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GregAlex
Here's another something that looks like, but is not, a souvenir card. Rod will appreciate these. [smile]

Back in 2002, dealer Lee Quast had Mike Bean print up some small cards to which he affixed postage stamps and circulated as scrip at the FUN show and other shows he attended. They aren't specifically souvenirs of any show in particular -- more of an advert for Lee -- so we didn't list them in the SCCS catalog. But they do share engraved vignettes with numerous other souvenir cards that Mike printed.

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DepressionScripGuy (Rod)
Such a nice guy doing bad things....  Now I want some of those...what the??
Come see a forgotten piece of history...
http://www.depressionscrip.com
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GregAlex
It's possible Lee might still have some of these in stock. I'll PM you his email.
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GregAlex
Canada Post actually issued a series of products they called "Souvenir Cards," which are not considered true souvenir cards by the SCCS. These are actually mint sets of all the stamps issued in a specific year. The USPS calls these "Year Sets" but Canadians preferred their own title, even though they are not souvenirs of anything.

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mvnb767355
Only one I've collected...but like the engraving...E.A. Wright stuff.

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Looking for Missouri Nationals/NW Missouri/SW Iowa
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mikelaw
Nice. Like it a lot.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Republican_National_Convention

Mike
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mikelaw
Interesting google tool.

https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/1325808?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en
Mike
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mvnb767355
Thanks...will have to try that.

Looking for Missouri Nationals/NW Missouri/SW Iowa
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mikelaw
Arrived today along with 3rd Q 2019 Souvenir Card Journal. Very cool intaglio print.
Mike
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GregAlex
I'm not surprised that you got yours first, Mike, since these get mailed from Philadelphia. I'm looking forward to getting my copy, since I suggested the theme this year. [biggrin]
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Steve in Tampa
Love this thread and the amazing variety.

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mikelaw
Nice. “ They are provided for” vignette is very cool. Good stuff. Anyway, what are they ? Stocks, bonds...
Mike
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Steve in Tampa
Has anyone bought the hand engraved Declaration of Independence ($199.00) from the BEP ?

I was wondering why it’s so pricey.

https://catalog.usmint.gov/declaration-of-independence-B44316.html
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GregAlex
I'm finally back on the grid after a week out of town. I have never really had the chance to study one of these sheets closely -- mostly because no one I know wanted to pay the price. At the ANA Chicago show in August, BEP pressman Mike Beck did say that he had to hand-pull each one of those. Something that large represents a good bit of time to properly ink the plate. I can see why they would charge a premium but it does seem high, considering they charged less than $100 for the Panama-Pacific Expo Award reprint, which were also hand-pulled. Is shipping included in the price? Shipping something that bulky could also bump up the cost.
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DonEinNY

Two USPS cards commemorating the 1989 Bay Bridge World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics.  I thought these were appropriate to show on the 30th anniversary of the series and the Loma Prieta earthquake that interrupted the series.  Note how early the World Series started compared to today.

The earthquake occurred on October 17th before the start of Game 3.  The cancels reflect the gap that ensued between the end of Game 2 and the beginning of Game 3.  The Oakland A's swept the series in 4 games.

The cards measure 6½" W × 5" H and are on lightweight card stock, with the baseball logo side being glossy.  They are not souvenir cards, postcards, postal cards, or maxi-cards, but are best described as commemorative cards officially issued by the USPS.

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mikelaw
Good stuff. Thanks for sharing. I remember the series and earthquake.
Mike
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GregAlex
Those are quite interesting! Do you recall where those were sold? I'm guessing the local post offices issued them and they weren't available nationally. They aren't part of the USPS souvenir card series.

I remember that earthquake, too. I was working for UCLA at the time and interviewed several Bay Area alumni about it for an article. Nowhere near the devastation of the 1906 quake, but plenty of damage still.
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DonEinNY
I also remember the earthquake.  The scenes of the collapsed bridge structures were devastating.

I am pretty sure you are correct, Greg.  I received these 2 World Series cards in a box lot, but I have one from another World Series game that my brother picked up for me at the game.  Unfortunately, I can't find that one right now.

Apparently, these types of cards are sponsored by the local USPS regional offices and are only available at the events.  Seemingly, they are also only available with stamps attached and are always cancelled.  Still, they must be authorized by the USPS for them to bear the USPS logo.

Following is one from the 1990 "A Salute to Racial Harmony" event.  It is 8" W × 4½" H on coated lightweight card stock.

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I picked up the following 2 cards at the Belmont Stakes races.  The first is from 1993 and measures 7" W × 5" H.  It is on linen-finished medium-weight card stock with a gold metallic border and gold metallic Triboro District insignia.  The second is from 1994.  It also measures 7" W × 5" H and has a faux-laid paper finish on medium-weight card stock with a printed black border and insignia.  Both cards were sold with the Triboro District folder.

In both instances, I tried to buy the cards uncancelled, but the USPS clerks said they were not permitted to sell them uncancelled.  I imagine, though, some were released this way.

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Also available at the 1993 Belmont Stakes was the first day ceremony program for the 1993 horse racing stamps issued at the Kentucky Derby.  It bears the additional Preakness and Belmont Stakes cancels.

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DonEinNY
While I have this material out, I figured I would add another item to "Things that are NOT Souvenir Cards."  This may also fit into the "odd and unusual" category.

Following is a Christmas card from 1970 that represents the USPS' foray into the Christmas card business.  These were not cards issued by the USPS to its philatelic customers, similar to that which is done by foreign philatelic agencies, but were sold with the intent that they be used as Christmas cards to be sent to family and friends on your holiday card list.  The card is shown unfolded.  An envelope for mailing was also provided for each card.

I once read that only 600 of these were produced, but I strongly doubt this is the case.  Perhaps only 600 sets were produced (about 25 cards per set), but even this amount sounds too little for it to have been economically feasible for the USPS.  They seem to be somewhat available and sell for a little over $1 each.

The issuance of these cards was a total and utter flop.  The cards were not printed well and the design was a dud.  Perhaps the only interesting design element was the deckled edge on the front of the card.  They were not popular among collectors or the general public.  Needless to say, this was the first and last attempt by the USPS in producing and selling holiday cards.


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GregAlex
The Christmas card and the Sports Horses card I would categorize as First Day of Issue cards, since the FDoI cancelled stamps are integral to the cards' function. But the other regional souvenir cards are quite interesting. They are all unknown to me, and probably to most collectors. Don, you should consider writing an article about them for the Souvenir Card Journal!
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GregAlex
This is a nice engraving that the BEP used to sell and perhaps still does. It's Lincoln's Gettysburg Address along with his familiar portrait from currency. It's a large sheet (10" x 13") on card stock, but it isn't a souvenir card because (you know the drill) it isn't a souvenir of an event. This actually falls into the BEP's portrait-vignette series, so it was given a catalog number: PV-501.

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GregAlex
Here is a very attractive and rather scarce card -- or rather a page from a book. Engraved by the Treasury Department, circa 1869. I was lucky enough to pick it up last week. I'll disclose more about it, but let's see if anyone knows what it is.

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DonEinNY
GregAlex wrote:
Here is a very attractive and rather scarce card -- or rather a page from a book. Engraved by the Treasury Department, circa 1869. I was lucky enough to pick it up last week. I'll disclose more about it, but let's see if anyone knows what it is. 

     


I am going to guess it is a specimen of the government bond issued to the Union Pacific Railroad and Central Pacific Railroad companies for completion of the transcontinental railroad.

Since this is from a book, are we to presume you landed one of the BEP Specimen books?
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GregAlex
Getting warmer, but not quite. The book is quite expensive, I was lucky just to get one page. Hint -- what are the triangles? (They are not punched out.)
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DonEinNY
Second guess: Rejected proof, with correction marks, of the government bond issued to the Union Pacific Railroad and Central Pacific Railroad companies for completion of the transcontinental railroad.
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