STEVE LEVINE

Postal Stationery
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Steve Levine
P.O. Box 951
Linden Hill Station

Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718-939-5788

 email:steve@stevelevinestamps.com

UNITED STATES
MINT
POSTAL CARDS


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     MINT POSTAL CARD INFORMATION:  AT the end of this list is some information about Mint Postal Cards which you'll find useful.  I have a few words to say on the subjects of PAPER COLOR and QUALITY, FLUORESCENT PAPER, SURCHARGES and that most important matter, the overall quality of what I sell.  CLICK HERE

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Scott  UPSS             Description                 Price   Price
  #      #                                         Folded Unfolded
UY1    MR1  1c Grant, With Frame................     ----       
       MR1  S1a Sep. 1a, Printers Rule 11 1/2 on M Side     75.00
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UY2    MR3  2c Liberty Head, blue...............    18.50       
       MR3  S1 Sep. 1 Printers Rule 11 1/2 on M Side...     27.50
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UY3    MR5  1c Grant, Without Frame.............     ----       
       MR5  S1 Sep. 1, Printers Rule 11 1/2 on M Side..     -----
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UY5    MR8  1c Washington, blue, double frame...   165.00       
       MR8  S2 Sep. 2, Roulette 5 3/4 on M Side........    250.00
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UY6    MR12 1c Washington, green, double frame..   160.00       
       MR12 S1 Sep. 1, Roulette 6 1/4 on M side........    235.00
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UY7    MR14 1c Washington, green, single frame..      .95       
       MR14 S4B Sep. 4, Roulette 6 1/4 M Side, buff....      1.50
       MR14 S4C Sep. 4, Roulette 6 1/4 M Side, canary..      3.00
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UY11   MR18 2c Liberty Head, red................     1.75    3.00
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UY12   MR19 3c McKinley, Stamp-Like Design......     9.00    ----
            (above is on BUFF card stock)                       
       MR19S1 Sep. 1, Roulette 5 3/4 on M Side.........     12.50
       MR19S5 Sep. 5, Printers Rule 9 1/2 on M Side....     12.00
       MR19S6 Sep. 6, Printers Rule 9 1/2 on R Side....     12.00
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UY13   MR22a 2c Washington, Type 1, Electrotype.     ----    ----
            (Mess: 58.5 mm, Reply: 59 mm)                       
UY13   MR22b 2c Washington, Type 2, Steel Plate.     1.00    1.50
            (Mess: 59 mm, Reply: 59.5 mm)                       
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UY14   MR23-1 2c on 1c Washington (UY7), green.                 
            Surcharge Vertical Below Stamp......     1.00    1.50
UY14b  MR23-3 2c Surcharge Horizontal at Left...     ----   20.00
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UY16   MR26 4c Statue Of Liberty................      .90    ----
       MR26S1 Sep. 1, Roulette 9 1/2 on M Side.........      1.25
       MR26S2 Sep. 2, Roulette 9 1/2 on R Side.........      1.25
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UY17   MR27T1 3c Liberty, Tp 1, Elect, 98 mm inscr.  2.75    ----
UY17   MR27T2 3c Liberty, Tp 2, Steel, 100 mm inscr  2.75    4.50
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UY18   MR28AT1 4c Lincoln, Tp 1, Elect, 98 mm insc.  3.00    xxxx
UY18   MR28AT2 4c Lincoln, Tp 2, Steel, 99 mm insc.  3.00    ----
UY18a  MR28C  4c Lincoln, "Tagged" (Phosphor) Ink..  5.50    7.50
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UY19   MR29   7c Map & U.S.A....................     2.00    2.75
UY20   MR30   8c Map & U.S.A....................     2.00    2.75
UY21   MR31   5c Abraham Lincoln................     1.00    1.50
UY22   MR32   6c Paul Revere....................      .75    1.00
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UY23   MR33   6c John Hanson, Smooth Paper......      .75    1.00
UY23   MR33c  6c John Hanson, Coarse Paper......     1.50    2.00
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UY24   MR34   8c Adams - Smooth, Dull Paper.....      .75    1.00
UY24a  MR34b  8c Adams - Coarse, Dull Paper.....     1.50    2.50
UY24a  MR34bFH 8c Coarse, Fluorescent, High-Bright   4.00    5.00
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UY25   MR35 7c Charles Thomson..................      .75    1.00
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UY26   MR36   9c John Witherspoon, Smooth Paper.      .75    1.00
UY26   MR36c  9c John Witherspoon, Coarse Paper.     1.25    1.50
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UY27   MR37   9c Rodney - Smooth, Dull paper....      .75    1.00
UY27   MR37c  9c Rodney - Coarse, Dull Paper....     1.50    2.00
UY27   MR37cFM 9c Coarse, Fluorescent, Med-Bright    2.25    3.00
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UY28   MR38   9c Nathan Hale....................      .75    1.00
UY29   MR39 (10c) John Hancock..................     7.00    8.50
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UY30   MR40  10c John Hancock, Smooth Paper.....      .75    1.00
UY30   MR40c 10c John Hancock, Coarse Paper.....     1.50    2.00
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UY31   MR41 (12c) Domestic Rate, Dull Paper.....      .75    1.00
UY31   MR41FM (12c) Fluorescent, Med-Bright.....     2.25    3.00
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UY32   MR42a 12c Isaiah Thomas, Large Die.......     3.00    4.00
UY32a  MR42b 12c Isaiah Thomas, Small Die, Smooth    2.50    3.00
UY32a  MR42bc 12c Isaiah Thomas, Small Die, Coarse   4.00    5.00
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UY33   MR43 (13c) Robert Morris.................     1.25    1.75
UY34   MR44  13c Robert Morris..................      .85    1.25
UY35   MR45 (14c) Charles Carroll...............     1.75    2.50
UY36   MR46  14c Charles Carroll................      .85    1.25
UY37   MR47  14c George Wythe...................      .85    1.25
UY38   MR48  14c Stars and Stripes..............      .85    1.25
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UY39   MR49a 15c Bison - Hi-Brite Fluor. Paper..      .85    1.25
UY39   MR49b 15c Bison - Dull Paper.............     2.00    3.00
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UY40   MR50  19c Stars and Stripes..............      .85    1.25
UY41   MR51  20c America Series - Red Barn......      .85    1.25
UY42   MR52  20c Block Island Lighthouse........      .85    1.25
UY43   MR53  21c White Barn.....................      .85    1.25

OFFICIA
L ISSUES
Scott  UPSS           Description                         Price
  #      #                                                     

UZ3    O3F   14c Fluorescent, Med-Brite................    3.00


POSTAL BUDDY CARDS
CVUX1  PB1 15c Eagle...................................    5.00
               SHEET of 4 cards........................   20.00
CVUX2  PB2 19c Eagle...................................    2.50
               SHEET of 4 cards........................   10.00
CVUX3  PB3a1 19c Star & U.S.A..........................    8.00
               SHEET of 4 cards........................    ----
CVUX3a  PB3b1 19c Star & U.S.A. & Postal Buddy Logo....   11.00
               SHEET of 4 cards........................   42.50
POSTAL BUDDY MONEY CARD - Red & Blue plastic "credit card"    
      used for Postal Buddy accounts at PB machines....    5.00


UX25/S35B PLATE VARIETIES

UX25 S35Bd-1  White Spot Over Ribbon, LARGE Clear Spot on     
              Forehead.................................    7.50

UX25 S35Bd-2  White Spot Over Ribbon, SMALL Clear Spot on     
              Forehead.................................    5.00

UX25 S35Bd-2A White Spot Over Ribbon, MEDIUM Clear Spot on    
              Forehead.................................    5.00

UX25 S35Bf  White Spot Over Ribbon, Crack in Grant's          
              Beard....................................    7.50

UX25 S35Bg-1  White Spot Over Ribbon, White Spot Over "T"     
              of GRANT.................................    5.00

UX25 S35Bg-2  White Spot Over Ribbon, White Spot Over "T"     
              of GRANT, Blob of Color in Left Frame....    7.50

UX25 S35Bh-1  W.S.O.R., Nick in Inner Frame Line over "T"     
              of POSTAL, Clear "T" of "CENTS"..........   10.00

UX25 S35Bi    White Spot Over Ribbon, White Blob at Right     
              of "T" of "CENTS"........................    5.00

UX25 S35Bj-1  Nick in Frame under "S" of CENTS, Clear Spot    
              in Moustache Under Nose..................    5.00

UX25 S35Bj-2  Nick in Frame under "S" of CENTS, NO Clear      
              Spot in Moustache Under Nose.............    7.50


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MINT POSTAL CARD INFORMATION


     Collecting U.S. Postal Cards can be done on several levels.  Like Envelopes & Cut Squares, there are Die varieties, Plate varieties, Surcharge varieties, and Paper varieties.  There are also thousands of errors/freaks/oddities which are too minor to be listed in any catalog...as well as hundreds which ARE listed.  A good basic Postal Card collection can contain several hundred varieties, and not set you back the cost of a refrigerator.  An advanced collection can contain several THOUSAND cards, and set you back the cost of a house.  

 

     POSTAL CARD QUALITY: THE BUCK STOPS HERE  You should expect top quality while recognizing that Postal Cards are not "stamps".  Postal Cards are a commercial product, and have only recently been printed with the needs of collectors in mind.  I buy carefully and weed out any obvious problems I see.  My major problem is with shrink-wrapped cards of the past 20 years.  Shrink-wrapping will, in time, warp the cards and mash the corners.  How much time?  I have no answer.  Sometimes the wrapping process itself damages the cards; sometimes the damage takes years of storage.
 

     THAT issue aside, Postal Cards of the past 60 years will look as if they came out of the Post Office yesterday -- clean, fresh, and with sharp strong corners.  Older cards, however, will usually show some signs of age and storage, as well as characteristics of the era in which they were collected.  Old-time collectors saw no harm in writing a few small details, in pencil, on the backs of a card.  The Surcharged Cards of 1920 --  UX32 (on UX29), UX33 (on UX30), and UY9 (on UY8) -- are often found with identification on the back, and that's considered o.k. to most collectors.  (These cards were surcharged in 46 different cities and are listed in the UPSS Postal Card Catalog.)  Many PLATE VARIETIES and DIE VARIETIES may also have light pencil I.D. on the back; this is also considered acceptable.

     POSTAL CARD STOCK - GENERAL  Postal Cards, like Envelopes, were a commercial product, and much variation exists in the color, thickness, and "finish" (surface texture) of older Postal Cards.  This is especially true when a card was in service for several years and was reprinted several times...and more so when different contractors were employed.  Among more recnt cards, the USPS used several suppliers of paper, and their standards of manufacture are not all uniform.

 

     PAPER COLOR  Most Postal Cards were printed on only ONE type of card stock, so identification is no problem.  However, some of the older cards -- especially those, like UX27, which was reprinted many times during its run of 37 years -- were printed on several different shades of card stock.  Some of these colors were difficult enough to identify years ago, when the colors were fresh; now, with aging, some of the shades are almost meaningless.  Perhaps the worst example is on UX27, the shades in question being CREAM and OFF-WHITE.  BUFF, on a card, is different from the BUFF on an envelope.  Card "buff" is a light manila/light brownish shade, and it varies considerably.  Light Buff can overlap a bit into dark cream.  For some early cards, dark buff is a scarce shade.  Age and discoloration, however, can darken a card.  Yes, it's a mess.
 

     THREE cards -- UX21, UX22 and UY5 -- were printed on blue paper.  During my time as a dealer in Postal Stationery (starting in 1981) I've noticed fewer and fewer true "blue" cards.  Many of them have discolored, slightly to greatly, from blue to grayish blue to brownish blue.

 

     PAPER STOCK  Thickness on most cards is uniform, though a few cards which had multiple print runs do show different thicknesses.  One of the best-known is UX22.  Identification is difficult, even with a micrometer; often, the a positive I.D. can only be made by a dealer -- like me -- who happens to have a "pack" in stock.  The difference in thickness is obvious when measuring 25 cards; when measuring only ONE card, the difference is nearly impossible to measure.

 

     PAPER FINISH  The surfaces of cards often show a different "finish".  Most which had limited print runs will show either a rough or a smooth finish.  Some -- like UX23 -- will exist with both.  If you try, for instance, to erase a pencil notation on the back of a rough-surfaced card (like UX1 or UX3), you won't notice the area where you erased.  If you try that on a smooth-surfaced card (like UX23), that erased area will be obvious.  Relative scarcity?  Unknown.

 

     SMOOTH AND COARSE PAPERS  Further variety was added in 1973 with the use of "SMOOTH" and "COARSE" papers.  The terms do NOT refer to the "feel" of the paper, or the roughness of the surface, though there is SOME connection.  (If you put on a blindford and tried to I.D. smooth/coarse cards by their "feel", you'd be wrong more often than right...)  What they refer to is how the cards look when you hold them up in front of a strong lightbulb.  The best way to understand is to select a cheap issue, buy one of each, and hold it to the light.  I can't explain it better....  AND, unfortunately, this smooth/coarse difference is a bit subjective, and varies for each issue.  Not all issues exist both ways, and even the UPSS catalog ignores most of them.  They are not scarce, though there is a slight premium, which is mostly for the extra time I have to put into I.D.'ing them.

 

     FLUORESCENT PAPER  Starting in 1963 with UX48/S66b the USPS began using fluorescent card stock on Postal Cards.  This is a complex area, to say the least.

     FIRST, some cards are made entirely of fluorescent paper; other are made of ordinary paper, but with fluorescent fibers embedded. More fibers, more brightness.  At a distance, it's not obvious; up close, it is.

     SECOND, some cards exist ONLY on fluorescent paper, some exist ONLY on ordinary, "dull" paper, and some exist both ways.  When this happens, the fluorescent is GENERALLY more scarce, but there are exceptions.  UX120 and UY39 are 2 examples where the "dull" paper commands a premium.  Sometimes the premium is modest ($2 compared to 25c on many common issues), sometimes it's large ($13.50 compared to 60c on UXC4).  There's one truly RARE issue, UX65 on dull paper.  I've never owned one in 34 years of dealing in this area!
     THIRD. the degree of fluorescence varies.  Some cards exist across a range of brightness varying from faint to the "hi-brite" reaction.  Some cards exist only one way. 

     It's a bit subjective.  What's "medium" brite for one card may be "lo" brite for another.  What's really needed here is an objective scale.  Unlike paper colors, which are obvious, fluorescence is only observable under a special UV light.  You learn the various degree of fluorescence by accumulating cards and comparing them.
     IN GENERAL, I sell cards in 3 Categories: Dull, Fluorescent Medium Bright, and Fluorescent High-Bright.
     IN ADDITION, "Dull" paper also exists across a range of "dullness"...some being just "flat", some having a somewhat "purplish" look to them.  Some of the cards I sell as Dull are actually VERY low bright fluorescent.

 

     SURCHARGES  There have been 2 major surcharge groups; one was created in 1920 when the USPS actually LOWERED the Postal Card rate from 2c to 1c and the other was crated in 1952 when the USPS raised the rate from 1c to 2c.  Both of these events are of great significance to Postal card collectors.

     Technically, the first group -- which involved Scott #'s UX31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, UY9 and UY10 -- wasn't a surcharge; it was an overprint...or a re-value.  Take your pick...it was a rate decrease, and therefore, not a surcharge. 
     The first (1920) group was done in 46 cities for the UXs, 14 cities for the UYs.  Records were not well kept, and re-valuing dies were often shipped from these major cities to smaller ones.

     Due to this immense variety, it was the style at the time for collectors to record the city on the back of the card, in light pencil.  Sometimes not so light...occasionally not pencil...and once in a while, on the front.  Such markings are normal, should be expected, and do not detract from the value of the card. 

     PROCEDURES were a bit spotty, and many legitimate errors were created, as well as some freaks and oddities which are not listed in the catalogs.  Varieties include:  Doubles, inverts, inverts at the lower left, inverts at the LL plus regular surcharges.  Stranger weeds sprout in the garden: Triples (and more), shifts, twisted surcharges, and various combinations of the aforementioned.  Finally...whatever can appear on the FRONT of a card can also appear on the BACK, if the card is placed in the machine the wrong way.

     Many of these varieties, while considered "favor" items by the Catalog people, are popular with collectors and have grown scarce with time.  They're often more visually striking than the "legitimate" errors.

     The second group -- UX39, 40, 41, 42 UY14 and UY15 -- was done only in a few cities, cutting down on the variety and eliminating the pencil markings...but not the varieties.  Favor items were produced, even more creative than the 1920s.  3-4-5-6 or more surcharges exist on some cards, with a variety of placements, shifts, twists, ghosts, and even albinos!  AS visually striking as the earlier group and more so, also pooh-poohed by the critics, and also much desired by collectors.

 

     IN SUMMATION  Collecting Postal Cards can be easy, or it can be complex and challenging.  If you're one of my regular customers and you have a question, please feel free to e-mail or just pick up the phone & give me a call.                    

 


           Steve Levine                                           Phone:  718-939-5788
                P.O. Box 951                                      e-mail: steve@stevelevinestamps.com
           Linden Hill Station                               
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          Flushing, NY 11354