How do we list it..Is this a souvenir card. It was issued for a specific event, available to the general public. Intaglio printed by the BEP. Have we decided how to handle this?
Sorry to hear about the shipping mishap, Art. I wonder if the Mint is doing the shipping for the BEP as well as their order processing. If so, they probably are used to shipping coins and have yet to understand the nuances of cards and currency.
Regarding the insert card, the SCCS cataloging committee has been discussing this. The $50 "moon card" is a legit intaglio BEP product, but it poses the same issues as the engravings in the Bison, Lewis & Clark, Marshall, and Franklin coin/currency sets, namely:
· These cards don't include a title pertaining to the event they commemorate.
· Some are identical to cut-down souvenir cards
· They were not sold individually.
However, the SCCS has an obligation to identify BEP intaglios. My suggestion would be to assign a catalog number to the complete set. Since these are essentially a new type of product, they should get a new numbering prefix -- perhaps "BC" for Bureau Coin/Currency set. There aren't that many to catalog yet, but it's likely there will be more of these collaborations.
I'd be interested to hear any feedback about this. I think we will be discussing this further at the Chicago ANA show. And I'm hoping to get our usual sit-down with the BEP reps -- lots of questions regarding the Apollo 11 cards to be answered.