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GregAlex
Souvenir cards don't show up in the larger auctions very often, so it might be useful to call them out when members see them, then follow up on what they went for. Prices will include the BP.

The last Archives International sale had about 30 lots of souvenir cards and intaglio prints, all from American Bank Note Co. Many of these brought good prices, though not all sold. Here are some highlights.

A very early forerunner card had an overly-optimistic starting price of $280. This is one got no bids.
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Results on the bulk lots of common cards were mixed. Group lots of (100) and (125) SO-121 with minimums of $60 and $75 went unsold. (That would have been roughly 75¢ per card.) However, a group lot of (70) SO-116 cards brought $73, about a buck a card.

Group lots of a single panel from the 1992 ABN Archive series brought $61 for 62 cards and $55 for 52. It will be interesting to see if these end up on Ebay.

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Four identical lots of ABN reprint sets of Kingdom of Hawaii currency saw some competitive bidding. These are gorgeous notes and they were on full-size proof sheets of card stock, not the trimmed down versions that were sold in the '90s. These sets brought from $183 to $220 each.

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A couple sets of the 1995 Postmaster Provisional cards (SO-138 to 143) brought similar amounts, $183 and $220, strong prices for this set. These were serial numbered, which means they were legitimately issued.

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Someone got deal on a four-card 1995 set of City Council of Brunswick notes (also serial numbered) at a price of $97. Ken Barr retails these for $250 a set and it wouldn't surprise me if he were a buyer of some of this material.

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Lastly, there were some group lots of what could only be printer's excess. Two cards, SO-85 and SO-110, in issued form have holographic stickers affixed in the lower left. The cards in the auction had no holograms and the placement marks are visible. The SO-85s (Columbus) brought $79 for 33 cards and $91 for 43. The locomotive cards brought $91 for 44 and $61 for 34.

I'd say the bulk buyers did pretty well at this sale.

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Berny
GregAlex wrote:

Group lots of a single panel from the 1992 ABN Archive series brought $61 for 62 cards and $55 for 52. It will be interesting to see if these end up on Ebay.

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The original price was about $10 per card. So a bargain.

Did AI get 62 of the same cards from the ABNC archives itself? Unsold cards?

Many of these will probably show up on eBay as individual vignettes. I forget who specializes in cutting these up?
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GregAlex
Berny wrote:

Did AI get 62 of the same cards from the ABNC archives itself? Unsold cards?


AI seems to be slowly rolling out the remaining stock of ABN Commemoratives, a consumer subsidiary. A lot of this appears to be production overage -- cards that were probably left over after the client took their shipment.

Berny wrote:

Many of these will probably show up on eBay as individual vignettes. I forget who specializes in cutting these up?


cvcc-inc seems to be the most prolific chop shop on ebay for these banknote engravings. But there are a number of others who cut down the currency reprints on souvenir cards.
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GregAlex
Well, Archives International is once again selling off more surplus material from American Bank Note Commemoratives' inventory in their Auction 55. This time, though, it's a bit scary.

They have devoted more than 10 pages to souvenir cards at the end of the catalog. At first I was baffled by multiple lots of the same, mostly common cards. Then I realized each lot represented 50 to 100 and sometimes 200 cards! For some cards, 500 to 700 pieces are being dumped on the market at prices that will probably be less than 30¢ or 40¢ each. This makes me concerned for dealers like Ken Barr, as it will certainly depress the prices for these semi-official (SO) cards

If you are shopping for Christmas cards, however, this might be a great opportunity. There are five bulk lots of ABNC intaglio holiday cards - 20 packets with 12 cards (240 total cards and envelopes) with starting bids of $25. You won't get cards that cheap from Hallmark, and these all have classic ABN engravings. (I posted some pics of these on another forum.)

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mikelaw
Thanks for heads up. Would definitely make unique holiday cards.
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DonEinNY
Same here, Greg - thanks for the heads up.  There are some nice single item lots in this auction, as well.

The last time Archives International offered bulk lots like this, most of the groups of 100 souvenir cards sold for between $200 and $500.  It also offered the holiday cards in similar groups of 20 sets, but all of the lots sold for over $40.  I bid that amount on each and was outbid on all of them.

Also, kudos to Greg for another great job on updating the pictures on the SCCS website.

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GregAlex
Thanks Don! And btw, we are almost ready to post two *new* categories of cards on the website. I just need final approval from the Cataloging Committee. Stay tuned!
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