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GregAlex
Wizard1 wrote:
Here's another one I dug up


Ah, neat item, but not a souvenir card. I have one of these, too -- mine doesn't have the specimen stamp but it does have tractor-feed punch-holes along the edges for computer printing of names, etc. if it were a real stock certificate. This is actually a sales sample that Canadian Bank Note gave out to potential clients. I will post a couple others on the Specimen Stocks and Bonds thread.

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Since many collectors aren't familiar with souvenir cards, here is how they are defined by the Souvenir Card Collectors Society:

Souvenir cards typically include these features:
  • They are mementos or souvenirs of a particular occasion, exposition, or hobbyist show.
  • They are not postally valid or intended for use as postcards.
  • Most are printed on high quality card stock using intaglio methods (steel plate engravings).
  • Intaglio souvenir cards showcase the finest work of American bank note engravers.
  • "Official" cards are authorized and printed by the U.S. government or commercial bank note printers. "Unofficial" cards are printed by private printing companies or individuals.
There are a few exceptions to these rules in the SCCS catalog, but not many.
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GregAlex
Yesterday I noticed an exception to one of the rules above -- the only rule-breaker of this type I've come across. In 1915 for the Panama-Pacific Expo, the BEP issued a series of souvenir cards to sell at their fair exhibit. They also produced a series of four smaller cards that are the size of postcards. From the printing on the back they definitely appear to be intended for postal use. Since this is considered a forerunner card, it gets a pass.

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mikelaw
Very nice..thanks. These are a little more recent.
Mike
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GregAlex
Mike, I happen to have a scan of the BEP die card on The Capitol. This was probably circa 1901. This was how the Bureau kept track of what their various engravings were used for.
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mikelaw
Interesting find. Very cool.
Mike
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mikelaw
Here’s one. Arrived with 3rd Quarter 2018 edition of Souvenir Card Journal. Honors 100th Anniversary of WW1. Very cool Intaglio card.
Mike
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DepressionScripGuy (Rod)
Got mine today too mikelaw.  Very nice card and I assume it will be N-30 in the photo gallery but I'm waiting on Greg or Bill to tell me that.
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GregAlex
Yep, that's now on the website as N-30.

And I filled a couple holes in my own collection yesterday. Here's one I really like for the steamboat vignette -- B-120. I don't know how I missed picking it up until now.

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GregAlex
I picked up a new card (new to me) in the last SCCS auction. This is a Mike Bean print, MB-44 in the SCCS catalog. I like this one particularly for the maritime vignette that I haven't seen before.

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oklahomadanny
Here's an odd-ball that I had to dig to find the info on at SCCS site. A Q-7 from Lee Quast. It was an unsold card from from a seller I recently bought the 5 card 2009 Lincoln set from. It appears it is no longer available (I asked). [frown]

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oklahomadanny
B291 to B295 Lincoln set from 2009. Paid ~ $65 w/s&h so ~$12 per card. [smile] Ken Barr lists them at $35 each.
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nirvana
Can anyone help me identify this print? It measures 81/2 x 11 and is printed on a very thin velum type paper (appears to simulate parchment). It was included with several BEP intaglio prints I found. It appears it was printed from an engraving.
Thanks!
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GregAlex
That's a mirror image of a Lincoln portrait engraved by the BEP. I can't tell from the picture, whether yours is engraved, but you should be able to lightly run your fingernail over it. If it is rough then it is engraved (raised ink). If it's smooth then it's not. I don't think it was actually printed by the Bureau.
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nirvana
Thanks GregAlex. It doesn't feel raised so I guess I can assume it's a print.
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GregAlex
nirvana wrote:
Thanks GregAlex. It doesn't feel raised so I guess I can assume it's a print.


Here's the original engraving, if you're curious.


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nirvana
GregAlex, thank you for this information and scan. I saw on another topic in this forum that the engraving you showed me, above, could be FB-1962A(c). Do you have any idea why anyone would make a mirror image of it? 
Thanks,
Jim
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GregAlex
That is a puzzler. Perhaps there's a printmaking process that creates a transfer image, which would reverse it. Or, if it was scanned, maybe someone flipped it using Photoshop, so it would appear different from the BEP engraving. Other members may have other guesses.
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nirvana
Thanks. I appreciate your thoughts on this.
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GregAlex
Well, it's been too long since anyone posted something on this thread. We've gotten busy lately updating and adding to the SCCS website Image Gallery. In fact, we've added a new section for ANA cards. These are considered "private cards" as they weren't printed by a bank note security printer -- although some have actual banknotes attached. It's an interesting mix with a little something for everyone.

There are a few holes we still need to fill, so if you have scans of anything we are missing please let me know!

ANA-1.jpg  ANA-2.jpg  ANA-4.jpg  ANA-8.jpg  ANA-9.jpg  ANA-16.jpg  ANA-17.jpg 
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mikelaw
The Philly colonials and MPC’s are very cool. Four thumbs ups.
Mike
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GregAlex
This card showed up the other day, so I thought I'd post it on the general souvenir card thread. This was used for a series of cards in 1996 by the SCCS Washington Chapter. There were five cards cataloged from various shows that year, starting with Springpex (W-27). Each of them featured this interesting engraving of the U.S. Capitol from 1831, before the dome was added. But what no one realized until now was that a sixth card existed, a generic version that was the basis for all the others. Here it is. Assigning a new catalog number presents another challenge for the Cataloging Committee to figure out.

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