on the WWII cards would not be available (USPS has the plates). So that threw a monkey wrench into the works. I don't know what they came up with for the revised designs.

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mikelaw
Thanks for update. Here’s another reason to join the souvenir card collectors society. Quarterly Journals with cool stories, photos and sneak peeks.
Mike
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nirvana
And sometimes the journal includes a unique souvenir card.
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GregAlex
We have news! Yesterday my source at the BEP provided firm details of their 2020 plans. 

The Bureau will be attending the FUN show January 9 -12 with the demonstration spider press. They will have a special print representing the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower. It sounds like this will be a unique design only available at the show, probably by raffle. But there will also be a currency and print set featuring elements from the Mayflower card offered later in 2020. The BEP will introduce a WWII 75th Anniversary print collection, but dates have yet to be determined. No mention of a card for women's suffrage.
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mikelaw
Cool. Thanks for update. 
Mike
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nirvana
Do you the day they will hold the special print raffle?
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GregAlex
They typically hold the drawings at noon and 4 p.m.  Sometimes there's only one drawing on the first day. And you must be present to win.

Addendum: There *will* be a card on the women's suffrage theme, but no details yet.
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mikelaw
Any updates about 2020 souvenir cards ?  There’s a article in January 2020 Coin World confirming $5 gold/silver WW II themed coins. Thanks. 
Mike
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GregAlex
Nothing new to report. The Mayflower card will be available at FUN in a couple weeks; I'll try to post a scan here when I get one (I won't be there). And if our SCCS members meet with the BEP at the show we may learn more. Stay tuned.
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GregAlex
This just in! Here is a photo of the #2 card raffled at the FUN show earlier today. And it's a currency card! The featured note is the back of the 1902 $5 Plain Back National. It looks like this will be a distinct card, so it will get its own catalog number. Only 50 of these are available, so it will be much in demand. However, if you don't get one you could fall back on B-93 issued in 1986, which has a 1902 Date Back.

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mikelaw
Nice. Like it a lot. Too bad only 50 available. Thanks for update and photo. 
Mike
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mikelaw
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Mike
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Steve in Tampa
Good looking card. I bailed at collecting BEP Souvenir cards when they started printing the word COPY on the notes. I understand why they’re doing it, but find it extremely distracting.
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GregAlex
They're doing to prevent dealers from cutting them down and misrepresenting them as proofs. And TPGs from misidentifying cut down cards. I think most older folks and the TPGs are now wise to this practice, but new collectors may not be. I completely agree that it's unsightly and we've complained about it to no avail. If they would just put "Copy" on the reverse side along with some text about the card, that would be just as effective. It's what American Bank Note did with their cards. But this is the government -- and they are very non-progressive and risk-averse. All we can do is continue to complain (you can help with that). If they hear the same thing from enough people they will bend. That's how we finally got currency back on these cards after 10 years.
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GregAlex
Well, here's something interesting. I finally got a scan of the reverse of that Mayflower card and it turns out the BEP did put some text on the back of the note. It's their typical legalese disclaimer, but I think if they added something like "Reprinted in 2019 from the original die by the Bureau of Engraving & Printing" that would be enough to be able to remove the word "COPY" from the front. Another option might be to print COPY in UV ink so that it would only be visible under a darklight.

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mikelaw
Nice. How many cards in 2020 ? Really like the the Mayflower. Thanks. 
Mike
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GregAlex
That's a good question, but the BEP has been really bad at providing information in advance this year. At least three cards on the theme of WWII and a separate Women's Suffrage card. That's all I know right now.
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