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The SCCS Cataloging Committee has not worked up to this, because it's a touchy subject. But there are a fair number of souvenir cards that, for a variety of reasons, don't really meet the criteria for inclusion in the catalog. When catalog numbers were first being assigned in 1989 and the early '90s, precedents had not yet been established, so some cards received numbers that would not make the cut today.

I thought it would be interesting to post some cards that should probably be delisted (which may eventually happen), which also gives me an outlet to rant. Other OCD card collectors are welcome to join the fray.

First, here are the rules...

SCCS Cataloging Criteria for Non-Forerunner cards:

• Souvenir cards should be mementos of a specific commemoration or event.
• All cards from the Bureau’s annual intaglio print program will be included, whether or not they are souvenirs of an event.
• Cards must be printed by or for entities headquartered in continental North America.
• Cards must be engraved or produced by a govt. agency, national organization, the SCCS and affiliated chapters, or current and former members of the Plate Printers Union.
• B, PS, SO, and UN card varieties that have been "officially" modified (overprinted, embossed, etc.) by the USPS, BEP, UN, or ABNC will receive a suffix of A, B, C, etc. Varieties modified post-production (cut-down, overprinted, etc.) by other organizations will receive a suffix of (a), (b), (c), etc.

Exclusions –

• No cards that are postally valid or intended for use as postcards.
• No cards that are simply information sheets for other cards.
• No certificates of award, participation, or membership.
• No printer’s proofs or card samples that were not originally intended for public distribution.
• No cards printed entirely by inkjet or laser printer.
• No cards that serve primarily as vehicles for First Day or other special cancellations. (Maxicards and Souvenir Pages)
• Cards that differ only by affixed stamps and/or cancellations do not merit separate numbers.
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I'll start with the low-hanging fruit. I don't think there would be much argument to de-list these particular cards:

B-86, 92 and 96. In 1985, the BEP put out the three-card Liberty Bell series and, for the first time, included information sheets to go with them. Out of caution, the info sheets were given catalog numbers, too. But this practice stopped after that year. The text is identical on all the cards, except for mention of the color.


B-107. In 1987, the Bureau put out an album to house that year's souvenir cards. The offset-printed album included photos and historical content relating to the cards, but was not, in itself, a souvenir of anything. It was not a popular item and sold poorly.

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SO-44. The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada held a joint convention at Ameripex '86 and issued participation certificates to those involved. Probably because they were printed by the British American Bank Note Co. they were given a catalog number, but these were never intended as souvenir cards. They are not printed on card stock and were not sold or given away to the general public.

SO-64 and 73. You can read more about these cut-down cards on a separate thread. When the ANA first started repurposing their surplus show cards as giveaways for their museum and for promotional purposes, the first two were given catalog numbers. There was a great deal of push-back about this practice at the time and ultimately the SCCS declined to continue cataloging these cards. Recently the Cataloging Committee has determined that such cards will receive lowercase suffixes as unofficial varieties. So these two will eventually be relisted as SO-34(a) and SO-12(a).
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Cards printed by Mike Bean (listed in the MB category) are ripe for significant reorganization. Most of them feature beautiful engraved vignettes, but cataloging them has been fairly haphazard. Here are a number I think need to be reconsidered.

MB-1 and 13. These are very nice cards, but don't seem to be souvenirs of any particular show or event. As such, they could be called intaglio prints, but not souvenir cards.

MB-3. The Currency & Engraving Society of Atlanta never really got off the ground. Intaglio membership certificates were printed to entice new members and somehow received catalog numbers. But they are not souvenirs of an event, just an indication of membership. The engraving is gorgeous, nonetheless.

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I agree with these decisions in their entirety.
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Here's another one that should never have gotten into the B listings (imho): B-267. This is the *monster* intaglio print of the Declaration of Independence -- 26" x 31". But, the problem again is ... what is it a souvenir of? It is not part of the Bureau's annual Intaglio Print series and has been on continuous sale for well over a decade. This really would be more appropriate for the Portrait-Vignette (PV) category of BEP prints that include presidential portraits and landmark buildings.

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Forerunner cards follow a different set of criteria, which are inclusive of a larger variety of items. However, there are still many cards I think ought to be de-listed. My pet peeve is the inclusion of printers who were not involved in security printing (currency, bonds and other securities, stamps, etc.). A great many of the early presidential inaugural items in the FSO category were printed by companies which did fine engraving, but had no connection to the banknote industry. Bailey, Banks & Biddle is one, Tiffany & Co. is another. These cards went into the catalog because of their historic significance, but they don't really meet the standard.

As one example, here is an 1865 Inaugural Ball invitation (FSO-1865B). Beautiful card, but engraved by Dempsey & O'Toole, which did no banknote business I'm aware of.

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Good points. Separating currency cards from others certainly makes it easier for catalog purposes. Anyway good idea. 
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I saw this thread and thought, "I wonder why there are good candidates for DELI sting?" Hahaha. 
Seriously, I agree with your approach on all of these. Nice work.

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Deli sting! 😄 That's where we find you a deal too good to pass up.
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